Issue 27836 - import/export filter for Corel Draw formats
Summary: import/export filter for Corel Draw formats
Alias: None
Product: Draw
Classification: Application
Component: open-import (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 68 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: AOO Later
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: rfe_eval_ok, third_party_support
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-04-15 09:36 UTC by utomo99
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:35 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
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Wxample Core draw (8?) File that Cannot be imported (90.42 KB, application/octet-stream)
2005-09-14 14:53 UTC, Peter Lairo
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Description utomo99 2004-04-15 09:36:27 UTC
Now we have Draw, but it cannot import from most used Draw software available 
in market (Corel Draw), we need to add this capability, to be able to import 
or maybe including export to Corel Draw.
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2004-04-15 09:41:43 UTC
Reassigned to Bettina.
Comment 2 cle 2004-05-02 12:31:32 UTC
this also applies to other formats like corel presentations (.shw) and the like
Comment 3 rvojta 2004-11-09 19:03:18 UTC
Comment 4 mlisowsk 2005-01-26 11:52:16 UTC
I am working at a research group in a university. We frequently use CorelDraw to 
prepare posters for conferences and figures for scientific publications. During 
the past years we have accumulated a large amount of drawings which are often 
reused for new figures/posters. For migrating from CorelDraw to OOo Draw it is 
_essential_ that these old drawings can be imported into Draw not only as an 
unmodifyable object (this can already be achieved using a WMF/EMF intermediate 
conversion step) but as a full featured drawing that can be modified as if it 
was created in OOo. The import as WMF/EMF or via OLE object is useless for us, 
as it does not allow editing of the drawing (in case of OLE you still need 

A CorelDraw export filter would be very helpful as well but is not as important 
as the import filter.
Comment 5 Peter Lairo 2005-09-14 14:48:39 UTC
This bug still exists in the 2.0 Beta nightly builds (1.9.104). 

It currently appears impossible to successfully bring vector images into OOo
(EPS and WMF failed miserably on me).This bug still exists in the 2.0 Beta
nightly builds (1.9.104).
Comment 6 Peter Lairo 2005-09-14 14:53:13 UTC
Created attachment 29556 [details]
Wxample Core draw (8?) File that Cannot be imported
Comment 7 ace_dent 2008-05-16 01:41:04 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

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Comment 8 chkur 2008-05-16 12:18:29 UTC
There are 55 votes for this issue and I think than ability of importing 
CorelDraw formats is really needed.

This feature was not improved in 2.4 and 3.0 Beta.
Comment 9 chkur 2008-05-16 12:26:57 UTC
There are 55 votes for this issue and I think than ability of importing 
CorelDraw formats is really needed.

This feature was not improved in 2.4 and 3.0 Beta.
Comment 10 canis 2008-05-20 06:37:41 UTC
I agree, very useful feature.
We hope for next releases it will be done.
Comment 11 castellanos 2008-07-09 04:58:30 UTC
In my particular case, I have Corel Draw! v.9 .cdr & .cmx files which I'd like
to modify and update using OOo-Draw; and exporting them to WMF doesn't let me
change them in an easy way.
Comment 12 credmann 2009-01-27 03:23:26 UTC
Can we use the Uniconvertor?
Comment 13 gerymate 2009-03-31 11:16:55 UTC
With the recent developments in supporting anti-aliasing, OOo Draw can be a real
competitor to the CorelDraw series, as we have both high quality vector- and
raster-graphics facilities readily available.

According to the Wikipedia, the .CDR file format is patented to some degree.
This can be an obstacle in implementing certain features, mostly on the export
side - for proper information, more research is needed. From the viewpoint of
raising ODF awareness and standardization, the export filter for .CDR can have
even a negative effect. Contrary, an import filter could open migration to for many.
Comment 14 hwtan 2009-04-02 07:03:51 UTC
Yes, we should set a milestone and get it going because it is very difficult to
find a good and free converter that imports cmx and retains its vectors' property.
Comment 15 credmann 2010-05-27 14:45:54 UTC
uniconvertor is a Python piece of software what imports many formats:

    * CorelDRAW ver.7-X3,X4 (CDR/CDT/CCX/CDRX/CMX)
    * Adobe Illustrator up to 9 ver. (AI postscript based)
    * Postscript (PS)
    * Encapsulated Postscript (EPS)
    * Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)
    * Windows Metafile (WMF)
    * XFIG
    * Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
    * Skencil/Sketch/sK1 (SK and SK1)
    * Acorn Draw (AFF)