I have been using Corel 7 professionally for several months now. I
honestly believe it is absolutely fantastic and possibly the best
release yet in terms of being bug free.
However I also have often experienced the problem when saving.
Frustrating as hell! The only work around I know of is to save as a
Corel Presentation Exchange CMX file. This will lose page setup info,
guidelines, layers and pages etc., but your drawing will be intact (if
all on the same page!).
If anyone else knows a better trick, or if Corel has a bug fix PLEASE
LET ME KNOW.
At the same time, this bug does not appear very often at all (on our
system) though once is often often enough!
Regardless of this bug (and a couple of others I have come across) I am
constantly amazed at what a wonderful drawing tool Corel 7 is. Too good
to be put off by the few bugs.
In relation to Illustrator 7. I have tested it against Corel 7 on the
same machine. It is dog slow. I opened a fairly detailed file (which was
created in Illustrator) in both programs and found that Corel 7 beat the
pants off Illustrator.
Where Corel Draw 7 redraws the screen with a 'pop', Illustrator redraws
it with a 'grind...grind... pause.. pant... pant... grind!' everytime
you change view or pan about the page. With such slow screen redraws,
Illustrator is useless as a professional tool.
I did not bother to go into inspecting the tools Illustrator has on
offer. Coming from a Mac environment I am quite confident that they will
not be impressive enough, easy to use or well integrated to justify the
wait (screen redraws).
I believe your money was well spent!
PS I have Corel 7 Version 7.375