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Minimum System Requirements


  • Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Me, or Windows XP
  • Pentium II, 200 MHz or greater
  • 64 MB RAM (128 MB is recommended, and required for Windows XP)
  • Mouse or tablet
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • CD drive
  • 200 MB hard disk space


  • Mac OS 10.1
  • 128 MB RAM
  • Mouse or tablet
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • CD drive
  • 250 MB hard disk space


Older versions of applications

Corel does not recommend installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 over an older version. Install to a new folder.

Before installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11

Before you install CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, you must close all other applications, including virus detection programs. If other applications are running, they may interfere with the normal installation process. In Windows, open applications are displayed on the taskbar. On the Mac OS, in the Dock, a small, black triangle displays below the icons of open applications.

(Windows) Notes

  • If you uninstall a previous version of CorelDRAW, Corel R.A.V.E., or Corel PHOTO-PAINT, you should complete the uninstall. Corel does not recommend canceling this process once it has begun.
  • After installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, you can add or remove components, reinstall previously selected components, or remove the entire installation. From the Control Panel, double-click Add/remove programs (or in Windows XP, click Add or remove programs). Choose Corel Graphics Suite 11 from the list, and click Add/remove (or in Windows XP, click Change/remove). Enable one of the following options:
    Modify - add or remove components
    Repair - reinstall all previously selected components
    Remove all - remove all components
  • Right-clicking the Corel Graphics Suite 11.msi file to install or uninstall is not supported.

(Mac OS) Note

Installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 to a UNIX partition on a Macintosh computer is not supported.

Documentation and Tutorials

  • Electronic copies of the user guides are included on the Applications CD, in the Documentation folder. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view them. Adobe Acrobat Reader is also required to view locally installed tutorials. Adobe Acrobat Reader is included on Disc 2.
  • To enable the full-text search (FTS) in the Help for a Windows XP Limited User, the Administrator must first access the application's Help from an Administrator account, click the Search tab, and follow the instructions in the Find Setup wizard. Once this has been done, all XP Limited Users can use the full-text search in the Help.

Web Browsers

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher, and Netscape Navigator 4, are supported for use with the Web features of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11.


Periodically, it may become necessary to restore the application’s workspace to the default settings. To do this, hold down F8 (Windows) or Shift (Mac OS), and start the application. A dialog box will appear 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.

Notes for Windows Users

Application presets

Application presets are saved to your user profile folder. In some cases, your user profile folder will be hidden from view in Windows Explorer. If presets are hidden, you can display them by doing the following:

  1. Double-click My Computer on the Desktop, or load Windows Explorer.
  2. Click Tools > Folder options.
    If you are using Windows 98 or earlier, click View > Folder options.
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. Enable the Show hidden files and folders option.
    If you are using Windows 98 or earlier, enable the Show all files option.

File associations

If both CorelDRAW 10 and CorelDRAW 11 are installed on the same system, some file formats may be associated with Corel PHOTO-PAINT 10. To override this, you must change the file associations within the application. Click Tools > Options. In the list of categories, double-click Global, double-click Filters, and click Associate. Enable the check boxes for the file types you want to associate with the application.

Notes for Mac OS Users


Only packaged (Adobe Photoshop 7 compatible) plug-ins are supported.

Bitstream Font Reserve

Bitstream Font Reserve always installs to the Mac OS X partition, even if another partition is selected. You can move the application folder to another partition or folder without affecting the application.


Print Merge

  • When auto-increment is disabled, off-limit numbers appear as data.
  • When more than one field is used for merging, you cannot rename a field.

Service Bureau

  • Prepare for service bureau does not gather linked files.
  • The Service bureau profiler dialog box cannot be minimized.

Windows Issues

  • You may experience problems in Print Preview with certain Type 1 fonts when Fit to page is enabled.
  • A document with an uneven number of pages may not print as expected when duplexed to a Lexmark printer.
  • 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.

Mac OS Issues

  • CorelDRAW files containing pages of different orientations may not print on the HP Color LaserJet 4500-PS printer when using the Double sided full page imposition layout.
  • When the Preflight tab is active in the Print dialog box, the Mini preview window is blank.
  • In Print preview, zooming with the mouse scroll wheel may cause pages to temporarily disappear from view.
  • Although the Mini preview window does not belong in the Print preview window, it may display there if you click File > Print, click the Mini preview button, click Print preview, click outside the application window, and then return to the application.
  • When using Print merge with a Japanese keyboard, the field name and data entered are displayed in a separate window.

Color Management

  • PANTONE colors displayed in the software application or in the user documentation may not match PANTONE-identified standards. Consult the current PANTONE color publications for accurate color information.
  • PANTONE® and other Pantone, Inc. trademarks are the property of Pantone, Inc. © Pantone Inc., 2001
  • Pantone, Inc. is the copyright owner of color data and/or software which are licensed to Corel Corporation to distribute for use only in combination with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11.
  • PANTONE color data and/or software cannot be copied onto another disk or into memory except as part of the execution of CorelDRAW 11, Corel PHOTO-PAINT 11, or Corel R.A.V.E. 2.
  • The gamut alarm is not accurate when using the Kodak Color Matching Module.
  • Find and replace may remove overprint from fills.
  • (Mac OS) The Download color profiles option produces a server error if more than 300K is downloaded at once.

