Summary: Previous versions included on the retail box disks another 1000 fonts (useful), few thousand clip art (meh), templates (ehh), and hi res stock photos. Now there is none of that. Instead you have to register with Corel, become a member of the "Corel Club", log in through the software, and use something called Corel Connect to do excruciating on line only searches for fonts, etc. then download one at a time.
Pros: Vector Draw program cheaper than Illustrator, lacks some Illustrator features but has others Illustrator lacks. Paint program capable but, to me, awkward.
Cons: Paint program seems mush less intuitive than Photoshop. Extra software like Capture - YMMV
Summary: As I mentioned, a solid upgrade with a collection of improvements I use frequently. The non-subscription model still has appeal, as does the value of a suite for a low price.
Pros: The interface is improved but I don't think that it's a huge improvement, especially for experienced users. On the other hand, the new fill tools give a measurable boost to creativity and eliminate a lot of workarounds. I also like the idea of owning the software vs. a lease. A solid upgrade, maybe not as much as X6.
Cons: The move to 64-bit and multi-core doesn't seem to have generated any measurable speed improvements from my perspective. Also, the new layout tools are welcome but I think their suite would really benefit from a dedicated layout/publishing tool to compete with InDesign. They own Ventura, it would make a great addition to the suite in an updated format.
Summary: I've been a user of CorelDRAW since version 3, and I've been impressed with the improvements of each new version and how it's always improved my workflow. As a freelance graphic designer, time certainly IS money, and I'm always looking for ways to make my work more attractive while being able to produce it more rapidly and efficiently. Once again, this new version does just that with its new features.