I have a Corel draw (.cdr) file that I would like to import into a GIS. It is a vector format which I think has no geographic information associated. I would like to be able to get it into MapInfo Professional and use the vector registering tools to place it correctly.

The problem I have is I cannot get it into .tab easily.

Does anyone know a way of getting it into any GIS/CAD format I could work with


  • corel draw will export dxf. Do you have the program?
    – Brad Nesom
    Jan 28, 2011 at 20:36

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Your best bet is to convert the corel draw file to a DXF and then import into MapInfo using universal translator. Adobe Illustrator can export to DXF, although you may have trouble importing from Corel (this will depend on your version). Try and split the document into layers from within a vector editor if you can, and convert them individually.

edit As an alternative to illustrator you could use inkspace which has a dxf export plugin.

If you are working with polygons an alternative would be to set the color differently for each polygon and then create a very high resolution raster from within your vector editor. This raster could then be georeferenced and vectorised. This sound like a cludge but can yield surprisingly good results. By rasterising you reduce the potential problems that could occur in the conversion process, and have a well understood work flow.


As it says the very 'best' way to convert cdr to dxf (then import in mapinfo with universal translator) http://www.coreldrawtools.com/standard/index.html

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