Importing and Exporting

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.
  • Import: Files with the .jp2 filename extension support JPEG 2000 Standard and JPEG 2000 Codestream.
  • Filename extension: JPEG 2000 Codestream uses the .jp2 filename extension with Metadata on export.

QuickTime (MOV)

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


  • 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 print properly.
  • PDF files containing double-byte fonts may not import properly.

PostScript Interpreted

Importing with VM size set to 1.0 or 1.1 may cause an Invalid file format error.

Windows XP

Files of some file formats may take a long time to import from a network drive.

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.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

  • The W3C "non zero" fill rule is not supported.
  • When exporting to SVG, the following units are supported: inches, centimeters, millimeters, and pixels.
  • The W3C Interact, Script, Animation, Extend, and DOM features are not supported.
  • In SVG files, outlines with gradient and pattern fills turn black when imported.
  • (Mac OS) SVG with Object Data Manager Input is not available.

Visio (VSD)

Only versions 4 & 5 are supported.

Portable Network Graphics (PNG)

When exporting transparent backgrounds to the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file format, the background is combined with the image.

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.

3D Model (3DM)

(Windows) This file format is no longer supported.


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.

(Windows) AutoCAD (DXF/DWG)

  • When importing, fonts used for text and text styles both appear in the PANOSE dialog box.
  • When importing, font typeface and justification settings may not be retained.

Adobe Photoshop (PSD)

  • When exporting to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format with the Maintain layers option enabled, preview is unavailable.
  • When exporting to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format with the Maintain layers option enabled, the file size indicator is incorrect.
  • When exporting a file containing a lens to the Adobe Photoshop (PSD) file format, layers are not maintained, even if the Maintain layers option is enabled.

(Windows) CorelDESIGNER / Micrografx Designer (DSF)

  • Line caps on thick lines may appear very large after importing.
  • Text from locked and invisible layers is ignored.
  • Blended objects may shrink in the middle of the blend.

Color palettes

When saving to the CorelDRAW 9 or 10 file formats, tints from the new color palettes are remapped to user inks. This may result in multiple user ink spot colors being defined in the file.

(Windows) Text

  • 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).
  • Since ANSI text (TXT) does not support multilingual data, all text is imported with the current document settings
  • Japanese text imports only as RTF.
  • Bidi text (Hebrew, Arabic) is not supported.
  • RTF import successfully retains Cyrillic character sets.
  • To import or export multilingual text, you must set Regional and Keyboard settings to match the language of the text.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For multilingual support in all other Windows operating systems (for Japanese text files), the appropriate Japanese fonts must be installed, and the global Input Method Editor (IME) must be installed.

(Mac OS) Text

  • Multilingual text is supported for Rich Text Format (RTF).
  • ANSI text (TXT) does not support multilingual data.
  • Bidi text (Hebrew, Arabic) is not supported.
  • If there are multilingual characters in filenames, your operating system must be of the same language. For example, a file whose filename contains Japanese characters can only be opened on a Japanese operating system.
  • On Mac OS X, Russian text is supported only on a Russian version of the operating system.

Globalization (Non-native operating system issues)

  • Multilingual support applies to text within a document only.
  • Global IME is supported only at the document level.
  • Double-byte and bidirectional fonts are not supported when using TrueDoc to embed fonts within a document.
  • When installing different language keyboards on Microsoft Windows NT or Microsoft Windows 2000, you must change both the input locale and the keyboard layout to a language appropriate for CorelDRAW in order to apply the correct text formatting.
  • (Mac OS X) If you experience font synchronization problems when switching between Japanese and English text input, it is recommended that you enable the Font and keyboard synchronization option in the operating system. In System preferences, click International. Click the Keyboard menu tab and click Options. Enable the Font and keyboard synchronization option. Log out and log in for the change to take effect.
  • ScanSoft OmniPage SE installs only on an operating system of the same language. For example, the English version of OmniPage SE installs only on an English operating system.

CorelDRAW 11 and Corel R.A.V.E. 2

Artistic Media Tool

The Artistic Media tool can spray and brush effects, such as transparency, lenses, and drop shadows; however, overlapping several strokes can decrease application performance.


TrueDoc font embedding does not support OpenType fonts; the document will be saved without the fonts.

