CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12


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 Minimum System Requirements

    * Windows 2000 with SP4, or Windows XP with SP1 (Home, Professional, or Tablet PC Edition)
    * Pentium II, 200 MHz or greater
    * 128 MB RAM (256 MB RAM recommended)
    * Mouse or tablet
    * 1024 x 768 screen resolution (768 x 1024 on a Tablet PC)
    * CD-ROM drive
    * 250 MB hard disk space (CorelDRAW only; more space will be required for other suite applications)
    * Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher


Before installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

    * Make sure that you system Date/Time are set correctly
    * Close all applications, including all virus detection programs and applications that are open in the system tray or on the Windows taskbar. Not doing so may increase the installation time and interfere with installation.
    * On Windows 2000 or XP, you should be logged in as an administrator or as a user with administrative rights.
    * Make sure that you have enough free disk space available on the drive where you want to install the application.
    * To avoid file and memory conflicts, close all running programs and delete the contents of your system's TEMP folders. [C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temp] and [C:\\Temp]
    * Corel recommends that you install CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 in its own directory to avoid conflicts with previous versions.


    * For network administrators, a Network Administrator Guide (N.A.G.) is available to organizations that have purchased multiple licenses of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12. For more information, contact Corel's Licensing Department or Customer Service.

Installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

Before you begin, read "Before installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12," above.

   1. Insert Disc 1 in the CD drive.
      If the Intro screen does not start automatically, click Start on the Windows taskbar, and click Run. Type D:\Intro.exe or D:\Setup.exe, where D is the letter that corresponds to the CD drive.
   2. Follow the instructions for installing the application.

Uninstalling CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

For Windows 2000

   1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Settings > Control panel > Add/remove programs.
      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 user files.

For Windows XP

   1. On the Windows taskbar, click Start > Control panel > Add or remove programs.
      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 user files.


Documentation and Tutorials

The electronic documentation files listed below are available with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12. If installed, these documents can be accessed by clicking Start on the Windows taskbar, and clicking Programs > CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 > Documentation. Unless otherwise noted, these files are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader or a compatible application to view them. Adobe Reader is available for download from

    * The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 User Guide can be installed during setup. If installed, it will be linked from the Windows Start menu under CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 > Documentation. If not installed, you can add it to your existing installation through Control panel > Add/remove programs. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12, Change.
    * Quick Reference Cards for CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Corel R.A.V.E. are available for each application as separate PDF files.
    * If the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) component for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 is installed, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite Programming Guide for VBA as well as the Object Model documents will be available.
    * Tutorials for CorelDRAW 12, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 12 and Corel R.A.V.E. 3 are available for each application and accessible from the Start menu. The start pages are in HTML format and require an Internet browser to view them, while the individual tutorials are PDF files. All sample files for tutorials are available from the ...\Program Files\Corel\Corel Graphics 12\Languages\\Tutorials\Samples files or the equivalent subfolder.

Digital Content

    * Hundreds of TrueType and Type 1 fonts are included with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12; however, they must first be added or installed to be used within applications. For more information on installing fonts, refer to your Windows documentation, the Help within Font Navigator or any other font management program.
    * Fonts are available within the Fonts folder on CD #3, as well as within the Extra Fonts folder located on CD #2.
    * Extra Pattern fill, Spraylist and Tile files are available on CD #2. Brush textures, Image lists and Sound files are available on CD #3. See the Help for more information on how to load and use these files within CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 applications.
    * Samples files for each application are available in a samples sub-folder for each application
      (for example, ..\Program Files\Corel\Corel Graphics 12\Draw\Samples).

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.

In some language modules, controls may appear smaller than the same control in other languages causing text in the controls to be cut off. Holding down F8 while restarting the application to reset the language module workspace may resolve the issue. Note that you will lose any workspace customization that you have done (unless you have exported your workspace previously). See the Help for information about creating, using, and customizing multiple workspaces.

Performance (all applications)
A minimum 200 MB paging file is recommended for best performance when using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12 applications. Paging file sizes are set in the Operating system >Virtual memory controls.

