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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

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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.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 113 votes

    • 5 star: 66
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "-----------"

    September 14, 2011  |   By vw08

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent graphics software."

    March 16, 2011  |   By erclubs

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    Easy to learn and use.

    Cons

    Had difficulty making files into pdf and avi.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "software,
    I like this coredraw graphics suite software."

    February 10, 2011  |   By iveronica

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    I think this is an outstanding product for artists.

    Cons

    I haven't learned how to use it yet.

    Summary

    Dear Sirs:

    I purchased this CorelDRAW software from JourneyEd.com in Nov./Dec. 2010. It was installed on my hp dm3t laptop computer 12/13/10. But I have a TechTracker message on my computer that says "free to try." So I hope you have me in your records as a registered user. It should say: Ingrid Bentsen or James Bentsen on the registration record. Thank you for checking this out.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great Money Saver Pack"

    January 23, 2011  |   By ravenzone9

    Version: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

    Pros

    Amazing Menu, good for table creations, layouts and cool histograms, supporting a great deal of other applications,enhanced print merging, customizable workspace, supports pdf commenting too

    Cons

    High end system congifuration required , thats it, but its not that much of a big problem

    Summary

    Great application, thumbs up

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