Originally Posted by ThePixelDoc
And speaking of graphics... well you shouldn't get me started is a fair warning to ya. Because while Adobe is seen by the media and even the graphic design/printing industry as being the "industry leader", they (Adobe) have caused more real pain and suffering over the last 5-7 years than they have added to our professions.
PS. The following link (if anyone cares) takes you to Adobe's Illustrator Forum, where designers... many of them Mac users... are questioning why Illustrator not only doesn't work, but why no matter how much computer power, RAM, disk space you throw at it, it's slower to perform simple tasks that were split second responses over 15 YEARS AGO with discontinued software, as well as recent competitor software. Observation 169 + 170
I began swapping my company's vector design software over to Coreldraw a few years back, beginning with X3. While it had some relatively minor compatibility and color issues it offered faster loading and rendering, lower overhead requirements, much better text handling, smoother gradients and a much easier learning curve for newbies ("kids" get replaced around here more often than I'd prefer. STAY IN SCHOOL). Each successive upgrade has given us even fewer reasons to lean on Illustrator for bread-n-butter work. With last years X6 even the traditionally better color rendering of Illustrator became a moot point.
We still have CS5 and still put it to use daily, but most often for Photoshop work, which oft-times then gets imported and combined with Corel files without issue. Illustrator may only get launched a couple dozen times a month anymore. It's a bloated pig IMO, no longer a pleasure to work with. Adobe hasn't impressed me for a few years now.
That's my opinion anyway.