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corel draw's advantages over inkscape

I am looking for advantages of Corel Draw versus Inkscape. I know Inkscape for a year and I am interested whether Corel Draw is easier or more powerful or has any advantages over Inkscape and in which way.

I currently have a trial version. There are tutorials on the web, but I'd like to jump straight to the point to save time, I am not lazy, I just don't have time to wander and search, especially that I already have made some research and I basically don't find any advantages. 

What's unique in Corel Draw that's difficult to do in Inkscape? Or perhaps, which is significantly easier, or time-saving, comparing to Inkscape. Best would be concrete, specific examples of tools or functions (filters?). I am less interested in very artistic graphic, but rather in business and semi-artistic graphic  (looking beautiful but not really a piece of art)

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  • Hi Betty,

    I have never used or even seen Inkscape before, however there is one aspect of CorelDraw that I think you would find useful over Inkscape. That is the ability to use VBA macros. Even if you don't know how to code them yourself, there are tons of both free and very reasonably priced commercial macros available for CorelDraw,

    A tiny example of macros in use is shown in the video link below and please note these barely even touch upon the power of macros for CorelDraw:

    https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=FA1E3B4D0E329BCD&id=FA1E3B4D0E329BCD%21206

    (click on the above link and look for a file called "Power of Macros".

    Another powerful feature of CorelDraw is its "built-in" imposition features. I am looking forward to seeing some responses from users who are familiar with both CorelDraw and Inkscape.

    Best regards,
    Brian.

     



    [edited by: Brian at 18:27 (GMT -5) on Sun, Dec 9 2012] I edited the link to open a new Window, rather than take the user away from the forum page.
  • Call me a graphics junkie I have Corel x5 and 12 along with Designer 12 , Plus Adobe CS5.1 , Inkscape, Gimp , Blender (a 3D program) , Sketchup 8, Poser 7 and Anime 7 all loaded . For the most part I use Corel . Some of the MAJOR differences is just the terms used . In Inkscape it is union, while Corel calls it weld. They both do the same thing to the vectors. The 3D stuff Blender and Poser to a degree Sketchup I just don't get yet. So I only play with them when I get bored. As Brian said the fact that Corel lets the user create their on macros is a great feature. One made even more so in that you can record what you do and then make it do it over and over.

    I find the Adobe products not to be very user ( artistically ) friendly. I don't think there is anything more or less difficult to do in one program over the other. It is all about the feel of working with it. If Inkscape feels good and you can figure out how to make it do what you are looking for or thinking of great. I have used Corel for a long long time and still have not touched upon what can be done by it. Look at some of the work in the galleries it is just outstanding. That is not to say that people who use Gimp or Illustrator or some that I haven't even mentioned don't do fantastic work.

    What I hope I'm saying here for you and all that wounder about the merits of one computer graphics program over another is. It isn't the program but who uses it and how comfortable they feel doing that. If when you hit close on a file and smile it was a good program just the one you needed for your project.

     

    Steven E.

  • In reply to Steven E. Eyrse:

    Steven E. Eyrse
    Call me a graphics junkie

    Steven, you're a junkie!! Oops, I meant to say a graphics junkie.

    How familiar are you with Inkscape? Aside from what is easier to use, which will vary from one person to the next (although the general consensus is that Draw is way easier to use than Illustrator), are there any things in CorelDraw that would be enticing to an Inkscape user and make it worth buying? I guess that is what the OP is really asking. I mentioned VBA which an open source programme definitely would not have access to. I also mentioned Imposition as I would "imagine" Inkscape wouldn't have much in that arena. Are there any other features in Draw that you believe don't exist in Inkscape, or are more limited, or much more fiddly to use, etc.?

    Best regards,
    Brian.

  • bettyketty
    I am interested whether CorelDraw is easier or more powerful or has any advantages over Inkscape and in which way.

    Coreldraw supports Spot Colors which are critically important for some industries.

  • bettyketty

    I am looking for advantages of Corel Draw versus Inkscape. I know Inkscape for a year and I am interested whether Corel Draw is easier or more powerful or has any advantages over Inkscape and in which way.

    Depends on what type of work you are thinking of doing. IN my own work I wouldnt be able to accomplish all the variety of work, and the WORKFLOW I am accustomed to have, in finishing off my work/projects. There will always be open source software like Inkscape that can make some jobs for you.

    When you understand what sort of work is put down to create a program like CorelDRAW and compare with Inkscape - in how complex CorelDRAW is, and what demands is being put to CorelDRAW from a WIDE variety of businesses all over the world, its not even coming close to compare the two programs. It simply takes to long to explain all the differences.

