CorelDraw vs. Illustrator?
none of the above!
cheaper than either of those, easier to learn, and works faster as well as supports illustrator's vector format as well as pdf, and their photoshop plugins AND it does photo editing and website design to boot.
i like the sound of everything about the program myself. i don't care if illustrator is the "industry standard". their head's gotten too big charging customers $30+ a month rent to use their already expensive program. i'd like to see xara catch on and destroy them for their greed.
most of the reviews i've read were very favorable towards xara with a couple people actually switching over from illustratot for the program's speed or because of that cloud ($$$) feature
WOW! i'm surprised by just how popular coreldraw is here. it really gets disrespected elsewhere because it's not "the industry standard" and because if it's file incompatibility issues, but seeing that so many here are fine with it, it reassures me that my chosing xara, which has better file compatibilty, isn't so drastic a choice as illustrator minions would have you think.
maybe people here are satisfied with corel because they don't have to swap files for a range of graphics customers. i actually have an old CD i bought in a thrift shop i wanted to teach myself, but i still like the sound of xara's speed and ease of use
the comment someone made about working within a given program's limitations resonates with me. as xara can do pretty much most of what illustrator and coreldraw can, i don't picture not being able to use special effect #397 or whatever as worth spending a few thousand more that i don't have.
to paraphrase that old cliche...
"it's not the size of your toolbox that counts, but how you use it"
good design transcends technique