A Great Tool for Creating Illustrations for Scientific Papers
October 25, 2019

A Great Tool for Creating Illustrations for Scientific Papers

Pablo Lacerda Silva | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

We use CorelDRAW Graphics Suite within our department mainly in order to produce figures for papers and publications. We often have to adapt figures from other papers to our needs, digitize old poor-quality figures or make our own from scratch.
  • Automatic tracing of bitmaps is very powerful and easy to use.
  • Drag and drop importing of PDF as vector objects for editing figures saves a lot of time.
  • Sometimes Eyedropper and drag and drop colors from one object to another stops functioning and requires restarting.
  • The size of arrowheads ends for lines is too limited.
  • It allows me to develop a graphically cohesive set of figures that illustrate the main ideas of my research.
  • Saves significant time by allowing the importation of vector objects or tracing of old bitmaps.
I'm not a graphic designer and my usage of vector-based graphic editing software is somewhat basic, so I believe CorelDRAW meets all my needs and is much more user-friendly and easier to learn than its main competitor. I also believe that the geometric alignment of objects in CorelDRAW (e.g. mid-point, edge, center) is more suited to my needs than in the alternative.
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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CorelDRAW is very well suited for customizing cross plots and diagrams from external software, and integrating them with multiple other sources, such as pictures, in order to distill the main concepts and summarize ideas for scientific papers. It also works great for digitizing figures from old papers and adapting them to the context of your work.