Creative software maker Corel has revealed that its CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3 has been given the nod from Microsoft -- and claims it is the first graphics suite to be certified for Microsoft Windows Vista. Microsoft's new operating system launches to consumers tomorrow.

According to Corel, CorelDraw Graphics Suite X3 customers who wish to install the Certified for Windows Vista version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 can download the latest service pack (SP2) from www.corel.com. This new update delivers an exceptional experience for customers on Windows Vista including an updated user interface, enhanced security, improved text handling and further enhancements to the popular suite's renowned import and export file compatibility.

"CorelDRAW has always been recognized as a premier graphics application for Windows and enjoys a long-standing reputation for being on the forefront of supporting new Windows technologies. Customers considering Windows Vista need to know that the software tools they rely on every day will be able to take advantage of the extra power and great user experience this new operating system provides," said Nick Davies, Corel's general manager of graphics. By choosing CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, users are guaranteed a smooth transition and exceptional compatibility whenever they are ready to make the move to Vista, reckons Corel.

"Microsoft is pleased with the tremendous support Corel has shown for the launch of Windows Vista," said Brad Goldberg, general manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. "CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, which is Certified for Windows Vista, is a welcome tool for our customers looking for a graphics suite. By working closely with industry leading ISVs such as Corel, we're pleased to offer our mutual customers seamless integration and a terrific user experience."

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 is a full-featured graphics suite that includes CorelDRAW X3 for vector illustration and page layout, Corel PHOTO-PAINT X3 for professional image-editing, and the new Corel PowerTRACE that enables the easy conversion of low-quality bitmap images into highly usable vector graphics. The suite simplifies the design process for projects of any scale, including logo creation, professional marketing brochures and signs. Business users and design professionals alike choose CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 because it delivers a combination of superior design capabilities, speed, ease of use and affordability that's unmatched in the graphics software industry, reckons Corel.

For more information about CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3, or to download a full-featured trial version, please visit www.corel.com/cdgsx3.