I am trying to check for linked files in a .ai file that I am opening in CorelDraw. From what I can tell is always strips them out. Is this always the case? I tried both import and open and neither seems to handle it properly. I am running CorelDraw X8.
As far as I'm aware, the CorelDraw format, .cdr, is not a universal format.
Adobe apps kind of require either a universal format (eps, pdf, tiff) or an Adobe file format for links.
Adobe doesn't bother trying to support proprietary formats for file links other than their own proprietary formats.