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From time to time I need some flags or other graphic drawings for my projects. Earlier I was using Corel Draw which is a vector based program and very useful for these tasks. Unfortunately a few months ago my old computer crashed together with Corel Draw. I was immediately downloading a free trial version but that is accessible only for 30 days. Buying new version is out of question because of high price.

Does anybody know any other free or affordable graphic design software which would have nearly same features as Corel has? I was already testing Inkscape but results are not very promising, even after learning and reading through numerous tutorials available.

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Moxis, 

If you have had a correct licens from the beginning and have the key saved, you should be able to re-start your Corel Draw.

Inkscape is tricky to work with, well at least for me.

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Do you need the flags to be showing the effects of wind?  If it is the rectangular flat version, then the dynamic effects that vector provides are not needed.

A raster based graphics program should do. Straight lines will work.  I work at 1:48 for plans and the short segments that make a hull cross section be facets instead of a smooth curve, still work for me.

GIMP is free, PhotoShop is subscription,  PaintShop Pro is low cost,  and Painter is too expensive unless you want to use a computer to actually paint a picture.

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Thanks Per and Jaager. My Corel version was many years old, I think it was #7 or near. No key or anything left, so I think it is not possible to restart it any more.

 

GIMP might be nice. I have to study it more carefully. I don't need this software very often, so don't want to invest hard earned money for it.

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Go with Gimp or Inkscape, they are both free and will serve the purpose. 

 

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Just downloaded Inkscape and it looks like a very capable piece of software and you can't beat the price.

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I believe that Corel still offers the "Student/Home" version relatively inexpensive as it's a one time purchase and not a month-to-month type as are their other products.

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