Hello I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 and I've installed Inkscape because I need to edit a .cdr file, Inkscape works like normal but the sole task I need it to do is edit said .cdr file which I understand it should be capable off by default.

Whenever I try to open the file though I get the following error:

UniConvertor failed:

The eror itself is longer but what it seems to be saying that it can't find this application, and I myself haven't found it in the package manager.

If someone has experienced something similar or has a simple solution for editing cdr's I'm no artist I just need to change some names, I would be very gratefull.

The full error.

  • It can't find what application exactly?
    – dobey
    Jun 19, 2012 at 14:27
  • the uniconverter Jun 19, 2012 at 14:42
  • Try this: mkdir ~/.uniconvertor
    – SirCharlo
    Jun 19, 2012 at 15:23
  • Saddly creating that directory doesn't help. Jun 19, 2012 at 15:58

3 Answers 3


According to the error log

    raise SketchLoadError(_("unrecognised file type"))
    app.events.skexceptions.SketchLoadError: unrecognised file type

the CDR file ist not recognized.

What is the version of the CDR files? UniConvertor supports only the following CDR versions:

  • CorelDRAW ver.7-X3,X4 (CDR/CDT/CCX/CDRX/CMX)

(Information from here: http://sk1project.org/modules.php?name=Products&product=uniconvertor)

  • apt-cache search uniconverter ;)
    – SirCharlo
    Jun 19, 2012 at 14:31
  • It said it was already installed and up to date, the uniconverter that is. Jun 19, 2012 at 14:43
  • So, paste please the full error message, perhaps that helps
    – mbs
    Jun 19, 2012 at 14:47
  • I put in a link to Pastebin in the question. Jun 19, 2012 at 15:00
  • I'm sorry I don't see the info in the properties, and I just received this file with the instructions to add my name I don't know who designed it. I'm going to try and find out but I think this might be the answer Jun 19, 2012 at 19:48

You can find it under Ubuntu Software Center with the name Universal Vector Graphics Translator: python-uniconvertor


You can find uniconvertor .deb packages here: http://sk1project.org/modules.php?name=Products&product=uniconvertor&op=download

  • I have them installed, now I found them in the software center, do you really think reinstalling from the .deb will solve this issue? Jun 19, 2012 at 14:46

LibreOffice Draw, included with LibreOffice suite has the ability to open most CDR files flawlessly, just some specialized features may end needing manual fix after opening.

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