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All Layers i use are nested into sublayers. I want to open the exported PDF file in CorelDraw.


I know, PDF1.7 and 1.6 preserve layers. But these formats crash in Corel (A Bug-Report is opened).

Which export function (also in Beta-Versions) preserve the nested layer structure also for CorelDraw?


I need also the edit ability  preserved.


Any hints. At best in the stable version of affinity designer are welcome.


Best regards


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PostScriptum: I tried svg. Unfortunately the file is not rendered correctly by Coreldraw.  The Layers are preserved, but the file is unusable. Both export functions of Affinity Designer 1.3.5 and have the same problem.

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Hi Andreas

Welcome to the forums! :)

I can see that you have already had a response to this issue here

​Hopefully another user can shed some light on this for you. In the mean time, you could try downloading the trial version of their X7 and see if this works any better for you? 

This ultimately seems like a Corel issue however. 


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Hi Jack,


unfortunately it seems a flaw in the new export engine of the beta version of Designer.


I tried Corel X7, same error as in X4 and X6. Also Adobe Illustrator CS4 has rendering problems with the new pdf.


Only the stable pdf export (old engine) works well in Illustrator / CorelDraw.

Also the layers are not preserved in Illustrator CS4.


Some PDF-Readers (Nitro-Reader, Apple Preview) render the pdf from the new engine correctly.


Data-Exchange is a mayor usability feature, so hopefully this will be corrected soon.




(P.S. I post this i the bug section of the forum as well)

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