My In-depth Corel Draw X5 Review
In my Corel Draw X5 review I will tell you all you need to know about this software program that is a big part of my work. I’ve been using it since 2012 and although I do use other programs, this one makes up a big chunk of what I come up with design-wise.
Most of the work you’re seeing here, I executed using Corel and it’s accompanying “sister” programs, like Photo-Paint.
Are you currently using a “freeware” or open platform program, mastering the learning curve…but find yourself restricted at times? Or those annoying ads? Having a piece of software to call your own is something worth considering especially if you’re going to be doing this for the long haul and this is one of the most popular ones. I’ll cover in depth everything you need to know about Corel Draw X5 and what makes it a great program.
Disclaimer: I’ve had to recently update this review as this version of Corel Draw has been supplanted with a later edition.
What’s included with the Corel Draw Suite x5?
In addition to the main course, Corel Draw X5, you will also be receiving the additions of Photo-Paint , Capture, Connect and Power Trace. are included to take your designing to the next level in a multitude of ways. So not only are you getting a program for creating vector art from scratch you’ll be getting additional tools for working with raster images, or converting raster images into scalable vectors.
Corel Draw X5 Basic Overview
This X5 version is made to be compatible with Windows Xp, Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. (I have Windows 7) You have the option to register your software.
Installation is a snap and a one-time operation with the registration key that’s located on the box. You have the related programs listed above included too in the setup and that’s going to make your portfolio diverse and workload enjoyable.
The included Photo-Paint is very similar to Adobe Photoshop in that it is primarily an image-editing and manipulation platform. If it’s important to you to have a bitmap editing program too you’ll be in good hands. Power Trace enables the user to turn bitmaps into vector tracings, and modify the level of detail or depth of them.
First off…It’s strictly a more Windows-friendly operation. I don’t know why but Corel in the Mac version go as far back as 11, 9, or 8.So to be able to install Corel Draw X5 you definitely need to be a Windows user.
⇒If you have Windows 7 version x6 will also support it, and x7 or x8 if you own a later version of Windows such as 8 or 10.
If you have a steady workflow, every time you make changes to a work in progress and save them, an automatic backup is generated in wherever location you save your files; I know I find my storage folder size growing exponentially, and maybe even having to send a few of them to the recycle bin…but it’s a minor inconvenience because I do not have to look very far for a project file I might want to do a minor change to.
Working in mainly .cdr files…not everyone is familiar with this format, people tend to recognize Adobe program files more readily. Many clients are used to retrieving a source file with .pdf or .ai. Because Adobe owns all these platforms, it is easy to switch between Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, etc. So if you prefer cross-platform multitasking, it is something to think about.
- The additions of Photo-Paint, Painter, Connect, Capture and Power Trace that are included with the software
- Capture allows you to make screengrabs or “snips”, Connect allows you to retrieve digital media content easily.
- Many file formats are supported including png, pdf, jpegs,and psd’s.
- Media output flexibility
- You’re not out on your own…you will have access to Corel Draw x5 tutorials and supportive information to get up and running.
- May be difficult to locate a Mac version
- Native file format is not as recognizable as Adobe programs
Where to Buy Corel Draw X5
I suggest you purchase the program from the Corel company directly. To purchase from third-party sellers may be very touch and go as you run the risk of ending up with a previously owned copy.
Software programs require an installation key; I’ve heard a few reports of problems.people had so it may not be worth saving a few bucks to end up with a “bad copy”.
Recent update (5/20/18) The company website is carrying a more up-to-date version of the Corel Draw Suite since I first created this review. We are now up to version X8 which you can check out for yourself at the link below:
I sincerely apologize as this review was first written back in 2016 and I was still able to locate copies of version X5.
The Corel Draw Graphics Suite comes in 2 versions – Home and Student, and Graphics Suite. The one difference is that the former is more of an educational version, and will permit up to three devices to be installed on, but it is more of a hobbyist and “learning the ropes” version and if you are working professionally you want to look for the latter version.
I’m a very happy camper; I just wish it were easier to find a Mac version that is more up to date. It has been a considerable length of time since I was using Adobe Illustrator as during that time I was enrolled in classes.
Yes, many of the images you see here, not just artwork….they were executed right from my Corel Draw toolbox. Not only do I have the wherewithall to create images like gangbusters, but I can also optimize them for the web before finalizing them as an “official” piece of artwork…something very important to keep in mind since web graphics need to be a certain file size threshold.
Even though I do sometimes experiment with an open platform or two….there is still less that I can do with them than I can with this software, so nothing beats full ownership!
The Corel Draw Suite X5 is not perfect any more than the Adobe programs, but the bottom line is, I am a happy and satisfied designer.