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Having said that Illustrater probably does too. :)
Now another problem is if I go for Corel - Corel 8 is something, which I can really afford, therefore I am interested what are the upgrades in Corel 11 compared to Corel 8, Is Corel 11 worth buying than Corel 8?
Thanks in advance.
If you can get 8 in a better deal than illustrator I would go for it.
Illustator is 'industry standard' but it doesn't make it any better... Although it is good.
The more opinion you seek, the more confused you will be because you will always get conflicting advice.
Corel have a forum, why not drop in and take a look. The benchmark will be the number of "I do I fix this" type of posts.
If I could only choose between illustrator and corel I would go with illustrator, BUT I am a graphic artist and using these programs are what I do for a living. If you only need to use it for small stuff Corel may be all you need.
Horses for courses :)
However in the closed loop of most 'small web shops' any program you 'like' can probably work out fine.
A caveat: I still think that as you grow and need to hire people and contract outside for services using the most widely used graphics programs makes the available pool of talent the largest. This 'largest talent pool' has its benefits. Illustrator is the most prevalent tool by FAR.
The difference in price can hardly be an issue... whether $50 or $500 you are making a business decision about the 'machine' your production line will use. Your production line (a designer) is likely to churn out 10's of thousands of dollars (maybe 100's). I don't think the larger price of leading products has significant relevance.
There are subtle differences in the products for sure... Although I do know from experience that the same end result can be had in all (there might be some cases in print where Draw can't handle the complexity but not many). In other words, in practical matters they each do the same thing.
After using each of the big three Illustration programs for more than 18 years, my overall rating would be: 1) Illustrator, 2) Freehand and 3) CorelDraw.
I only began to use Corel because I used Quark and Corel for ink on paper publishing. When people come here to join me they use Illustrator.
I am interested in what design work you are trying to accomplish.
From your initial post it would seem you are wanting to create complex designs for print or is it for a mix of both web and print media.
If just print is the case then buy Illustrator or Freehand. Every graphic design studio I have ever seen has one or both of these - just check out job ads in this sector - having experience on either is par for the course.
If you are intending to create graphics for the web I would ignore an illustration package and get an all rounder like photoshop or fireworks - OK you cannot create many of the things you could using and illustration package but for 99% of webgraphics they can hold their own (IMVHO).