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I'm trying to open an ai file sent to us. I get:

Can't open the illustration. The illustration contains an incomplete or garbled object description.

Offending operator: "systemdict"
Context:
%%Version: 2.0.0
%%Copyright: Copyright (C) 1997-1999 Adobe Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved
systemdict

I need to call the client to correct the error, but would like to be specific.
Is it an OS issue (perhaps the file was saved on a MAC?)
Is it a version issue (I use 8.0) would a higher saved version cause this?

Any help would be appreciated...

Thanks,
Sean
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by:j3one
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Sounds like a security issue or copyright protection thing. have them send it to you in annother format like eps. I will look int the whole systemdict thing...
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by:seanpowell
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Well, that's interesting :-)

I received the files originally in eps, which opened fine, but they were non-editable. I could select the entire image, but not the individual font elements and logo. So that's why I've asked them for the ai version.

Should eps versions be editable the same way that a .ai is?
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 -> Nope, an eps contains a single image, in other words, you cannot break the image apart and work with it like an .ai file.

I didn't know you needed acssess to the individual ellements... also I found this.
-> http://www.tek-tips.com/gviewthread.cfm/pid/226/qid/812526  - seems like you are not alone...
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by:seanpowell
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Hmmm - it's all over the place.

I definitely need the .ai file, as we need to modify the background color...
Do you work on a PC - is it possible to send you the file to see if you have the same issue?
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by:shamstar
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Ive heard some talk of a fix relating to a problem like that.  From what I remember, you have to open up a new blank document first.  The do File-Open and select the document you are having problems with.  With the document selected (that means only clicking on it once and not opening it) press Ctrl+C to copy the file.  Press cancle the Open File dialog and then press Ctrl+V on the keyboard.
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Well, no luck with that...

I've asked the designer to save it in 8.0 - we'll see what happens :-)
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Oh well... also make sure when they send the file they dont just send the file on its own, but rather compress it or something (ideally zip or something like that which you can read on the PC and something they can compress to).
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That version (sent as 8.0) worked perfectly. It apparently contained a linked file which may also have been part of the problem :-)
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Hopefully the split is okay - both good points and helpful.

Thanks so much. :-)
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hey thanks for that... good luck with the work :-)
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