Cannot find a viewer to open .CDR files

By RudolphMaier ยท 9 replies
Jan 20, 2016
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  1. I have a few users here at my work that use the Corel Draw application to create certain types of Labels, etc. In our engineering department, there are documentation specialists that need to open up some of these files and put the pictures into documents, manuals, etc. as well as grab the part numbers and other things. The files have a .CDR file extension to them and I have searched the web for about 2 hours so far with no results. I have downloaded about 20 apps that said they opened .cdr files (along with all the other extensions) and when I installed it and go to open a .cdr file, the application doesn't open it. I've been on Corel's website and couldn't even find anything there.
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  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Yes, Corel is a world unto itself. If you need to pass Corel drawings about to other systems, then use a PDF print driver and print to it to create portable, r/o files.
  3. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    This is going to be a problem if you want to work with CDR files. I bought the wife some programs when teachers were dragooned into becoming tech wizards overnight. One of the programs I bought her was for clipart and drawings to use in worksheets. It was called Corel Gallery Magic 65000 was dated 1997 and ran in Windows 98. I'm sure it opened CDR files - Corel vector files. Even if you can buy a copy of the program you'll find it won't run on recent Windows OS systems. As jobeard points out older software is often not supported by the big names. It might run in XP but I'd be doubtful about even that.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Can you ask the creators of the CDR files to export the files (save as) to a compatible format?
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Corel Draw runs on Win/7 Pro - - I had to buy a copy for the same reason as the OP, but needed to update.
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  6. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    You can download a free trial of Corel Draw X so that looks the best thing to try. It doesn't seem to be amongst Techspot downloads though.
  7. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    That's good. If the latest version is too expensive one of the earlier versions would be cheaper and do the job.
  8. henrymosley

    henrymosley TS Rookie

    Maybe a version problem with Corel?

    Go to the website and download a trial of the latest version.

    They also have support page

    Which version of Coral here is two

    You can try doing it with Microsoft Word.

    As: Insert -> Picture -> From file.
  9. RudolphMaier

    RudolphMaier TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks u all guys for help! solved)
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Great - - share with others your solution :)

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