Depends on industry segment and computer type (mac/pc).
Many sign industry graphics, textile industry graphics strongly use Coreldraw.
I´m currently majoring in Graphic Design and the only software we use in my university is the Adobe Suite. I´ve heard of Corel Draw but I don´t use it.
professional studios dont like it!
I remember the times where Corel was really good, but now the Adobe Suite tops everything.
My brother is a signwriter, he uses CorelDraw.
It was the first drawing program I used, Windows 3.0, CorelDraw 2.
Very easy to use, made good EPS files for DTP.
I know a small publisher who designs book covers in Corel. They work fine.
But now I use AI. It integrates better with Photoshop, of course.
AI is the standard, it gets more respect. If there is ever a problem with outputting a file, if you made in in Corel they will just say Corel makes broken files and shrug.
Old Designers who once learned Corel still use it and all of the typographers.
Designers generaly use the Adobe Suite.
Graphic Designer Greece
In my home country you can still find a few print shops which required corel files. Which is sad. But you have to accept the reality that someone is still behind, somewhere
It is not true. Professional designers using their brains and skills in the first place. Tools they using aren't important. You can make exactly same piece of art in Illustrator, Corel, Inkscape etc.
I didn't know anyone who use it ...
Nico from France
It does seem like most are using the Adobe Creative Suite these days.
I've been a pro since 2002 and haven't ever seen anyone use it.
illiustrator is the number one tool
Based on my experience, designers use Adobe and print operators use Corel.
using CD to 'laser cut' in an architecture office? Feels a bit nineteen nineties with lasers.
My 2 cents:
I haven't used Corel in a very long time.
Adobe is much more popular and widespread than Corel.
As many stated before me, it all comes down to personal preference, market segmant and avalability.
I know that Corel is used in certain market segments, signage and technical drawaings to name two.
Bottom line - for most uses either program would probably do the job, but since Adobe is much more prevalent, it would make more sense to go with that.