Files that contain the CDR extension are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include CorelDRAW, RAW-CD, Bosch Crash Data Retrieval, and Apple Final Cut Pro. CDR files contain data related to the program that created them.
If the CDR file was created by CorelDRAW, the file is a vector graphic file type that contains geometric shapes, calculations, objects, shapes, lines, paths, and more. Corel DRAW is a graphics suite which allows designers to create illustrations, page layouts, bitmap and vector images, and website elements.
CDR files that are associated with RAW-CD are audio and music file types that contain data related to audio, codecs, and flexible sound formats. Basically they are a RAW audio format that requires a media software application capable of accessing this type of CDR file.
If the CDR files are related to Bosch Crash Data Retrieval, the file contains data which pertains to automobile crash data. The data originates from an Event Data Recorder device which is installed in automobiles.
CDR files which are created with Apple Final Cut Pro are backup file types that contain an exact copy of data from another resource. The purpose of this type of CDR file is to create an image of the data for the purpose of backup, storage, and restoration if needed.
How to Open CDR Files
If you are unsure about what program created the CDR file, double click on the file to see if it automatically opens in a default application. Depending upon the CDR file type, you may have a program installed on your PC that is capable of reading the file.
If the CDR file is associated with CorelDRAW and you use Windows, you can open the file using CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6, Corel PaintShop Pro X4, ACD Systems Canvas 14 or Adobe Illustrator CS6. For Mac OS X, you can use Adobe Illustrator CS6 or Inkscape, which also works with the Linux operating system.
CDR files that originate from RAW-CD are files which have been extracted from an audio CD to the hard drive on your PC. If you use Windows, you can open this type of CDR file using Apple iTunes, H+H Software Virtual CD, Awave Studio, or Lightning UK! ImgBurn. For Mac OS X, you can use Apple iTunes or Roxio Toast 11.
If the CDR files are created by Bosch Crash Data Retrieval, the files are generated as the result of crash sensors built into an automobile. The only way to open these files is by using Bosch Crash Data Retrieval System Software which is compatible with the Windows operating system.
CDR files associated with Apple Final Cut are disc images created on a Mac PC with a disk utility application. If you use Mac, you can open this type of CDR file using Apple Disk Utility or Disk Image Mounter.
If you are looking for a multiplatform application that will open CDR files in Windows, Mac, or Linux, you can use Catacombae HFSExplorer, which is designed to read hard disks and disk images that are formatted with the Mac OS X operating system.