8 Replies Latest reply on Oct 30, 2013 9:25 AM by Dov Isaacs

    Corel Draw and Indesign


      We would like to import/open directly a cdr file into Indesign instead of making an export into a indesign file from Corel Draw



      Is it possible ?


      Thank you

        • 1. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
          Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

          No. ID has no import filter for Corel Draw format.

          • 2. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            You can file a feature request at Adobe - Feature Request/Bug Report Form and make a strong case for why this would help a large number of users, but don't hold your breath waiting.

            • 3. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
              Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Best to make a PDF from corel draw.


              Then use File>Place



              PDF settings probably best at PDFx4a

              • 4. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
                Doc Maik Level 4

                Afaik, CorelDraw can export various file types readable by Adobe tools, like Illustrator (AI) or other (PDF, as Eugene suggested).

                Some of the exported formats can be placed as object in Indesign, so with a little extra work, it might be possible to get a 1:1 result. Sadly, the placed object's contents can not be edited in Indesign.

                • 5. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
                  MyCoalescence Level 1

                  Corel Draw vs Indesign. Draw will actually be able to make objects instead of just import them. Indesign is very bad at making objects beyond the simplest geometric shapes. Come on it cant even make a clipping mask and those have been around for how many years now? Indesign will be little smoother on the total text heavy functions i give it that but coreldraw is a better all in one and can actually make your complete project in it not have to make things in photoshop/illustrator and import to indesign when you just need the CorelDraw suite. My favorite function in draw is copy/paste actually pastes it in the exact same spot you copied it from which is such a massive time saver you have no idea. How often do you have to waste time repositing pasted objects when just needed a copy in a slightly different spot from the origin?


                  CorelDraw can do all the major desk top publishing techniques needed. Tracking, kerning, leading, text styles, master pages, faceing pages, ect. I hate designing in indesign. Unlike illustrator or coreldraw you have a very limited art board space per page and it does not like you moving your screen around to look around and try. You cant really scroll left/right which is dumb.

                  • 6. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
                    BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                    If you want to compare CorelDRAW to an Adobe product then compare it to Illustrator. Comparing it to InDesign is ridiculous!

                    • 7. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
                      Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                      @MycCoalescence – of course, InDesign is capable of using clipping paths. And you could expand the pasteboard as you wish. Paste In Place is also possible…


                      Get yourself a decent course for learning InDesign, read the online manual or a good book about it.



                      • 8. Re: Corel Draw and Indesign
                        Dov Isaacs Adobe Employee



                        I agree with Bob Levine on this one.


                        However, you demonstrate a not particularly good knowledge of InDesign when you complain about copy/paste. Otherwise you would have known that InDesign has a paste in place function that simply drops the copied object either on top of itself on the same page or if you move to another page, at the same location on that other page.


                        You have a number of troll-like postings in these forums in the last few weeks. If you like CorelDraw and QuarkXPress, use them. But these forums are for end users helping other end users, not for advancing whatever agenda you have either for these other products or against Adobe!


                                  - Dov