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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Affinity Publisher is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.8

Affinity Publisher

98%
6 Ratings
9.2

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

92%
17 Ratings

Usability

Affinity Publisher

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

80%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.6

Affinity Publisher

86%
4 Ratings
8.3

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

83%
20 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Serif Europe

If you are looking to get started using a publishing / creation application, Affinity Publisher is the one to go for. With a quick learning curve on all the basic functions, you'll be flying in no time. And then there is a whole heap of great features to get into as you become more comfortable with the software. The only down side is if clients are using Adobe programs, there are sometimes problems working with imported layers, but this is minor compared to the ease of use and features.
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Corel Corporation

The tool is fairly easy to pick up and do some basic functions. Which makes it great for non-design folks to participate in collaboration. It also has a lot of power so we can take ideas and really refine them into a quality design. Although I say I like collaboration, this tool does not offer a shared interface where multiple people can work on a project at once. The would be an interesting upgrade to see this ability of teaming in a design environment.
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Pros

Serif Europe

  • Supports just about any format you'll need for your project.
  • The variety of templates makes startign projects simple.
  • The program is just really powerful and fairly priced.
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Corel Corporation

  • Easy to learn - especially if you have experience with other graphic software. It is fairly intuitive which is helpful.
  • Creating high resolution graphics is a breeze with this software - and it has the ability to export into a large variety of formats!
  • I am able to import a wide variety of file formats. I have also had success with importing and editing PDF files which has been helpful.
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Cons

Serif Europe

  • Menu differences can be an impediment to new users from other softwares
  • Some functions are not in places I would expect
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Corel Corporation

  • Documentation on many features are absent or obscurely hidden which I feel deters users from learning about or how to use certain aspects and features of the suite.
  • VBA in Corel is a major asset and used by many. The lack of knowledge of VBA from many users could be addressed with a more user-friendly way of creating custom macros and toolsets. I feel Corel should implement a user-friendly way of creating custom macros as the VBA abilities of Corel are a major asset that could generate more users and sales while giving current users a more powerful way of using the suite.
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Pricing Details

Affinity Publisher

Starting Price

$24.99

Editions & Modules

Affinity Publisher editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Affinity Publisher$24.991

Footnotes

  1. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Starting Price

$249 per year

Editions & Modules

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Download$499.001
Physical Edition$499.002
Subscription$249.003

Footnotes

  1. One Time Fee
  2. One Time Fee
  3. per year

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Usability

Serif Europe

No answers on this topic

Corel Corporation

Just like any design program or suite, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't do graphic design professionally. If you're not adept at learning a program or experience, it isn't a program you can just pick up and start using easily. Outside of the learning curve, it's a nice program with a decent user interface.
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Support Rating

Serif Europe

Our team typically uses other online resources instead of contacting developers/manufacturers for support. That being said, there is a forum and a growing, vibrant community of users available to answer questions and "make the switch." A simple "whatever function we used to use in Adobe InDesign," followed by "Affinity," usually gets us on the right track to an answer. YouTube and their forums are our team's go-to sources for help.
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Corel Corporation

Overall, CorelDRAW meets all my needs as a researcher and allows me to create beautiful and clear graphics to illustrate the main ideas for publications. It does not lack any functionality for my needs; however, it has some bugs that impact productivity, such as the color drag and drop that sometimes stops working and needs restarting, and crashes, especially when working with large bitmaps.
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Alternatives Considered

Serif Europe

Affinity Publisher is a more cost effective way to achieve the same goals as InDesign and Quark. I'm sure there are various differences that Affinity may lack, however we have yet to run into one that our business has needed, or even recognized. It has completely replaced any desktop publishing for our organization without issue.
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Corel Corporation

We used PhotoShop to try to retouch and polish the photos, cut shadows, edit brightness, erase errors, and other details sometimes, and used CorelDRAW suites to make the brochures and old material for the marketing department. This program allows you to make designs in a professional way, having very easy-to-use tools for the user.
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Return on Investment

Serif Europe

  • I wish we could push it out to all staff but we can't quite afford the cost.
  • Amount of features can be overwhelming for first time users and take more time.
  • This program will save time once employees figure it out.
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Corel Corporation

  • Ease of use reflects on less time to train new users, a positive impact in investment and productivity.
  • The practicality to make new designs results in less time needed to do them, again a positive impact.
  • The integration with other graphic programs could be better if needed to finish a rendering using the design made in Corel Draw it's needed to export in formats that don't carry all information and the process is not that simple.
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