    Unpaid, open source programs not generating money enough to put down all that is needed, will always have problems to catch up. There is a reason to why CorelDRAW cost money and Inkscape isnt.

    bettyketty
    There are tutorials on the web, but I'd like to jump straight to the point to save time, I am not lazy, I just don't have time to wander and search, especially that I already have made some research and I basically don't find any advantages

    Sorry, we ALL human beings tend to be lazy in some respect, and if you just like to jump in and do the work without spending time to learn the craft and view tutorials - then quite frankly, take it the correct way - you are a tad lazy, Smile

    All programs have its learning curve. EVERYTHING if learnet the correct way, need time put to learn it.

     

    bettyketty
    What's unique in Corel Draw that's difficult to do in Inkscape? Or perhaps, which is significantly easier, or time-saving, comparing to Inkscape. Best would be concrete, specific examples of tools or functions (filters?). I am less interested in very artistic graphic, but rather in business and semi-artistic graphic  (looking beautiful but not really a piece of art)

    Again, how professional do you whant things.
    It may not sound sexxy, but color management in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT is a HUGE and to me a sexy thing. Remember Color Management in CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT is MORE than choosing a colour profile. MAN this subject of color management rocks big time!

     

    OPEN SOURCE in general

    I dont personally have anything against open source programs, but there is a reason to why they are open source and some are not.

    As an example I use Open Open Office as my office program, but I cant ugrade it because Open Office group of people, being open source, split into two programs, LIbre Office and Open Office. And when they split, all swedish translators ditched the Open Office program and seem to either quite all together or gone over to Libre office.

     

  • In reply to Brian:

    The macros are a nice feature indeed :) By the way, the majority are for X4 and X5, are they generally compatible with X6 ?

  • In reply to Stefan Lindblad:

    Stefan Lindblad

    Sorry, we ALL human beings tend to be lazy in some respect, and if you just like to jump in and do the work without spending time to learn the craft and view tutorials - then quite frankly, take it the correct way - you are a tad lazy, Smile

    All programs have its learning curve. EVERYTHING if learnet the correct way, need time put to learn it.

    Ok, I am in fact a bit lazy, too :P 

    But there is also one subtle aspect of learning - in order to learn, you need the subject, which is the program itself. Honestly, how much can you learn in 30 days? I am still learning Inkscape after a year or so (not full time of course).  So you need first to decide and buy and then to learn and verify the decision in real life. That's why I am asking for quick and easy tips. 

    As to what kind of work I am thinking of doing... I do graphic design for web and elearning, not for print. I would value the most any tools that would help me be more creative in a reasonably fast way and also help add some "wow" factor to a design.

     



    [edited by: bettyketty at 5:58 (GMT -5) on Mon, Dec 10 2012]
  • In reply to bettyketty:

    bettyketty

    The macros are a nice feature indeed :) By the way, the majority are for X4 and X5, are they generally compatible with X6 ?

    Betty Ketty,

    1) There already are some macros installed and which comes with CorelDRAW. Look for pre installed macros in Tools/Macros/Macro Manager. You can read my older blogpost about that in particular here http://canvas.nu/stefanlindblad-blog/?p=139

    2)

    Macro creaters, such as Jeff Harrison who is answering you as well, have their own business and write macros for CorelDRAW, and are not working for Corel, n´but Macromonster with Jeff Harrison are among the best in the business. And there are others as well in te macro business. So if they haev upgraded their macros or not is mostly written I guess on their website. Would be surprised if they didnt upgrade them  ;-)

    3)

    You can create your own macros using CorelDRAW. And there is a great PDF you can read in Start/programs/CorelDRAW Graphics Sutie/documentation

     

  • In reply to bettyketty:

    bettyketty

    Ok, I am in fact a bit lazy, too :P 

    But there is also one subtle aspect of learning - in order to learn, you need the subject, which is the program itself. Honestly, how much can you learn in 30 days? I am still learning Inkscape after a year or so (not full time of course).  So you need first to decide and buy and then to learn and verify the decision in real life. That's why I am asking for quick and easy tips. 

    Being lazy sometimes is human and normal Wink

    In the end you yourself have to decide, Was it me to decide for myself, I would once again choose CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint over Inkscape. I work professionally with Illustration and Graphic Design as well as many other assignments being thrown my way. So to simply be sure I can create highly professional result as well as doing it the quickest and best fun way, the way I like to do it - CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint.

    Ps. I have been forced to learn Inkscape once because I helped out a friend who only use open source , but after a while I said - No pal, I am done with inkscape. Now, thats me and everyone else do their choices that works for them.

    My clients are in a variety of businesses and I need the highly professional software which CorelDRAW and Photo-Paint is.



    [edited by: Stefan Lindblad at 6:05 (GMT -5) on Mon, Dec 10 2012]
  • In reply to bettyketty:

    bettyketty
    The macros are a nice feature indeed :) By the way, the majority are for X4 and X5, are they generally compatible with X6 ?

    This depends, but most macro pages will specify.

    In any case, CorelDRAW is more powerful and flexible than Inkscape, but it costs money..