PANOSE Font Matching

When opening sample files or templates on the Macintosh that have been created in a Windows version of the application, or from content CDs, a PANOSE Font Matching message may appear. There are two possible reasons for this message:

  1. The fonts are not installed. Fonts can be installed from Disc 2 after installation.
  2. Font name differences. Some font name spellings differ for Windows and Macintosh. To specify font equivalents for the Windows and Macintosh platforms, do the following: Click Tools > Options (Windows) or [application name] > Preferences (Mac OS). Double-click Text, click Fonts, and click PANOSE font matching. Click Spellings, and click Add. Choose a Windows font name from the list box, and type the Macintosh equivalent in the Macintosh name box.

Corel R.A.V.E. 2

If you use the Load movie behavior in a movie, the Macromedia Flash preview requires that the main movie and all loaded movies be in the same folder. To preview the Load movie behavior in a movie, instead of clicking File > Flash preview in browser, export the main movie to the Macromedia Flash (SWF) file format, and to the same folder as all loaded movies. In the Flash export dialog box, enable the Display in browser when done check box.


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

(Windows) Corel CAPTURE 11

  • If you experience problems sending images to OLE applications, do one of the following:
    – Start CorelDRAW or Corel PHOTO-PAINT before capturing
    – Paste the contents into the OLE application. The capture may have been sent to the Clipboard.
  • If you install Corel CAPTURE with the Small fonts Windows display setting and change to Large fonts after the install, only half of the dialog box is displayed. To fix this, you must reinstall Corel CAPTURE with Large fonts. (To change the font size setting, in the Control Panel, double-click Display. Click the Settings tab. Click Advanced, and choose Small fonts or Large fonts from the Font size list box. If you are using Windows XP, in the Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, click Display. Click the Appearance tab, and choose Normal or Large fonts from the Font size list box.)

(Windows) CorelTRACE 11

  • If the Scrapbook Docker window remains open after closing CorelTRACE, the application may not restart.
  • Clicking Image > Edit Image may start Microsoft Paint instead of Corel PHOTO-PAINT 11.

Trial, Academic, and OEM Versions

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

(Windows) Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)

Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications

To use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications within CorelDRAW 11 and Corel PHOTO-PAINT 11, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 must be installed. Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications 6.3 is included in the CorelDRAW Graphic Suite 11 Setup under Custom Install options and is installed by default during a Typical or default Custom installation.


After installing CorelDRAW 11, you must leave the CD in the CD drive after rebooting to complete the installation of Visual Basic for Applications.

VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW 11

The new VBA Programming Guide for CorelDRAW 11 will help you automate tasks and create custom solutions using VBA in CorelDRAW. 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 CorelDRAW VBA Help.

VBA Help

The Help for CorelDRAW VBA has been improved. Most of the properties and methods now have code samples to show how to use the property or method.

Updating Macros from CorelDRAW 10 to CorelDRAW 11

To ensure that a macro written for CorelDRAW 10 will work as designed in CorelDRAW 11, you may need to change the name of the class, method, or property, or change parameters for the macro. For more information, see Updating macros from CorelDRAW 10 to CorelDRAW 11 in the CorelDRAW VBA Help.

FindShapes method from Shapes

Shapes.FindShapes is not fully implemented. It still functions with the old parameters.

GMS folder in the User Profile Path

GMS files are normally saved to the GMS folders under the Corel Graphics 11/Draw and Corel Graphics 11/CorelPHOTO-PAINT folders. If the user does not have write access to these folders, the GMS folders will be saved to the user's Draw and CorelPHOTO-PAINT folders.

Shipping Macros

CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT now include additional GMS files. CorelDRAW comes with a FileConverter.gms file and a CalendarWizard.gms file. For more information, please see the CorelDRAW VBA Help for an overview of these macros. Corel PHOTO-PAINT comes with an HTMLSlideShow.gms file, which takes open files in Corel PHOTO-PAINT and converts them to an HTML slide show.

New Text Functions

The text classes in VBA now support multiple languages. Following is an example using double-byte characters:

Sub test()
Dim strVBA As String
Dim strDraw As String
Dim c As String
Dim n As Long
strVBA = "wóääjijôfâÔóâLZó"
strDraw = ""
For n = 1 To Len(strVBA)
c = Mid$(strVBA, n, 1)
strDraw = strDraw & ChrW$(Asc(c))
Next n
ActiveLayer.CreateArtisticText 0, 0, strVBA, , cdrCharSetRussian
ActiveLayer.CreateArtisticTextWide 5, 0, strDraw, , cdrCharSetRussian
End Sub

VBA on Windows XP

After installing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 on Windows XP with an Administrator account, you should start VBA with the same account before logging in and starting with a Limited User account. The file, VBE6EXT.OLB, must be registered upon initialization of VBA. The Administrator account can register this file, but a Limited User cannot. If you use a Limited User account without first starting VBA as an Administrator, you can use VBA, but you will receive an error message, "VBE6EXT.OLB could not be loaded."

To get the add-ins to work for a Windows XP Limited User account

Follow the steps below to get add-ins to work for a Limited User account (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/11.0/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.
    Now you should be able to run the add-in from this Limited User account.


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