Whats the purpose of coreldraw?

i have a friend that uses coreldraw to make graphics , but mainly create graphics for signs … but would that be a good program for making or designing a sign? other than that whats its soul purpose, cause it looks like a boring program, something someone would use who doesnt know photoshop or illustrator

Corels products are very poppular due to their low prices (compared to Adobes). But also because they’re good. For example, there’s a lot of artists how prefrer to paint in Painter because of the more drawing-friendly interface.

But to direct answer your question, I’d say the price is the reason you choose Corels products over Adobes.

Corel Draw is a vector drawing tool. As such, it mainly used to create logos, signs and to vectorize images, or create new fonts (just in case you wondered how someone could build a brand new font from scratch, this is the type the program you would use, and in Corel Draw is very easy)

yes, you can create your designs using Corel Draw (and slice and create the HTML, too, although I never suggest to use these tools in any program, and Corel Draw is not an exception).

It is a fantastic software but, as any other software, you need to know the interface. For some things, Corel Draw is better than Adobe Illustrator or Freehand (previously from Macromedia, now Adobe’s since Macromedia has been bought by them). For other things, is harder to get the same result as in Illustrator.

Most of the people will tell you that Adobe’s are better. Well, I use Adobe because I love Photoshop (I haven’t seen any other software so powerful for photographs) and it’s got a wider range of users. But, for certain tasks, I use Corel Draw, and I always say to myself “isn’t this a great piece of software”. It has nothing to envy to others. But it is a case of personal preference.

That’s the question the guys at Corel ask all the time… kidding. Just because I use Adobe.

These guys already covered your answer. But I must add that Corel has some features that I wish Illustrator had. Corel has had those extra features since 1995 that Illustrator has yet to incorporate.

All said, i guess Illustrator has the name “Adobe” that goes with it and probably a little easier to use. Nonetheless, Corel is not a lesser software.