Corel Introduces the "Summer of Painter"

Corel Corporation today kicked off the "Summer of Painter™" with two announcements regarding Corel Painter IX, the world’s most powerful and enjoyable digital art studio. Used by top artists working in film, gaming, commercial illustration, and photography, Painter IX is the standard by which all other digital painting applications are measured, and the only tool for professionals who make their living in digital art.

"Everything about Corel Painter is designed to emulate the traditional experience, ensuring that classically trained professional artists can take full advantage of their talents and techniques in the digital world," said Sean Young, Product Manager for Corel Painter IX. "Painter IX is already a truly outstanding product, but we never stop trying to push the envelope with its power and realism. With the new 9.1 update, our customers will be able to go to places the digital brush could never take them before."

New 9.1 Update Gives Creative Professionals Greater Realism, Control, and Performance!
The Corel Painter IX 9.1 update is now available as a free download for all Painter IX customers. The update provides customers with new features and enhancements including:

Dual Monitor Support for Windows — Customers running Windows 2000 and Windows XP can now also experience the same level of dual monitor support enjoyed by Mac OS X customers. Palettes, toolbars, and the toolbox can now be moved outside the application window and dialog boxes appear on the same monitor as the active canvas.

New Art Pen Brushes — Following the introduction of the Corel Painter IX Art Pen Brush Pack this spring, Corel has introduced five additional brushes to take advantage of the powerful realism and control of the Wacom 6D Art Pen. Customers who download the 9.1 update will receive 10 brushes in total, which include the five brushes previously introduced in the Art Pen Brush Pack.

Enhanced Dab Type Support for ‘Rotation’ Expression — In addition to adding new brushes to take advantage of the Wacom 6D Art Pen, Corel Painter IX 9.1 offers rotation expression with the following Dab types: Circular, Captured Dab, Artists’ Oils, Camel Hair, Flat, Liquid Ink Camel Hair, Liquid Ink Flat, Watercolor Camel Hair, Watercolor Flat, Palette Knife, Liquid Ink Palette Knife, and Watercolor Palette Knife.

Targa Channel Support — Corel Painter IX 9.1 adds support for one channel when working with Targa (TGA) files, which are used extensively by customers in game development and 3D animation.

Enhanced Support for Mac OS X Tiger — Corel Painter IX 9.1 now provides even better overall performance when running on Tiger. This enhancement complements the Corel Painter IX Spotlight plugin introduced earlier this spring that enables customers to take full advantage of Tiger’s advanced searching capabilities with their Painter files.

To download the Corel Painter IX 9.1 update and to access a full list of included enhancements, please visit

"This Painter IX update is Corel’s latest achievement in delivering painting software that intuitively performs to an artist’s expectations," said Scott Rawlings, Wacom Vice President of Marketing. "Corel demonstrates clear leadership in delivering software that leverages Wacom’s latest technological advances. Together, we provide an unmatched, natural environment that captures nuances and intricacies of an artist’s hand movements."

Significant Savings — New Customers Can Now Buy Corel Painter IX at the Upgrade Price!
Starting today, Corel has introduced the Corel Painter Open Upgrade Program for customers in North America and the United Kingdom. Until August 31, 2005, the Corel Painter IX upgrade policy has been broadened to include any graphics or imaging software package from the following companies: Adobe, Macromedia, ACD Systems, Corel (including Corel Painter Classic, Painter Essentials, and any previous version of Painter), Microsoft, and Apple. For a limited time, Corel Painter IX is available through Corel and participating resellers at the upgrade suggested retail price of $229 — a savings of $200 off the full suggested retail price of $429. Resellers may sell for less. For more details, please visit

The "Summer of Painter" builds on the tremendous success that Corel Painter IX has enjoyed since its introduction last fall. Receiving an overwhelming response from leading publications, Corel Painter IX has been honored with the PC World World Class Award, Editors’ Choice awards from PC Magazine, CNET and MacAddict, as well as 5 Diamond awards from Photoshop User and MacDesign magazines.

About Corel
Corel Corporation provides innovative software solutions that help millions of value-conscious businesses and consumers in over 75 countries improve their productivity. The Company is renowned for its powerful software portfolio that combines innovative photo editing and graphics creation, vector-illustration, and technical-graphics applications along with office and personal productivity solutions. Corel’s flagship products include the CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite, the WordPerfect® Office Suite, the Corel Painter Natural-Media® painting and illustration software and the Paint Shop™ Family of digital photography and image-editing software.

Corel was acquired by San Francisco-based Vector Capital in August 2003, and since that time, has re-established growth for its flagship product lines and achieved multiple consecutive quarters of corporate profitability. Founded in 1985, Corel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more information, please

Posted on: July 19, 2005

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