CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox - user manual

CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox (download) is an efficient tool for recovering data from damaged CorelDraw(*.cdr) files. If a *.cdr file gets damaged, CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox will be able to perform file analysis and recover file objects within seconds.

The program has a simple interface that enables any user to easily pick a damaged file, recover data and export it to a new CorelDraw file. The program requires absolutely no special skills or knowledge. If an important CDR file with the result of several days of your work won't open, don't panic and try to open it with CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox.

All you need to recover your data is to follow simple on-screen instructions and make your way to the final step of the wizard to recover your data and pass it to CorelDraw for further editing or saving.

IMPORTANT: CorelDraw must be installed on your computer during recovery. CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox does not save recovered data to a file, but rather passes it directly to CorelDraw. The program does not modify the damaged source file.

This manual describes the process of recovering data from damaged *.cdr files using CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox. Please refer to this document prior to contacting our technical support department. Recovering CorelDraw files (*.cdr files) CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox is a simple step-by-step wizard.

Recovery of CorelDraw files (*.cdr)

Your involvement in the process is limited to selecting a damaged file and clicking a couple of buttons. The program takes care of the rest. The recovery process consists of the following steps:

Step 1. - File selection

The first step allows you to select a file you want to recover. This can be done in one of the following three ways :

  1. By entering the name of the damaged .CDR file into an input field located in the center of the program window.
  2. By using a standard dialog that can be opened by clicking a small icon to the right of the input field.
  3. Finally, you can select one of the previously used *.cdr files from a dropdown list that can be opened by clicking a small icon with an arrow sign in the right part of the input field. Once you've made your selection, use the Next button in the lower part of the window. The program will prompt for a confirmation and will start the recovery process upon receiving it.

Step 2. - Previewing the content of the file being recovered

The second step of the wizard allows you to preview the drawings contained in the damaged file. You can zoom in and out using the + and - keys, as well as the mouse wheel. To move around the canvas, click the left mouse button anywhere in the preview area and move the mouse with the left button pressed down. A right click will bring up a context menu that can be used for selecting the necessary navigation mode - Zoom or Move. If you don't see the image because of your previous actions (excessive zooming, for instance), use the View -> Reset command to reset the view to the default state.

Step 3. - Export data to CorelDraw

CorelDraw Recovery Toolbox does not save recovered objects to a new file, but exports them directly to CorelDraw for further editing and saving. To be able to export the recovered data, make sure that CorelDraw is installed on your system. If you have several versions of CorelDraw, the program will suggest choosing the necessary one.

Step 4. - Recovery log

This is the final step of the wizard that contains a list of all recovery actions performed during this session. You can now exit the program by clicking Finish or go back to one of the previous steps using the Back button and select another file for recovery.

Additional features and commands

The Actions menu contains two important commands: Send source file and Clear file list. The first command allows you to quickly email the damaged file to the program developers if it fails to recover data for some reason. Clicking Send file to developers in the lower part of the window on the image preview and recovery log steps will do the same. The Clear file list command clears the list of previously used files and their paths. If you know the version of the *.cdr file being recovered, use the CDR Version option to accelerate the recovery process and improve its quality. If you don't know the version of your source file, use the Auto detect option to make the program automatically detect the file version.