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Is there a way to save an Inkscape drawing so the layer information will not be removed? When I save the drawing as plain SVG and try to open it again in Inkscape, all layers are gone.

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SVGs don't really support layers. One of the differences between an Inkscape SVG and a plain SVG while saving is that an Inkscape SVG can include some group level tags specific to Inkscape to tell Inkscape to treat that group as a layer. – Ananda Mahto Dec 21 '12 at 16:21
Thanks for your answers. PDF does also not support Layers. So there is no way to convert Inkscape SVG to Coreldraw ? – user1344545 Dec 21 '12 at 18:12
A quick Google search turned up this script that lets you export individual SVG layers as PDF files. Sort of a hassle, but might be a temporary workaround if you need something urgently. Other recommendations (not tested) include grouping the objects in each layer, moving them all the one layer (but still grouped), and exporting as a plain SVG. Haven't had a chance to test either of these, hence I'm adding this as a comment instead of an answer. Will try to find some time later to test them out. – Ananda Mahto Dec 22 '12 at 16:01
@AnandaMahto I came across this question, and it's a shame it doesn't have an answer (especially since you have found a workaround!). Would you mind posting it as an answer? That way people can identify it easier, and also upvote it. – Yisela Jul 22 '13 at 3:06
FWIW, The PDF format does support layers. A possible work-around for this would be to select the contents of each layer in Inkscape and group it before saving, then in CorelDraw, create a new layer for each group and then ungroup it. – WillAdams May 16 '14 at 12:59

Actually DXF-format preserves layer-information. Although many other information is lost throught this way (f.e. fillcolors), and paths might have to be reconnected.

So the answer to this question (preserving layer-information) would be, to save and open as DXF, although it's not very satifying (other information is lost).

(Unfortunately I do not have enough Rep to comment on questions, otherwise I would have done that, instead of writing an answer)

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