I ventured to Adobe Illustrator due it being "industry-standard" and the massive support I could find for it on youtube and through search.
I miss corel but there are a few things I really love in Illustrator and somethings I hate.
What I like and wish draw was able to get inspired from
1. shaper tool. it's so intuitive I use it all the time. Just select multiple objects and either add them subtract them or create new shapes from them. sort of like a dynamic shape weld tool
2. be able to round any corner. this is plain awesome. draw allows rounding only it's own shapes and once they are curves they are no longer able to be rounded. in illustrator this can be done on every shape that has a corner.
3. appearance tool. allows multiple effects on the shape which can be adjusted copied etc. so suppose I have a contour/stroke I can keep on adding to it without converting it to curves (and hence not allow any adjustments)
4. asset export. why doesn't draw have this already. not only can I export each individual asset but also entire group or artboard/page. This alone is a huge time saver.
5. smooth tool. draw a wobbly shape. go over it with smooth tool. bam. your wobbly shape is no longer wobbly. this is such a great tool.
now what I miss from draw that Illusttstor needs to do
1. shortcuts are a mess in illustrator. draw has the best shortcuts and I can add as many as I want. illustrator limits customizing shortcuts significantly.
2. layers are not tied to artboards so again a huge mess. I hardly ever use layers in draw because I dont need to but illustrator without layers is impossible to manage
3. power clip. I miss you so much. illustrator clipping mask is so complicated that it just frustrates me. they dont even allow cropping images without a mask.
4. tables and formatting tools like bullets and numbering. I understand indesign has this covered but such a simple and important thing needs to be in illustrator. numbering is missed also in draw but that's a discussion for another time.
5. integration with photoshop like draw has with photo-paint. I could do simple edits in paint without opening it as a separate program. with photoshop I need to edit save and import/place.
well. these are 5 things I want in draw and 5 that I miss in draw. let me know what you think.
CorelDRAW will never beet the power of Adobe Illis.
Huh? Mercedes will never beat BMW (or vice versa)? On which front?
missed from corel
1. If I follow correctly, corel can create shapes in the same fashion. Trim,weld, smart fill etc.
2. false. Corel has a fillet docker. You can select any or all nodes and round the corners together or individually as some corners may not work out when rounded the same as others.
3. copy effects from. False. Yes, you can copy contours from others as long as they haven't been broken apart
4. asset export. Yes you can do that in corel. In fact corel has had that feature long before adobe incorporated it. Export anything selected or export just what's within the page etc.
5. smoothen lines can also be done.
False. I'll prove it any time.
Depending on what you do the list of things you like in either application is irrelevant.
The one key aspect of CorelDRAW is that for 95% of all graphics you can use the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. That is not the case with Illustrator.
For postscript, GDI and ICC compliant work, General graphics, signs, larger files (20'), complex files, basic image correction and for single application file creation and output CorelDRAW is top of the ladder.
Illustrator simply cannot complete some of the tasks, even if you have InDesign and Photoshop.