I recently invested in a copy of CorelDRAW 8, not least so that I had a tool to use for creating covers for C Vu. Fairly soon I realised that trial and error was going to consume a large amount of time. So I got a couple of books from publishers that I had previously had good experiences with. I am not going to pretend that I have read either of these books cover to cover. Largely these books are ones where you look up a topic when you need to. Rather like dictionaries it is easy to get side tracked. I was doing some scanning and thought I would have a look to see what these books might have to say. Along with some very practical information, I came across some truly amazing things in CorelDRAW 8 Bible . I would never even have thought of scanning Whipped cream and I am not even sure what 'personal lubricant' is though I will take the authors word that you can suspend things in it. Clearly, there is a whole different world out there.
CorelDRAW 8 Secrets tends to stay clear of these more exotic areas but does give excellent advice. For example, if you are going to use a laser printer do not go and spend large sums of money on specially surfaced paper until you have tested that the toner will fuse to it.
OK these books are not about programming but if you have to produce your own documentation or want to explore exciting graphical designs for your web page either of these books will help you get more from CorelDRAW 8.