?
Solved

Covert AI to DXF or DWG

Posted on 2003-12-03
6
Medium Priority
?
8,157 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have an AI file that I created from paths using Photoshop 7.  I need to convert it to DXF or DWG.  I own Photoshop and Autocad, but not Adobe Illustrator.  Does anyone know of a freeware or shareware program that I can accomplish this with.  Next option, a very cheap program that does this.  Im also willing to email this file, if someone wishes to perform this conversion.

Thanks,

Bill
0
Comment
Question by:BillPowell
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:weed
ID: 9871917
Well, in theory you should be able to open the AI with Acrobat since AI files are PDF based. Therefore, any app that would deal with PDF files would handle it. Now, as for something that would convert it to DWG/DXF that's another matter. Versiontracker.com would be a good start.
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:BillPowell
ID: 9872217
Hey Weed.  I need the final product to be dwg or dxf.  I dont have AI installed.  Does it have the ability to save or export to DXF.  If so, I can just use a demo version to do this.  If it doesnt do this natively, I think there may be a plugin on the site you mentioned.  Funny, I can export to AI from both AutoCAD and Photoshop, and Im sure AI can import a dxf, so why is this transformation so difficult.
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:weed
ID: 9874744
It's difficult because you dont have Illustrator. I dont think the demo is gonna cut it. Again, you might be able to import the AI format into anything that deals with PDFs and export to DXF from there.
0
Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:BillPowell
ID: 9874831
Why wont the demo cut it.  Its the full version except it stops working after 30 days.  Weed, I know you have illustrator.  Getting back to the previous question, does AI have the ability to save or export to DXF without a plugin.
0
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
weed earned 600 total points
ID: 9875023
Unless theyve changed their demo abilities it wont save. Illustrator 11 exports to DWG and DXF. Im pretty sure 10 does too.
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:BillPowell
ID: 9896835
Your right weed.  The demo wont do it.  The full version will.  I had the person who made the file export it for me and after a couple of tries, we had success.

Just for the record, in addition to using Adobe Illustrator for this,  Microsoft Visio can also do the same thing, which kind of surprised me.

Im going to give you the points weed, because you took the time to work with me on this.

Thanks,

Bill
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article outlines the struggles that Macs encounter in Windows-dominated workplace environments – and what Mac users can do to improve their network connectivity and remain productive.
The Summer 2017 Scholarship Winners have been announced!
In this tutorial viewers will learn how to select a color range in Photoshop and how to easily apply them to multiple projects. Open an image for editing in Photoshop: Open the select Color Range Selection tool by going to Select > Color Range: Sele…
I designed this idea while studying technology in the classroom.  This is a semester long project.  Students are asked to take photographs on a specific topic which they find meaningful, it can be a place or situation such as travel or homelessness.…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month10 days, 12 hours left to enroll

764 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question