CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4. © Corel

The Bottom Line

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 is a value leader, providing capable, professional tools for just about any graphics task. The Suite includes CorelDRAW for vector-based drawing and page layout, PHOTO-PAINT for image editing and photo retouching, and several supporting utilities. While Graphics Suite X3 was a significant upgrade, going to X4 from X3 is a more evolutionary step and users will have to decide if the (primarily page layout oriented) new features will impact their workflow significantly.

For users of version 12 and earlier, upgrading to X4 is highly recommended.

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  • Excellent value for the money--integrated applications fulfill a variety of graphics needs.
  • The software and all content is now delivered on a single DVD.
  • Interactive tools let you to control options in the workspace--without intrusive dialog boxes.
  • Impressive import/export file format compatibility--support for more than 100 formats.
  • Native RAW support in Corel PHOTO-PAINT.


  • Version X3 users don't have a lot of compelling reasons to upgrade.
  • PHOTO-PAINT has finally gotten some attention, but still lags behind many photo editors.
  • The CorelDRAW Suite has always been a bit weak in the Web graphics department.
  • Often snubbed by some design professionals and service bureaus (printing services).
  • For Windows Vista/XP only--Macintosh and Windows 2000/98/Me are no longer supported.


  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 is a bundle of applications for illustration, page layout, photo editing, and Web graphics.
  • Provides exceptional value for design professionals, business users, teachers, students, and home users.
  • Includes CorelDRAW, PHOTO-PAINT, PowerTRACE, CAPTURE, Font Navigator, bar code wizard, and more.
  • Includes more than 10,000 pieces of clip art and digital images, 1000 hi-res photos, 1000 fonts, and 80 templates.
  • Supports more than 100 file types, EXIF data from digital cameras, RAW camera files, and pressure-sensitive drawing tablets.
  • New: Integrates with Windows Vista Instant Search and Windows Desktop Search with indexed content and Explorer thumbnails.
  • New: WhattheFont integration for font identification. ConceptShare for online collaboration.
  • New: Interactive table layout, independent page layers, live text formatting, mirror paragraph text, quotation mark editing.
  • New in PAINT: Real-time histogram, RAW support, straighten tool, more precise curves adjustment.
  • Improved: Print merge, PowerTRACE with new centerline trace method, PDF Import, modernized interface, new format support.

Guide Review - CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has long been an incredible value, combining two full-featured applications: CorelDRAW for vector-based drawing and page layout, and PHOTO-PAINT for image editing and photo retouching. Supporting utilities include PowerTRACE for bitmap to vector conversions, Bitstream Font Navigator for font management, a screen capture tool, and more. The Suite also offers import/export support for more than 100 file formats and a large collection of clip art, stock photos, fonts, and templates.

The Suite was significantly improved for version X3 with new tools for drawing and image editing, improvements to text handling, and a completely re-worked raster-to-vector conversion tool. Version X4 builds on the performance and stability of X3, and introduces a smaller set of enhancements, mostly in the area of page layout and typography.

When Graphics Suite X3 was released, I said the upgrade was a "no brainer." That's still true for users of version 12 and below, but users of version X3 will not see as significant a change in this version. The new features are very welcome and practical, they just might not impact every user in a big way.

As with X3, the Suite includes a printed User Guide, a spiral-bound Digital Content Manual, and quick reference card; plus you get two hours of training videos and the CorelDRAW Handbook: "Insights from the Experts." Simplifying the installation process, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 is now delivered a single DVD which contains the software and bonus content.

Despite its intuitive workspace and impressive versatility, CorelDRAW has been snubbed by some industry professionals, yet it is a very capable design tool. For design pros, small businesses, home users, students, and educators, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4's ease of use and value are extremely tough to beat.

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