CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3

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Minimum System Requirements


Before installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3


Installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3

Before you begin, read "Before installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3" above.

Uninstalling CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3

For Windows 2000

If you want to keep your user files such as preferences, presets, user-created fills, and customized files, click Remove. If you want to remove user files, click Change, and then click Remove. You will be prompted to remove your user files. For Windows XP

CorelDRAW Design Collections

CorelDRAW Design Collections is available on CD#4. To install CorelDRAW Design Collections you must obtain a serial number by registering your CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 applications online or through customer service. Once registered, you will receive a serial number which you will be required to input during the CorelDRAW Design Collections installation.

CorelDRAW Design Collections requires that CorelDRAW X3 and VBA be installed.


Documentation and Tutorials

The electronic documentation files listed below are available with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3. If installed, these documents can be accessed by clicking Starton the Windows taskbar,and clicking Programs > CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 > Documentation. Unless otherwise noted, these files are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader or a compatible application to view them. Adobe(R) Reader is available for download from

Digital Content

All Applications


Periodically, it may be necessary to restore the application’s workspace to the default settings. To do this, hold down F8, and start the application. A dialog box appears asking if you want to overwrite the current workspace with the factory default. Click Yes. The application will start using the default settings for the currently selected workspace. Note that you will lose any workspace customization that you have done. See the Help for information about creating, using, and customizing multiple workspaces.


A minimum 200 MB paging file is recommended for best performance when using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 applications. Paging file sizes are set in the Operating system > Virtual memory controls.

Tablet PC & Pen support

If you're using a Tablet PC with a Wacom(R) interface, and you don't have pen pressure support, you can fix this by getting a Tablet PC driver update from Wacom.

CorelDRAW X3

File I/O:


CorelDRAW X3 has the added functionality of being able to copy your content from the CD to another location and continue using the Scrapbook features. To make use of this functionality, you will need to do the following:>

  1. In the location of your choice, create a folder that has the same name as the volume label of the content CD (for example, for the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 clipart disk, you would require a folder called "CGX3_CLPART").>
  2. Copy the entire contents of that CD, including the volinfo.txt file, into this folder.>
  3. In the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\Corel\Media\Corel GRAPHICS X3 Clipart (Disk2), change the path to the location of the folder you created in step #1.>
  4. In the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\Software\Corel\Media\Corel GRAPHICS X3 Photos (Disk3), change the path to the location of the folder you created in step #1.
    You will now be able to browse and perform searches on your photos & objects without the need to use the content CDs.>

Web Features

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, or Netscape Navigator 4 or later, is required for the Web features of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3.

Artistic Media Tool

The Artistic media tool can spray and brush effects, such as transparencies and lenses; however, overlapping several strokes may decrease application performance.>




Pantone Color Guides

In the Spring of 2005, Pantone, Inc. released two new color guides: PANTONE color bridge coated and PANTONE color bridge coated EURO. These guides replace the PANTONE solid to process guide coated and PANTONE solid to process guide coated Euro.

Corel is pleased to offer support for the CMYK simulation values contained within these two guides. The PANTONE library, which is labeled PANTONE solid to process coated EURO, actually has the updated values contained in the PANTONE color bridge coated EURO guide. Unfortunately, we were unable to change the library name in time to make our planned release date for this version of CorelDRAW. We will revisit this in future releases.

With regard to the North American version of PANTONE color bridge coated, if you select PANTONE colors from the PANTONE solid coated, PANTONE solid uncoated or PANTONE solid matte libraries, the resulting CMYK values are consistent with those in PANTONE color bridge coated.

Please note that the data in the PANTONE solid to process guide coated, and PANTONE solid to process guide coated EURO is not supported in this release.

For more information about Pantone's newest guides, please visit the following links:
PANTONE color bridge coated -
PANTONE color bridge coated EURO -

Color Management


Adobe Illustrator (AI)



JPEG 2000 (JP2)

Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

Bitstream Font Navigator

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications

To use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications within CorelDRAW X3 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 must be installed. Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 is included in the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Setup under Utilities and is installed by default during a typical installation.

VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW X3

The VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW X3 will help you automate tasks and create custom solutions using VBA. If you installed CorelDRAW using the typical install, or a custom install that included VBA, then the guide is accessible from a link in the VBA Help for CorelDRAW or from the corresponding CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Start menu shortcut.

Updating Macros from CorelDRAW 12 to CorelDRAW X3

To ensure that a macro written for CorelDRAW 12 will work as designed in CorelDRAW X3, you may need to change the name of the class, method, or property, or you may have to change parameters for the macro.

GMS Folders in the User Profile Path

GMS files are normally saved to the GMS folders under the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3\Draw and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3\CorelPHOTO-PAINT folders. If the user does not have write access to these folders, the GMS folders will be saved to the User Draw and CorelPHOTO-PAINT folders.

To use the Add-ins for a Windows XP Limited User Account

Follow the steps below to use add-ins for a Limited User account (the example is for Corel PHOTO-PAINT):

  1. Log in with administrator privileges to the system where you want to run the add-in.
  2. Run regsvr32.exe on the add-in. This will add the required class IDs and registry keys that only an administrator can create.
  3. Run regedit.exe. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Corel/CorelDraw/13.0/Corel PHOTO-PAINT/Addins.
  4. Select the key for your add-in (for example, PhotoPaint.Addin1).
  5. From the Registry menu, click Export Registry File. Enable the Selected Branch option, type a filename in the File name box, and click Save.
  6. Log in to the Limited User account and run regedit.exe.
  7. From the Registry menu, click Import Registry File, specify the .reg file that you exported in step 5, and click Open.
  8. You should be able to run the add-in from this Limited User account.

Trial, Academic, and OEM Versions

Not all components are available in our trial, Academic, and OEM versions. Unavailable components may include Corel applications, features, third-party utilities and extra content files. However, some of these components may still be referred to within the applications and within the documentation.>

Technical support

Technical Support is not available for OEM, "white box," jewel case (CD only), trial, or Academic versions of Corel products. For more information, please visit

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Service Pack 1

The overall stability and performance of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT have been improved. There are enhancements in the following areas.

Application Workspace

Bitmap Controls & Effects


Note: After installing Service Pack 1, CorelDRAW files containing Device N images with custom spot colors may have the color values or color names altered when opened in CorelDRAW.

Import/Export Filters

Adobe Illustrator (AI)



Portable Document Format (PDF)

HPGL Plotter (PLT)


Adobe Photoshop (PSD)

TIFF Bitmap (TIF)

Object Attributes & Controls









Vector Effects

Web Functions

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 Service Pack 2

CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT are now certified for use with Microsoft Vista, and stability and performance have been further improved. In addition, the following areas have been enhanced:

Import/Export Filters

Adobe Illustrator (AI)


Portable Document Format (PDF)


Raster Formats






Web Functions


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