All righty then! Paint programs are bitmap (Aka: Raster) based.
This means they are “pixel” paint programs. Draw programs are
Object (Aka: Vecter) based. The computor focuses on the "object"
being created rather than each individual pixel. Adobe has been a
leader in graphics programs for years, Corel has been a leader in
word processing. Lately, (in the past 3-5 years) both company’s
have begun dabbling in other markets. It’s no surprise to me
that friends of mine at Industrial Light and Magic (a special
effects firm) use Adobe products. I do too. I’m not the type of
guy to pay too much attention to what is said in the media, or
otherwise. I would let experience speak for itself. (yes, I use
Snap-On Tools as well) As for the two programs, or companys, I
have used both, but I tend to lean toward Adobe, HOWEVER, I am
not real satisfied with Illustrator as a Jewelry design program.
I feel there should be a specific program for jewelry design, as
I’m sure there will some day be, where you can select from a
pull-down menu, a certain cut/size of stone and the program will
draw the stone as a top view, 3/4 view, or whatever. That’s about
it for now. Tim Goodwin @tmn8tr
PS- Sorry Dave, I’m a Mopar man too.