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dear Affinities, 

We regularly work with Chinese designers as we manufacture our products in China.   

Our company exclusively uses Apple devices in the office as well as in the creative area.
 
Currently we use Adobe Indesign and Co. for our artwork because we thought this would be the international standard.

it is not.

Very often we had to find out that our Chinese contact persons obviously did not use our artworks but copied our printable pdf in corel draw. (copied in a way of re-work the same file) 

the result was/is usually an absolute disaster.

after many conversations we found out that almost all processing partners such as laser (for engraving brand names or product labels)
as well as printing plants (for printing on cardboard boxes) exclusively use PC and Coreldraw. 

In China, it seems that Corel has become the market leader thanks to Coreldraw's performance and pricing policy. 

Knowing this, it would be great if Affinity products could be expanded to include CDR "Import from" and "export as". 

just as an idea ;-)

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@greenius

Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums :) 

Though it could be added to the whole range or Publisher I have moved your suggestions to the Affinity Designer forum as it is most appropriate to that application for CDR import/export


Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

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Have you tried exporting as pdf or svg? It does work (mostly) the other way (CDR to AD).

John


Windows 10, Affinity Photo 1.8,3 Designer 1.8.3 and Publisher 1.8.3 (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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äh ,.. of course we are making pdf`s (at our side there are studied graphic designers) but our chinese partners oviously cant`t use them the way wea re expecting,... or better said their proceeding "machines" can`t use. 

at the end this is the reason that they are re-doing our files ,.. but, wrong. they are not even using our fonts ! 

 

 

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Same exact problem as yours. We need to start working with a Chinese maker to do some yoga mat engraving. They asked for .CDR files.

I checked online to see if there is a converter (albeit, I don't know if I can trust the result) from PSD to CDR but I couldn't find any.

Maybe there can be some other safe conversion to .CDR? From PDF?

Anything you have found I'd really appreciate to know.

You can write to me at

marcodeveglia@gmail.com

P.S.

Started using Affinity yesterday and it's a great software. Just missing the 'export to CDR'. :)

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No conversion is reliable so if the projects are important then you need to be working in the same software.  You can't trust that one program faithfully export a file to another format.

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Thanks for the answers.

The Chinese maker sent me the file types they can manage:
PDF
PSD
CDR
AI
JPG (I don't know about this one, they say they don't manage bitmaps...)

Unfortunately I had no luck in making Illustrator to work on my Mac and that is why I found Affinity (I've been using it for 2 days now, but I really like it).

So, in theory they should be able to use a PSD, but they said they can't. Something lost in translation.

However, they told me we can try with PDF to see if it works. That would be the best because the PSD is about 80Mb and the PDF is 25Kb.

Just sent them a PDF, finger crossed.

M

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I've been a longtime user/devotee to CorelDraw, and yes... its amazing how many industries use CorelDraw as a tool for graphic design and execution. Many CNC pieces of equipment will use CDR files to do a variety of things from printing to cutting vinyl and other materials.  I think many people in the vehicle wrap business use Corel's CDR files.  Corel's GUI is very user friendly, and while I prefer Photoshop to CorelPaint, its the old story about the more you use it, the more you like it.  I'm trying to ween off PS because of Catalina and trying to get more familiar with Infinity Photo. Ironically, I have kept around a PC specifically for two products; CorelDraw and VISIO.  IIRC, in CorelDraw you could save files to an incredible number of formats, even DXF (CAD type drawings).  Same goes for VISIO... you can save a VISIO drawing to almost anything including PDFs, DWG, and I think DXF.  The latter two being AutoCAD standards for the world.  Affinity Photo can "export" as a PDF, PSD, JPG and several other formats. If you Google "VISIO for MAC" you'd see how many people are wishing there was something as intuitive as VISIO that ran on a Mac. If Affinity's team created a hybrid that perhaps brought Corel and Visio capabilities and file saving into the Designer product, I'd buy it in a heartbeat, and probably so would many others.

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Yeah I understand, but not going back to Windows only for this. Still waiting if they can use the PDF...

M

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It will be great if there is an import option for CDR Files.

😊

Stay Safe 🌹🌹


Serif Software user since 2008 | Not an active forum user since July 4, 2019 after getting a nice response from Developer.

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I've been a CorelDraw user since version 3.0 up-to 2020. It's my bread and water for the vector design work I do on my desktop. However, from time to time, I need to work on my Mac, and I don't want to get the CorelDraw Mac version. I have been experimenting with PDF, AI, SVG exported versions, but there is always something missing. It would be awesome to avoid extra layers of translations and use a direct import/export filter for CRD files. As I get more proficient with the Affinity suite, I may wean out from the Corel ecosystem. :-)

If you need beta testers for CDR import/export work, count on me!

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CDR compatibility would be amazing, as Im a 10+ year user of Coreldraw, and use it for both lasercutting and direct to surface printing reasons. I have camera registration systems that make working in one piece of software for two purposes perfect. I have too many files I need to regularly access to just walk away from it.

Lately I feel that Corel's owners seem to be moving into the Adobe way of thinking, and have gone subscription only, which is a pain as I buy the software outright and I refuse to have software that dissapears when you stop paying for it. I dont want to keep supporting them financially.

There is so much promise for Affinity, but the fact that for 5 years people have been asking for DWG/DXF basic file format compatibility and it still has no current timeline of integration, so I cant see them doing CDR type file format any time soon as they dont seem to be that concerned for users with a technical requirement. 

If there was a separate corel type piece of software on  the cards, I would buy it immediately. But as for right now, im using it to open Ai files that have issues opening directly in Corel... basically its a file converter for me until more useful functionality is applied.

Please please please make this software work for technical users, its a massive market!

 

 

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Just a few, my cents to above:

-i tried really various manipulations but COULD NOT provide correct ,vector files for Plotter/Cutter, operated by a guy with Corel /plotter cutter operates mostly or even exclusively on .cdr native files/.

AFAIK: Problem seems mostly by COREL side /although depending who is speaking../ but the question is: what/if could be done in AFFINITY to enable correct export for Plotter/Cutter ??

Thats noticeable segment of our job too...


cheers,

AF Photo+Designer+Publisher and their betas on Win10 x64/Gtx760+AmdFX+24GB RAM

 

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