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There are many guides circulating on the Internet that promise a lot and keep little. I read quite a few of them today when I was looking for a way to open a Corel Draw file (file extension ".cdr") from a customer and then use the logo as a JPG or to incorporate PNG on the website. Acrobat Distiller - actually made to produce PDF files - also throws an error and not a PDF file. The file supplied came from a foil labeler who decorated the customer's car with his lettering.
I liked the answer from a user in a Mac forum who, when asked how to open a CDR file on a Mac, wrote the following:
Addressing Corel on the Macintosh Forum is like offering holy water in Hell.
So it is right! Unfortunately, I still have to open the Corel file and it doesn't help to hide in the Apple ivory tower.
Nevertheless, there were a few answers that seemed helpful at first:
Except for the last idea, I went through everything and everything didn't work out. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (for me Adobe CC 2020) do not know the file format and cannot open it. I think they already recognize the file format, but Adobe just can't bring itself to import Corel Draw. : D
The bottom line was that none of this helped and I was back with my cdr file that simply no program would open under macOS.
After some research, I finally came across the (free) solution to my problem: an online service called Zamzar, that offers all possible file conversions - even without an account requirement.
In addition to many other formats, Zamzar also supports the conversion of CDR files. There are a number of options for what you can do with an uploaded CDR format:
The conversion works by uploading your source file to Zamzar and then being queued. Paying users can convert directly, but free users have to wait a few seconds to minutes.
I`ve read and accepted the CDR to PDF conversion selected and used the function to be informed by e-mail when the conversion is finished. When the time comes, you will receive a message and you can load the finished PDF file on the page.
The whole thing worked perfectly for me. After downloading the converted PDF file, it could be opened in Adobe Photoshop in any resolution.
Do you have any tips on what you can do with CDR files on the Mac (besides throwing them in the trash), then I look forward to your comment.
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