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Will Affinity Designer eventually import cdr CorelDraw files?

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I'm just wondering ... I have 10+ years work in CorelDraw (I've had an Adobe Illustrator license too, but somehow I never liked AI).

So now I want to switch to Affinity Designer. But apparently I can't just go and open my old .cdr CorelDraw files. I'd have to convert them to .ai Adobe Illustrator files (and potentially lose line widths etc, anyway it's a tedious extra step). 

Are there any plans to have Designer open .cdr files? 

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Very unlikely, in my opinion, as the .cdr file format is proprietary to Corel and is undocumented.

If you convert your files to .ai format, be sure to use the appropriate compatibility options to ensure that the .ai files also contain a PDF representation of the data. Like .cdr, the .ai file format is proprietary, and Affinity can only read it if the PDF information is included.

You might consider (and try) simply converting to PDF rather than to .ai format.


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4 hours ago, Loader said:

Are there any plans to have Designer open .cdr files? 

 

24 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

Very unlikely, in my opinion, as the .cdr file format is proprietary to Corel and is undocumented.

 

 


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Try exporting from CorelDraw to another format. As with all these things, whatever features reside within CorelDraw, that don't reside in Affinity, they will not be transferred regardless of the format, in most cases those features will either be rasterised or not imported. Even if a feature is similar i.e. gradients, the method of application could be different enough to cause import issues. PDF seems to be the best bet format at the moment but don't expect miracles.

 


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Thank for the replies. Ok, yes, I tried pdf as the go-between and it does preserve the layers, line widths, line types, arrow types, fonts, colours, gradient fills, all done well. The only thing to do is make sure all the layers are visible and printable. As a work-around this will do I think.

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