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.
The 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.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 is a versatile graphic design software suite that helps you creatively and professionally express ideas for any media. Illustrate, lay out, trace, design Web graphics and photo-edit with this complete solution for visual communication. Easily import and export content with leading file compatibility. Get going faster than ever with new, professionally designed templates and compelling learning materials. Create with confidence, everything from distinctive logos and signs, to striking marketing materials, Web graphics and animations, billboards, car wraps and more. Offering increased speed, more accurate color control, and new and enhanced design tools, this must-have version helps you create extraordinary designs faster.
What's new in this version:
Version X5 offers dozens of new and enhanced features, including Flash animation, vector illustration, page layout, photo editing and tracing tools.