CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 111 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
X4
File Size:
466MB
Date Added:
August 22, 2014
Price:
Free to try (15-day trial); $429.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
4,808,039
Downloads Last Week:
10,219
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Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista

Editors' review

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is an impressive collection of powerful design software that can tackle all sorts of design jobs. Included in the package are: CorelDRAW, the main application for vector design and layout; Corel PHOTO-PAINT, for editing and retouching photos, Corel CAPTURE, for screengrabs; ConceptShare, a collaboration service; and the Bitstream Font Navigator. There are also a bevy of smaller utilities such as a bar-code wizard and an app for helping users optimize two-sided printouts.

With a suite that includes that many programs and features, it's essential to have solid in-program help, and CorelDRAW is loaded with dynamic hints, video product tours, and hands-on project tutorials that will have you designing elements in no time. Expert advice from professional designers walks users through specific practices such as airbrushing logos and creating textile patterns.

Two of the most interesting features of the X4 version are interactive tables and professional templates. The new table features are simple to use yet powerful, making it easy for anyone to add data to a newsletter or flier without spending much time at all on the presentation. Contextual hints on the right side of the interface will help out if users get stuck.

The new templates for professionals are diverse and presented in a nifty interface that provides all sorts of useful information. You can sort templates by type--such as brochures, posters/signs, business cards, and newsletters--or by industry, although that list was empty except for "Landscaping." The interface also includes a space for accessing your own saved CDT templates, which can be created easily through the File menu.

Whether the CorelDRAW package is worth its price tag is up to each individual consumer, but a full-featured 15-day trial should give users plenty of time to get acquainted with the application. It's necessary to register for a free Corel account to use the trial, and each program requires you to click a "Continue Trial" button before launching, but those small annoyances aren't enough to prevent this bountiful design suite from earning a top rating.

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    4.3

    out of 111 votes

    • 5 star: 65
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
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  • 5 stars

    "Worthy alternative to Photoshop and Illustrator!"

    August 31, 2013   |   By billlingualilliterate

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

    Pros

    You don't have to pay extra for filters (as opposed to Illustrator)
    It is very light.
    It gives you several programs (PhotoPaint, BitFont Navigator, Corel Connect & Corel Capture)

    Cons

    Download direct from Corel.com not here.
    The program becomes unstable, very seldom albeit.
    Not very good Mac support.

    Summary

    I use CorelDraw on Windows all the time and for functionality it comes close to Adobe's Illustrator/Photoshop applications at a very competitive price point Adobe will never, ever match.

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  • 5 stars

    "Equal or better than Illustrator"

    November 04, 2012   |   By pauljeffreymiller

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

    Pros

    I don't know what trial version you were trying but mine was excellent. I have used it everyday of my trial period and was able to both save and print. It is so much easier to use than say Illustrator, too many wqys to list.
    Ok I'll name one thing. Selecting control nodes in illustrator can be so
    frustrating, especially on small objects. Not with draw. Working with type is mush easier; resizing, font selection, adding effects, You can save or export to just as many file formats, and further refinement in corel photo paint is a breeze. Compare photo paints eraser tool or clone too with illustrators and you'll see what I mean. Once you learn it you'll never open illustrator again. For a simple page document to a magazine it is my preferred application. I am a graphic designer since 1976.

    Cons

    The newest version is not available for Mac

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  • 1 stars

    "Terrible Trial version"

    April 26, 2012   |   By iriesiren

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    A big waste of time for those who want to try before you buy. The trial version doesn't let you create or save files or in any other way determine the program's capabilities. It's a flat out lie to say that this is a "full 15 day trial." In sum, a disappointing waste of disc space and effort.

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  • 5 stars

    "good product"

    February 27, 2012   |   By lucman26

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    easier use

    Cons

    smart tech

    Summary

    this product very good for make desain graphic...can help me for my trouble on job

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  • 4 stars

    "It's an excellent software for professional artists"

    December 15, 2011   |   By marykmi

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    It does pretty much everything that other graphics programs do at a better price.

    Cons

    Even though the product is cheaper than compeitors, the price is still high.

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  • 5 stars

    ""Excellent and powerful graphic software of the world.""

    November 10, 2011   |   By suthas pornanupapkul

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    A really cheap software compared to others.

    Cons

    The installation is too difficult for the beginner

    Summary

    I used CorelDraw4-X5 software to teach the industrial education students to draw the pictures for many item of subjects. Civil , Mechanical,Electricaland Production Engineering.Sometime I used in presentation in detail of construction and achitecture.This programs are excellent.Now a day it is like a part of my job.

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  • 4 stars

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    September 14, 2011   |   By vw08

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

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  • 5 stars

    "Does everything graphical & professionally"

    June 29, 2011   |   By LilPeck

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    This is a fully professional set of programs (Corel Draw and Photopaint plus Capture (for screen captures).

    Cons

    At about $400 still a bit on the expensive side for home users. But is a professional level program. Sometimes Photopaint becomes unstable and crashes, so one learns to save frequently. (You can also use the recover feature.)

    Summary

    Feels familiar and intuitive. As another reviewer said, it is like an old friend.

    I have been using Graphics Suite for a very long time, and recently when I upgraded my pc to windows 7 I couldn't find my previous Corel Draw disk, so I tried to get by with the very nice freeware GIMP and Paint.NET. Those programs are excellent, but lacked the flexibility and ease offered by PhotoPaint which is the part of Graphics Suite that I use the most. So I purchased a used, unregistered disk via amazon. If I could not have found a legitimate, discounted copy, I would have paid full price because it is well worth it and is about half what Photoshop costs.

    I was so happy with x5 that I bought my daughter a new copy as her birthday gift.

    I use Photopaint for photo editing, graphics creation, video title making, and animated gif making. I like that it can open (uncompressed) AVI and MOV files for gif creation.

    I use the masking tools a lot also for making transparent gifs and png.

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  • 5 stars

    "nice product used it before"

    June 16, 2011   |   By davidhilldavid

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    has got lots of thing within it

    Cons

    can get some thing out of it

    Summary

    This is one of my all-time favorite novels Gray Zone. In a recent move, I managed to pack it in a box that was slow to make it to my new destination. In the interim, I went out and purchased another copy, as I missed having it within easy reach, even for a few months. It's like a friend, this work, because you feel so connected with the narrator. How refreshing to learn that we are all stumbling through love; ultimately, that's a hopeful message. We may not get it right all the time, but there's honesty and honor in the attempt. Great job Daphna Edwards Ziman

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing software. So much for so little"

    March 25, 2011   |   By 1shorts

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    Cost, versatility

    Cons

    None for now

    Summary

    Worth every penny

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