Welcome to this tutorial on how to use the File Converter Macro in CorelDRAW.
Situations that require converting large numbers of files can be long tedious work, requiring hours of opening, exporting and closing documents. Thankfully CorelDRAW has a macro already built into the program that is made specifically to handle that kind of job and do all the hard work for you.
1. If you have a large number of files you need to convert, it is recommended that you place them all in a single folder in Windows - this isn't mandatory but it helps to keep organized and speed up the process. So for the purpose of this tutorial I have created a folder and called it Original Files and it contains 10 files in CDR format.
2. The next thing you will want to do is create a new folder where the converted files will be placed. In this example, I will call this folder Converted Files for consistency.
Using the File Converter Macro
1. Open CorelDRAW and then from the Tools menu, select Macros and Run Macro.
2. Click on the drop down list beside Macros in and select FileConverter and then click Run.
This will launch the File Converter window.
3. Click on the button beside source.
4. When the Source Selection window opens, click on this button once again to search for the folder containing the source files.
5. Highlight the folder and click OK.
6. After Draw has listed all the files it will pop up a Complete message, and you can click OK to continue.
7. Since all the source files we're using have been placed in the same folder, click Add All and then OK.
This will return you to the File Converter window.
8. Click on the button beside Destination.
9. Select the folder where you want the converted files to go, and click OK.
10. Now you can select the type of file you want to convert to.
Other settings are available in this window and may be useful to you depending on the projects you're working on and the reasons for running the conversion. For example, converting text to curves may be helpful if you're sending documents out of office to a client or company that does not have access to the same fonts that you have on your system.
In this example we will be converting CDR files to AI so that they can be sent to a client who is working with that format.
When you have finished specifying the details, click on the Convert button.
The process may be almost instantaneous if you are processing a few files or could take several minutes for larger jobs.
When the task has been completed, a pop up window will appear to let you know that the file conversion has been completed.
Click OK to this message and then you can exit the File Converter window.
Now, if you return to the Converted Files folder in windows, you will see that it contains all the copies.
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