Corel yesterday told Macworld that the company had delivered on its Macworld Expo promises of a year ago.

Ian LeGrow, vice president in charge of procreate development, told Macworld: "We said we'd deliver all our creative applications to Mac OS X, and have done so.

"We made a lot of promises last year because we had a lot to prove," he continued. " Corel still has some great products in the pipeline. Now we have a track record that says we'll deliver."

Cagey LeGrow refused to be drawn on unreleased products but did say that they "reflect the flavour of the procreate brand', and that "they are being developed to complement existing workflows".

Corel has seven products available to Mac OS X, including Bryce, KnockOut 2, Painter 7 and KPT Effects. The company also ships the most powerful image-editing software currently available to OS X - Corel PhotoPaint.

With three successive profitable quarters behind it, the once-troubled company believes in itself again. Last year saw Corel teetering on the brink of collapse, but that's all changed now.

Investment aim "Our intent now is to invest," said LeGrow. " PDF is in its prime, but when we acquired SoftQuad we acquired a pure XML company. There are some interesting applications for XML for getting content to multiple devices."

LeGrow predicts that Corel may deliver a number of solutions in this space "in the next 18-24 months".

The company experienced financial tumult well before the dot-com crash of 2001, during which time it streamlined and refined its aims – something that LeGrow believes has stood the company in better stead than many as the US economy softened.

He said: "Corel is divided into six areas: business, content solutions, process management, technical graphics, consumer graphics and high-end graphics, in the procreate line.

"Although we cover a lot of bases, as we complete a development cycle in one area, we enter a fresh period in another."

Pioneer company As a pioneer in OS X development, Corel's VP has a unique insight into the development of Apple's next-generation operating system. Bryce, the company's first application for X, was built while Apple was still developing early versions of OS X.

"The preview version of Mac OS X was a nightmare to develop for," he revealed. "Missing elements and alpha-version development tools made it hard. But by the time OS X came out we could see massive improvements in the tools week-by-week."

LeGrow added: "Whenever we discovered a problem, we'd tell Apple. We definitely had input into the development of OS X."

OS X plea But LeGrow believes OS X still needs improving: "Apple should create a base architecture for scanners. Today, most scanner manufacturers create Photoshop plug-ins – without Photoshop, you have no scanners."

Corel is not without experience in working on applications for early build operating systems, LeGrow said.

"We did this for Microsoft when it developed Windows 95," he revealed. "Working like this is an opportunity for us to put across the message that we remain cutting edge, ahead of the pack.

Painter 7 sales, he confessed, have exceeded expectations, as have those of Bryce. "We've had positive feedback on the other releases, though like others in the industry, we felt the effect of September 11."

LeGrow said: "The marketplace contracted, so we're entering a period of development at the moment."