Color Management:

    * Composite output of duotones is grayscale.
    * Using the Find and replace feature may remove overprint from fills.
    * Drop shadows in Corel PHOTO-PAINT don't fully support CMYK — original CMYK values are not guaranteed on output.

Tablet PC

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

CorelDRAW 12 and Corel R.A.V.E. 3

File I/O:

    You can make use of the new Unicode compatibility and have all application text (for example, layer names, object names, and so on) from earlier versions appear correctly. To do this, when opening a file created in an earlier version that ran on an operating system with a different code page from that of your current operating system, make sure to set the appropriate code page in the Open dialog box. For example, if you created a CorelDRAW 11 file on a Japanese operating system and you are opening the file in CorelDRAW 12 running on an English operating system, when opening the file, you would need to set the code page to 932.

    When opening CDR/DES files created in Corel DESIGNER Professional SG that contain unsupported objects (for example, diametric/radial dimensions or callouts), a warning message will appear indicating that the file contains unsupported objects. These objects will appear locked while working in CorelDRAW 12. You will have the option of unlocking them and converting them to grouped objects; however, if you wish to resave the file and maintain the Corel DESIGNER Professional SG features intact, you should leave these objects locked.


    If CorelDRAW 12 is installed on a system that also has CorelDRAW 11 and/or CorelDRAW 10, the search capability in the earlier versions will be affected. After completing a search in CorelDRAW 11 or 10, a blank list is generated in the Results window. To avoid this, you can modify the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\COREL\CorelSearch\CorelDRAW12. Modify the registry key from a dynamic value to the absolute language ID (for example, if searching in English, the modification would be to change the path from ..\Languages\\Programs\Search.idx to ..\Languages\EN\Programs\Search.idx)

    New functionality
    CorelDRAW 12 now 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 new 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 12 clipart disk, you would require a folder called "CG12_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 12 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 12 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 5 or later, and Netscape Navigator 4, are required for the Web features of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 12

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.


    * For multilingual support in Windows 2000, do the following: From the control panel, double-click Regional options. Click the General tab, and click Set default. This changes the system code page. Then, install the appropriate keyboard or input method editor (IME).
    * For multilingual support in Windows XP, do the following with an administrator account: From the control panel, click Date, time, language, and regional options. Click Regional and language options. Click the Advanced tab. In the Language for non-Unicode programs area, choose a language from the list box. Then, install the appropriate keyboard or IME.
    * In Windows 2000, changing the default Writing Tool language to a language for which there is currently no keyboard installed will install the language keyboard.
    * When TrueDoc is used to embed fonts within a document, double-byte and bidirectional fonts are not supported.
    * To change the code page of selected text and selected text objects, click Text > Encode. It is recommended that the code page be set first, in Text > Encode prior to applying non-unicode fonts to selected text and selected text objects.

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

Corel R.A.V.E. 3

Corel R.A.V.E. 1.0 or 2.0 files involving rotated tweened objects that had their rotation center point altered will animate differently in Corel R.A.V.E. 3.



      Sound for Web rollover states is not supported in Netscape Navigator.

      128 MB of RAM is the minimum requirement to use the Cutout tool. However, for larger images you should make sure you have at least 3 times the image size in available memory (either real or virtual memory).



      To print from some printers (such as HP20PS), you may have to disable the page orientation prompt. To disable the prompt, click Tools > Options, and from the Global list of categories choose Printing. Choose Off- Always match orientation for the Page orientation prompt option.

      The Print dialog box may not not launch unless an active printer is made the default printer.

      On some HP PostScript printers, some gradients may not match the file.

      Hairline outlines with transparencies applied may not print as expected on non-PostScript printers.

      On PostScript printers, some fountain fills do not match the file.

      Print Merge

      When more than one field is used for merging, you cannot rename a field.

      Performing a merge with an ODBC Data source may display a document with blank fields (example: Microsoft Excel).



