Importing AI, EPS and PDF with CorelDRAW X5
AI Files: CorelDRAW X4 could import files from Adobe Illustrator CS3 and earlier. But it could not open files that were saved with compression. Unfortunately the compression is turned on by default in Illustrator so files had to be opened and resaved in Illustrator before they could be used in CorelDRAW. CorelDRAW X5 can import files from Adobe Illustrator CS4 (the most recent version) and earlier. More importantly, it can work with compressed files. This means you have a much better chance of being able to import Illustrator files than you did in the past. Just keep in mind that files with more complex types of objects and fills are less likely to be fully editable when imported.
EPS Files: CorelDRAW X4 could import EPS files saved in PostScript Level 1 or 2 format. But it couldn't work with files saved with PostScript Level 3 data. CorelDRAW X5 has included support for the Ghostscript engine which allows it to successfully import EPS files with PostScript Level 3 data.
PDF Files: CorelDRAW X4 could import unprotected PDF files saved through Acrobat 8. CorelDRAW X5 can import files saved in Acrobat 9 format (again the most current version).
Given the importance of all three of these formats, you should find that CorelDRAW X5 has made dramatic improvements when importing. Want to give it a try for yourself? Download the trial version and import a few files to see how it works for you. If you are ready to buy, remember you can use the coupon code UNLEASHEDFEB to save 10% if you buy before the end of February. Yes, that code is perfectly valid. If you copy and paste, make sure an extra space doesn't come with it and make sure you enter it in all caps. For those in the US, also use the coupon code COREL99 to get free shipping. Users in Canada can get free shipping with the code CORELC99. Since I earn a commission if you buy using my links, I'll even send you an extra DVD filled with Photoshop plugs-ins, clip art and more; e-mail me (link is on this page if you don't know my address) your order number and your shipping address.