One of the requests that we've received on a regular basis has been for a CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT viewer. This has always been a very interesting point of discussion internally regarding how we could do this. Good news: With CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4, there now is a viewer... and here is the detail on how to get it: Simply download and install the trial version.
The trial version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 enables you to test the full version for 15 days. Once the trial period is over, the application will automatically convert itself into a Viewer, disabling all output features such as save, print, ... You will still be able to use the product, but you won't be able to save your creations. This means that you can keep the trial on your computer if you need to view CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT files on a regular basis without the need to print / save these documents.
Corel provides documentation for the CMX format (the Corel Media Exchange file format). Regarding the CDR and CPT file formats, we do provide a similar level of information as for PSD or AI from another company as far as I know.
I wrote an e-mail to Irfan Skiljan who is the creator of IrfanView.
He replied that "...Corel do not offer any documentation for they formats."
Does that mean Corel does not want freeware software to be able to view their files? I really don't get it.
You can download the trial of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 from http://www.corel.com. When the trial period expires, it will become a viewer.
Would someone be able to post a link to a reputable site from which the viewer may be downloaded?
A Stand-alone viewer could be more useful (of course, if it's not too great, because it has to be embedded into the stand-alone file). It could be useful especially, when making a CorelDRAW document and taking it to a publishing company to let print it (when they have no CorelDRAW or CorelDRAW viewer, installed on their computers, and wouldn't do that for just one client; they ask you to export the file as a PDF or PSD, which gives totally different color results on a printed document)
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