CorelDraw updated for 2024

A new 2024 version of the CorelDraw Graphics Suite, which is now owned by Alludo, has been introduced, offering new fonts and brushes, along with new versions of CorelDraw Technical Suite, CorelDraw Standard and CorelDraw Essentials.

The CorelDraw software was originally developed by the Corel Corporation, which itself was owned by the private equity firm Vector Capital since 2003. In 2019 Corel was acquired by the investment firm KKR and Co and changed its name to Cascade Parent Limited, which trades under the brand name of Alludo. Consequently the company is still headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. 

This latest version benefits from improvements to performance and the user interface. It also boasts 100 pixel-based brushes, controlled by vector curves.  In adddition, there’s a new remote font feature whereby users can preview fonts online, directly in the font list without downloading them first. If the font is used, then it’s automatically downloaded. 

The non-destructive bitmap effects have been improved and can be controlled from one place without having dialog boxes getting in the way, allowing users to see the effects on their image as they alter the settings. 

CorelDraw has also jumped onto the Artificial Intelligence bandwagon, with an optional generative AI plugin, Vision FX, for CorelDraw and Corel PhotoPaint, which uses text prompts to add effects to users images. CorelDraw includes a number of AI-driven tools from AI-powered image upsampling and artifact removal to ML-based bitmap to vector tracing and Art Style presets.

It’s available as a one-off license for £659 or a subscription for £319 per year. Those customers that work through a subscription will also get access to 300 new cloud-based design templates.

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