did any try Sketch (for MAC OS X)??
Is everybody using these programs in a print shop setting? What types of stuff are you designing for? Are there certain things that are better designed in either program?
In our environment over 90% of people use Corel. Even those with mac's run using vm. Before mac people used to use Freehand.
Illustrator is ok, but if your objective is to move through a lot of work the productivity is simply not there. Then there is the issue that it cannot drive any non standard peripheral.
If your job is making pretty compositions and not much else Illustrator is the program for you otherwise try coreldraw
I prefer Adobe Collection!
I do love adobe. now i don't use corldraw. when you use the adobe suit ,you will easy to manage you file ,easy to setup the software. specially for printing industry.
Lot of preprint houses using Corel because it is cheaper. Anyway, you can make exactly same work in both of these programs. It is just a vector editor, a tool. Some people just like Corel more and I don't blame them, Illustrator can be pretty mental in some tasks.
Illustrator is not easy and intuitive to use and still misses features corel draw introduced long times ago ...
CorelDRAW have many really usefull features that Illustrator simply don´t have. For instance multipage or to work with real scale graphics , its awfull to calculate page dimensions in Illustrator and work with scales! in CorelDRAW you can work in real size!
( a must for sign industry )
And CorelDRAW has perpetual licenses while the Adobe Cloud keeps you tied to a suscription.
en.. i don't know why..