About.com Readers' Choice Winners and Finalists
- Xara Designer Pro (2011 Winner)
- Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator)
- CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
- Serif PagePlus (2010 Winner)
About.com Desktop Publishing Guide ChoiceIn this category, all software programs listed above are excellent software for general graphic design. The only addition I would make to the list is Scribus. My quick assessment:
- If you are a Mac user, Xara, Corel, and Serif are out of the running.
- CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is primarily graphics software and not a good choice if you are designing books and newsletters, but for graphics-intensive layouts such as ads and posters it's more affordable than the Adobe Creative Suite but just as powerful.
- For the cost-conscious and those who want easy to use graphic design software, go with Xara Designer Pro or Serif PagePlus. I haven't fully delved into Xara Designer Pro yet, but after just a few minutes of playing around and browsing the huge gallery of templates I have to say I am impressed. If you work in print and Web equally it can fulfill the needs of both types of design.
Read more about my first early impressions of Xara Designer Pro
- If free or open source is your preference, use Scribus. However, it is not as quick and easy to learn as the Xara and Serif software.