How to open a Corel file without Corel?

I am sure there is a basic answer to this!  I have a hard drive with hundreds of Corel VII, VIII, IX, & X files that my grandfather left me when he passed away last April.  I don't have the software and have not been able to find a way to open them.  I want to see them & I'd love to save them as TIFFs.  Any ideas please?

 

Thank you! 

6 Replies - Latest Reply by rox

  • Copy the files to a portable USB drive and take them to a local print shop. Ask around to find someone who accepts CDR files and have them convert the files to PDF format. Once they're converted...you can save them using any application you have that accepts PDF into other formats...like TIFF.
  • You don't say whether the files are really CorelDRAW, PhotoPaint,
    Painter, or Paint Shop Pro files.
    If you can do it all in a couple weeks time, you can download the trial
    version of the particular program and use it. YOu do need to know which
    program you're really dealing with, though. Who knows, you may even get
    hooked on the software. Wink
    Val P.

    dvaires wrote:
    > I am sure there is a basic answer to this! I have a hard drive with
    > hundreds of Corel VII, VIII, IX, & X files that my grandfather left me
    > when he passed away last April. I don't have the software and have not
    > been able to find a way to open them. I want to see them & I'd love to
    > save them as TIFFs. Any ideas please?
    >
    >
    >
    > Thank you!
    >
    >
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    > http://community.coreldraw.com/forums/p/1761/6396.aspx#6396
    >
  • In reply to Val P.:

     LOL! That was a devious answer Val! Why didn't I think of this?! Seriously...if the original poster doesn't have an ISP account...then this option doesn't work.

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  • In reply to jamil:

    It's taken me a few days but I wanted to thank you for your suggestions -devious or otherwise :-).  Files are Painter VII-X.  I'll see how it goes.

    Now, really, what's the deal with the complete incompatibility of this software with other complementary apps?  Seems to me that hindering access in this way stems collaboration and hurts Corel's bottom line.  I'm just a bit frustrated with this.  Tear down the wall, Corel!
     

  • In reply to dvaires:

    dvaries,

    I don't object to having to buy the software to open the files. There is a lot of software like that. Corel software allows you to export the images to other file formats, which are then viewable using other software, unofrtunatley for you, your grandfather didn't do that. No doubt he enjoyed keeping them in the native Corel formats. There really isn't a "wall" to tear down. I hope these files give you good memories of your grandfather, good luck.