        * Character spacing may not be as expected when importing PDF files containing fonts that are not installed on your system. Selecting a similar font or embedding the font in the PDF file resolves the problem. If you embed the font, the PDF file will be slightly larger.
        * Pattern fills and square gradients in PDF files cannot be imported into CorelDRAW or Corel R.A.V.E.
        * Duotone and placed EPS files cannot be displayed in exported PDF files; however, they do print properly.
        * Backward compatibility to CorelDraw 11 PDF import: Fonts in a PDF file created in CorelDRAW 12 will import into CorelDRAW 11 as question marks. This is due to Unicode characters in CorelDRAW 12 PDFs.
        * Acrobat 6.0 files are not fully supported for PDF import.
        * Adobe Illustrator 11 CS files are not fully supported for PDF/AI import.

    JPEG 2000 (JP2)

        * Not all Web browsers support the JPEG 2000 file format (JPEG 2000 Standard and JPEG 2000 Codestream). You may require a plug-in to view files saved to this format.
        * JP2 import filter supports JPEG 2000 Standard and JPEG 2000 Codestream.
        * JPEG 2000 Codestream uses the .jp2 filename extension with metadata on export.

    Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

        * The following units are supported on export: inches, centimeters, millimeters, pixels and percentage.
        * The W3C Filter effects, Interact, Script, Animation, Extend, and DOM features are not supported.
        * Gradient and pattern outlines are not supported on import.
        * Images containing lenses may not export properly to SVG.
        * Rounded rectangles are converted to curves on import.
        * To preview SVG files through the SVG export dialog box, you need an SVG viewer.

    Visio (VSD)

        * Versions 4, 5, and 2002 are supported.

    QuickTime (MOV)

        * To open, import, save, or export to the QuickTime (MOV) and QuickTime VR (QTVR) file formats, QuickTime Player 5 or higher must be installed.

    FreeHand (FH)

        * Range kerning may not be retained when importing FreeHand 8 files containing text. FreeHand 8 files containing text boxes inside other objects do not import properly as PowerClip objects.

    Macromedia Flash (SWF)

        * Images containing lenses may not export properly to the Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format.

    Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

        * When exporting transparent backgrounds to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file format, the background is combined with the image.
        * Not all browsers support PNG transparency. Please check with your browser documentation.

    Windows 3.x / Windows NT Icon Resource (ICO)

        * The ICO file format is supported on Windows only; it is not supported on the Mac OS. When importing an ICO file containing a mask, the mask may import incorrectly.

    AutoCAD (DXF)

    * When importing DXF files, the Auto-reduce nodes option removes hidden lines caused by multiple views within the file. It does not modify nodes on curve objects.
    * Importing file formats that contain 3D objects will have unexpected results.
    * Convert Prefect Shapes to curves before exporting to DXF. If a drawing contains perfect shapes, an incomplete file is created.
    * On export, all fonts are mapped to an AutoCAD default font, txt.shx.
    * When a document contains lines of 1.0 or 2.0 mm thickness, exporting the document results in an incomplete file.

    Adobe Photoshop (PSD)

    When exporting to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format with the Maintain layers option enabled, preview is unavailable and the file size indicator is incorrect.

    Corel DESIGNER / Micrografx Designer (DSF)

    Line caps on thick lines may appear very large after importing.

    Blended objects may shrink in the middle of the blend.


    * When importing multilingual text, click the Options button, and select a code page that corresponds to the language the text was formatted in.
    * Upon importing text, all characters are converted to Unicode.
    * Under some scenarios the text may appear as blocks. This usually indicates that the selected font does not have characters needed to display that range of Unicode values. Try selecting or obtaining a font that has the required characters.
    * Multilingual text is supported for Rich Text Format (RTF) and for most text and spreadsheet formats (such as Microsoft Word (DOC), WordPerfect (WPD), and other supported text formats that store multilingual data).
    * Japanese text imports only as RTF.

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications

To use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications within CorelDRAW 12 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT 12, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 must be installed. Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 is included in the CorelDRAW Graphic Suite 12 Setup under Utilities and is installed by default during a typical installation.

VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW 12

The VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW 12 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 12 Start menu shortcut.

Updating Macros from CorelDRAW 11 to CorelDRAW 12

To ensure that a macro written for CorelDRAW 11 will work as designed in CorelDRAW 12, 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 Corel Graphics 12\Draw and Corel Graphics 12\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/Corel PHOTO-PAINT/12.0/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.
      You should be able to run the add-in from this Limited User account.

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