download the 30day trial of corel and use it to save the AI file.
Give your clients a checklist including converting fonts to paths etc. Corel will publish to pdf or save as ai,ps,eps or just about anything else. If they know in advance what you want there is a better chance you will get it
I like the virtual machine aproach above.
Be careful with the above listed solutions.
If you don't have Corel and PC, you should ask the file's sender to do the following, or as somebody wrote above, download a trial version of Corel to your Mac, and install a Win XP on virtual box machine to run it.
Last time when there was near of full compatibility between Corel and Illustrator, you have to be save the .cdr file back to .ai in Illustrator 8 version. As you can see at the save window, the "PDF compatible", etc will be gray, so you can't select these options. That's why we always save back as Illu 8 version, because Corel won't put unneeded stuff to the saved files.
- Be careful with gradient containing documents, because the save back will cause unexpected results (for example one gradient will be saved as a Blend objects, you will get more hundred or thousand objects)
- Always create outlines from texts.
I prefer to save this mode, not PDF, because Corel is making 2-3x greater files than Illustrator PDF, so I don't trust in them.
After this save, you have to view the ai document in Illustrator in Outline mode, and if you can, compare with Corel document in Wireframe mode. Then you can realize how your conversation was successful, and how much work do you have with the document.
(I see this is an earlier post, but if somebody reads this article, it will be useful)
Don't go the PDF route if you plan to edit further in Illustrator. I usually find exporting from CorelDraw as an AI gives the most useful files.
If you need to preserve appearance exactly, and editing is not a concern then PDF is good.
Best way for me to get something from Corel to Illustrator or From Illustrator to Corel is exporting what you need with AutoCad format (i think it's DWG) and the import it with the properties you set before.
Usually works!.and imports without problems.
Some time ago I had the same issue. I tried this solution which I think worked at the time. As I don't have a Corel Draw file at hand, I can't confirm it before writing this comment. Try it & see.
Drop the Corel Draw file into Adobe Distiller, set to Press Quality. Distiller creates a PDF which can be opened in Illustrator.
Hope it works
Is it just me? Illustrator CS5.5 Mac opens any CDR I throw at it.
But maybe mine are older versions (none are dated any later than 2007).
I always ask the client to publish file as PDF with press settings and bleeds enabled
export to eps file with settings:
1. export text - curves
2. Compatibility - PS2
3.Image header - none
4. Apply ICC - none
5. Objects - CMYK
OPI - none
Auto increase fountain steps - none
I Always use this setting:
(I have Illustrator CS4, but always save a CS version,
trust me, it's more careful)
And you can see Here for Potential Problems....