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Score 8.8 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating
  • Microsoft Publisher is rated higher in 1 area: Usability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

91%
16 Ratings
8.4

Microsoft Publisher

84%
9 Ratings

Usability

8.0

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

80%
1 Rating
10.0

Microsoft Publisher

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

8.3

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

83%
20 Ratings
8.0

Microsoft Publisher

80%
6 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is well suited for almost any situation. It is something that I'm sure has far more advanced tools than I use or am aware of, but it is also very simple for entry-level users to create professional documents quickly. I have used it for very involved brochures in real estate scenarios and I have also used it for very simple "Construction Zone" signs at a job site under construction. There are so many uses for this program!
Ashley Vogler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

  • 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.
Pam Fultz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

  • Business cards
  • Internal memos that use a logo or a little bit of design.
  • Quick and simple flyers for internal events.
Robb Auspitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

  • 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.
Richard Reilly   - Fluid | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

  • The greatest shortcoming is large (300+ page documents) that require lots of internal hyperlinks. While it can do it, I can tell, due to the way it bogs down, that I am pushing the program to its limits.
  • I would like to be able to work better with pdf's. I would like the ability to import a pdf of a graph, picture, or some other object directly into a Publisher document. Currently, I have to first convert the pdf to a jpeg and then import the jpeg. I have not found a way around this issue.
  • At one point, I thought I had the option to automatically turn off hyphenation. Somewhere along the way, it seems as if the default for everything is hyphenation is turned on. I detest hyphenation and turning it off on every box I create becomes cumbersome.
  • More options for graphics. Particularly the defaults that allow you to place "frames" and effects around photos. More options.
Terry Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$249 per year

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite Editions & Modules

Edition
Download$499.001
Physical Edition$499.001
Subscription$249.002
  1. One Time Fee
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Microsoft Publisher

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$139 one time purchase

Microsoft Publisher Editions & Modules

Edition
Microsoft Publisher$1391
  1. one time purchase
Additional Pricing Details

Usability

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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.
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It has a great feature set but does not overwhelm me with its complexity. This is not an entry-level program, but it is also not one of the top of line graphic designer programs, like Abode In-Design. I can use Publisher to do 95% of what I need to get done. The other 5% I farm out to the graphics design person in the organization. It simply works and does so in a simple to use manner.
Terry Goodman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 8.3
Based on 20 answers
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.
Pablo Lacerda Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 8.0
Based on 6 answers
While I have not directly used support for Microsoft Publisher, I have used their help files and found them to be useful. I have also found that most answers that I need can be found through simple web searches and chat platforms. In all though, there are very few times when the preloaded help files have not given me the answers that I need.
Kathryn Juarez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has the advantage of a fair price, tools are on par with what Adobe Illustrator, many I find far simpler to work with, I have had firsthand experience where CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has been head and shoulders above anything else on the market. I have used free software that is extremely cumbersome, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite beats them hands down all day long.
Daryl Garner-Savory | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is more for beginners, or for basic needs, anyone with some familiarity with the Microsoft suite should be able to use it easily. If you’re looking to create something more graphic and advanced, you’d probably want to look into something like InDesign, which is not as user friendly if you’re not familiar with it at all. For basic needs the average employee should be able to use Microsoft Publisher with ease.
Amanda Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

  • 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.
Stéfano Bellote | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Publisher

  • Allowed us to created our own documents/educational material for patients. In previous practices I have worked we had to buy "pamplets and brochures" which were very costly.
Kristen Lysobey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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