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  • Corel vs Adobe

    I've been dabbling in graphic design for a few years. I've exclusively used Corel Draw for all vector related work, and photoshop for any raster.

    My question is:

    What are the main differences between Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator?

    What are each's strengths and drawbacks?.

    Are there any features in each that are exclusive to to each of the software packages?


    I'm quite happy with corel, but a little curious to what the "competition" might offer differently

    Thanks

  • #2
    Please don't flame this thread.
    If you have something to offer besides "corel sux" then please write it.
    Corel Draw in the right hands is a good program.

    The only problems I have with it are:
    1. It's PC only
    2. Sometimes the exported vectors don't like my sign software.
    3. A lot of wide format printers will NOT accept a native Corel file. Has a lot to do with workflow. Some will take them as highres .tif only or as an .eps with all fonts outlined placed in other layout software. Hey, I don't argue with them.

    Broacher and Keyare (and several others here) prefer Corel. Maybe they will chime in.

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    • #3
      Thank for the reply PrintDriver.

      Im guessing my question has been a controversial issue in the past?..lol.

      Is the interface and tools within Illustrator similar to corel?. The reason for my questions is that I'm doing a design job for a fellow DJ. Instead of payment in cash he's offered free Adobe software (his sister works for Adobe). I'm just wondering if I should stick with payment in cash or go for a copy of Illustrator. The design job i'm working on for him is relatively small in payment terms, the value of the software is more than the cash value of the job. I guess I'm just trying to weigh up wether I should go for this Adobe product.

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      • #4
        i'd go with the software - speaking as a prepress operator, i think i've come across maybe 1 or 2 clients in the last 5 years that still use it. The shop I'm with now doesn't even support it anymore. If you decide to stick with draw - be sure to work with your printers in getting them their required format be it native corel file or exported eps or pdf. 95% of the time a file exported out of draw to illustrator will work when final piece is to be printed on the press.

        good luck

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        • #5
          I won't even say anything
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          • #6
            Originally posted by prepress_goddess
            i'd go with the software - speaking as a prepress operator, i think i've come across maybe 1 or 2 clients in the last 5 years that still use it. The shop I'm with now doesn't even support it anymore. If you decide to stick with draw - be sure to work with your printers in getting them their required format be it native corel file or exported eps or pdf. 95% of the time a file exported out of draw to illustrator will work when final piece is to be printed on the press.

            good luck
            Thank you for the reply prepress_goddess. You offer a lot of advice in your post.

            I think I'll go with the software. Moreso out of curiosity of what it may offer differently. I've ONLY ever used Corel Draw for vector based designs, THere seems to be a lot of designers that swear by Illustrator and that has ebbed my curiosity of what I may be missing out on. I'm really happy with all that Corel offers, but I've never used anything other to make comparisons with.





            A few questions I do have>

            Are the 2 softwares similar in layout and tools? or will I need a steep learning curve to learn Illustrator?

            Are there significant benefits 'function' wise of choosing Illustrator over Corel?.

            Thank you for your time.
            Last edited by Scotch; 04-09-2006, 03:12 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by carter the artist
              I won't even say anything
              Please do !

              I really am interested in hearing all sides of the "argument".

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              • #8
                As the resident librarian of the GDF, I can recommend these threads, Scotch.
                They might help answer your question.

                Corel Draw vs. Illustrator

                Illustrator or Draw

                Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw?
                "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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                • #9
                  My bad morea. I should have used the search funtion before submitting this new topic.

                  Thank you for the links


                  *edit:- Those links answer a lot of questions I had....thanks again morea. Feel free to close this topic.

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                  • #10
                    Hey scotch...I still keep up with Corel. We have a couple of clients that use it, and to be truthful, there are some good things about Corel. It's damn faster than Illy and it does blends easier.
                    But don't think that the user interface is going to be easy to switch. Corel is Corel. It does most things a little different. But then, you'd think that of Illy. Download a trial version of Illy and check it out.
                    People tell me "Have a Good One!' Hell, I already have a good one, I just need a BIGGER one! - George Carlin

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                    • #11
                      I just didn't want to say anything, because last time I brought up the problems I have with dealing with the CD files we recieve for large format printing... I find too many problems. The files, in my experience, end up not being 100% ready to print.
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                      • #12
                        I'm not going to sit on either side of the fence either. But that ^^ sounds more like operator error rather than software issues. In almost 20 years of prepress, I've learned to take pretty much what's been handed me.
                        People tell me "Have a Good One!' Hell, I already have a good one, I just need a BIGGER one! - George Carlin

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                        • #13
                          Nah, Rick, I think it's something to do with the way wide format rips. 95% of my large format guys don't want native CorelDraw files. Some won't take em at all. Like I said, they want .tifs or .eps with all fonts outlined.

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                          • #14
                            I always thought that large format guys prefered Corel Natives as alot of the software, especially sign writing software ate .cdrs really well? But in the end i guess Postscript is Postscript, so i would use Illustrator just because it lives on a Mac. Maybe with these new Macs i can run CorelDraw, which has always been my prefered package.

                            I wonder where the Broach is anyway? Haven't seen him around for a while, i always enjoyed his encyclopaedic knowledge of Corel applications.
                            I work while you are all asleep...

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                            • #15
                              Ouch Rick, are you talking about me or the "designer" who sent the files to me? Either way it's possible. I've only been doing prepress for about 6 months, and I went to school for Graphic Design.
                              However, as I stated in my earlier post we have problems when doing vinyl cuts because Flexisign tends to translate the pieces into bits and we have to weld or beware errant cuts.
                              The designs need to be translated over, and truthfully we do prefer ready to print files, otherwise we spend too much time on a project when we are trying to do too many projects.
                              Not to say that illustrator doesn't have it's faults, but it only deals with transparencies and pdf's exported out of illy.
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