A CDR file is a vector drawing image file that is natively created with CorelDRAW for storing digital images encoded and compressed. Such a drawing file contains text, lines, shapes, images, colors, and effects for vector representation of image contents. It can be used for the representation of various graphics data like brochures, tabloids, envelopes, and postcards. Besides CorelDRAW, other Corel products such as Corel Paintshop Pro and CorelDRAW Graphics suite can also open the CDR file formats.
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a type of document created by Adobe back in 1990s. The purpose of this file format was to introduce a standard for representation of documents and other reference material in a format that is independent of application software, hardware as well as Operating System. PDF files can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader/Writer as well in most modern browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox via extensions/plug-ins.
You can also convert CDR into many other file formats. Please see the complete list below.