What do you like best?
Corel has been around for as long as any other major graphics package and has progressed close behind Adobe products (deservedly regarded as the de facto industry standard for artists) and is therefore a perfect solution for many types of users and needs. That said, it is no exaggeration to say that if you are or become a constant corel graphics user you can all but forget Photoshop for most uses, with no loss as to professional results.
It handles most anything you need to create with it, does not (yet...) use the annoying subscription system which I dislike, and has a quick and intuitive learning curve, in other words, accomplish the same with ease and speed for a lower price tag for the entire suite as compared to equal standalone apps.
A Vector and a Bitmap application are its main components but you also get a Font Manager, tons of clip-arts and assorted useful components such as to import and export all formats and it runs any plug-in you would use in PhotoShop, plus customised color pallets and native support for cmyk for most any kind of publishing you may want to create in it, as well as x-1A PDF export, editable presets or custom PDF settings as well.
Vector editing and bitmap-to-vector in CorelDraw and masking, cloning, fyll photo retouching capabilities and transparencies in CorelPhotoPaint are just some examples of the fast and exciting tools you get in one suite you can own without subscriptions.
You can also save to any previous version of CorelDraw so that files remain compatible with older versions if needed. Needless to say that it imports .PSD files too.
This fine suite is much underestimated in my opinion since its PhotoPaint component (a direct competitor to Adobe's PhotoShop) is hardly marketed as such and does not stand out so most people will think only of CorelDRAW (the vector software), when they should be appreciated and used together.
What do you dislike?
The suite has been buggy at times (and I cannot stress this enough!) perhaps since it began to call itself X something. Unexpected crashes do occur after some months of use, some tools may no longer work and will require a fresh install.
With every new version (X3, X4, X5....up to X8) one expects these issues to be resolved, but unexplainably, they continue to exist (at least up to X8 which I have used). Yes, I know you already paled at this and perhaps are wondering why use it at all then? Well, the advantages and ease of use offset this to a great extent in my opinion, just remember to have autosaves on and save your files as you go, better safe than sorry, right?
I also don´t care for the frequent changes Corel makes to the interface such flat buttons to match Win 10 style or annoying changes to the place of things such as menu items and tools in every new version, but these are also minor issues that should not put you off.
There are also too few and far between updates to improve, add or correct things, which would make the product more exciting and stable to use. I have also heard off and on that Corel intends to phase out its trusted PhotoPaint component (!!) to replaced it (!!) with the also tried and tested (but lacking in features) PaintShop Pro standalone that it purchased long ago, in future versions of the Suite. I sincerely hope Corel does not do this ever, as it would spoil things for many longtime users like me that use PhotoPaint a lot.
Recommendations to others considering the product
It's a great way to work with seamless integration among apps in the Suite, from vectors to bitmaps to fonts without forking out large sums to own it or becoming dependent on annoying subscriptions and cloud computing. Buy it, use it and get your pro work done fast without having to study complicated tutorials.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
My studio uses Its two major components, CorelDRAW and PhotoPaint for most everything in graphic design, from vector graphics, webdesign, font handling, photo compositing, image restoration and graphic effects for illustrations, design, comics and assorted publishing work with results that can be checked out at my websites and online portfolios.