Corel Draw is one of the best packages for scanning, image editing, and just plain having fun. My family uses Corel Draw to make birthday cards, scan images for our business, and teaching our 4 year old to use a computer. This program can do just about everything. We take family photos from our digital camera, and paste them onto a blank page, then put text and graphics around the picture. Our family enjoys receiving a card from the heart more than a card from the store. The clipart gallery is fairly extensive, and manipulating clipart is simple. I highly recommend this product for everyone who needs a total package image editor.
First of all if you are new to desktop publishing (DTP) and photo/picture editing "Photo Paint 9" may not be the perfect choice for you. The interface is very user friendly, but learning how to use the program to its maximum potential can take a beginner a considerable amount of time. A would definetely recommend it to anyone with abit of experience in photo editing or owners of the "Corel Draw" series. It is an excellent piece of photo editing software, which Corel have managed to refine to near perfection. Features include what you may expect from photo editing programs and more. You can use it to create/modify pictures for a website or create high resolution professional looking images. In a nutshell its a perfect photo editing package....
A couple of years ago, I began using CorelDRAW 3 to create simple property location maps and to incorporate scanned images such as photographs and topograhpic maps onto templates that are used in the reports that I write for work. It was easier to use than AutoCAD and Microstation and the complexity of the diagrams were simple enough that CorelDRAW 3 could handle them. I'm not saying the CorelDRAW 3 could have replaced our CAD (computer aided design) software, but I did use CorelDRAW for simple diagrams that need to be completed fairly quickly. With the purchase of CorelDRAW 9 I can say that I am now comfortable using the software to create more complex diagrams and tend to choose it over AutoCAD LT 98, which we have also recently acquired. The reason for this is that CorelDRAW 9 has incorporated a number of the menu features (such as rounding the corners of rectangles) into the user interface, so that I can make changes quickly, without having to open and close various menus. Other capabilities that have been added are an easier to use layer and object manager, a greater number of available fonts, and better printing control. I don't want to go into the full technical details of CorelDraw 9 because it may detract from the simplicity of using the software. All I can say is CorelDRAW 9 is a perfect graphic design program for anyone that requires an easy to use program that also has the capability of creating more complex designs.
My experience is 80% PC and 20% Mac with 6 months working on a G4. Whilst using the MAC I was introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator, I have nothing but praise for these original, stable and effective applications. However, I am now forced to work with a team of guys who use the Corel Photopaint applications for photo manipulation for a web design company. This is an amateurish attempt at ripping off the Adobe original. For example: The masking features key to manipulation don't show up. The zoom shortcut features work inconsistently The text features for web publication are very poor compared with photoshop - in a direct test. Dump this and get the original. Its worth every penny even for the PC version of Photoshop.