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Batch exported (.cdr to .ai) files not opening BUT .cdr to .pdf do

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I have a number of old files from a previous degree that were created in CorelDraw (.cdr). These are both vector and image files, and were used as figures in my thesis.


I discovered you can batch export files instead of individually, and took all of the .cdr files and exported to illsutrator (.ai). These appear to have exported properly (i.e., they have a file size that makes sense), but only open as blank documents in Affinity. I tried one of these same files as an export to PDF (which you cannot batch export) and it opened as a layered file in Affinity no problems.



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CorelDRAW doesn’t include a pdf portion in its AI export. AD only opens the pdf portion in an AI file. 


I haven't used batch export in later versions of CD to see if it's possible but you could likely write/record a macro to do the batch export. There may already be one on the CorelDraw forum.

My computer is a nothing-special Toshiba laptop with unremarkable specs running Windows 10 64-bit.

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