Ai file converstion to TIF

DarinOBrien
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I need to convert an Adobe Illustrator (AI) file to TIF and maintain high quality for printing.  

I tried AiViewer.com but when I saved as TIF the quality was terrible.

Can someone recommend an application that will work?  I prefer free but will pay for it if necessary.  

Thanks,
darin
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Here's another free converter,
http://www.reasoft.com/rea-ai-change.shtml

I haven't tried this converter, but for the price (free) it's worth a shot.
I would try out irfanview. It supports almost all image formats and allows conversion between them. It supports AI assuming you have ghostscript installed.

http://www.irfanview.com/main_formats.htm
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi Darin,
I'm guessing you did a Google search for "convert adobe illustrator to tif" and found the items below, but in case you didn't:

http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-tiff

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-convert-PDF--PS--EPS-and-AI-files-to-a-Tiff-file-using-a-quick-simple-File-conversion-Program

http://www.reasoft.com/rea-ai-change.shtml

http://www.peernet.com/tiff/tiff-image-printer-how-to/convert-to-tiff.html

Also, ImageMagick, an excellent freebie that has been around for a long time, can do it:
http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php

Here's a thread that discusses it:
http://www.imagemagick.org/discourse-server/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20162

One last idea is another TIFF image printer (similar to the one above from PEERNET):
http://code-industry.net/imageprinter.php

The TIFF print drivers allow you to "print" from any Windows app and create a TIFF. I don't know if any of them will meet your objective to maintain high quality, but it's worth experimenting. Regards, Joe

P.S. As I was about to post this, I saw the suggestion for IrfanView. It is one of my all-time favorites, and my go-to product for many imaging tasks, so I actually tried that first with a sample AI doc, and it didn't work:
IrfanView cannot load AII do have GhostScript installed and also have the latest PlugIns along with the latest IrfanView. According to the link that xxdcmast posted it should work, but it doesn't...at least, not here. But if you want to give it a spin, go to:
http://www.irfanview.com/

Click the Download link on the left to download IrfanView and click the PlugIns link on the left to download the PlugIns, which are needed to give you PDF (and, supposedly, AI) capability. Install IrfanView first, then install the PlugIns.
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I really like Irfanview and tried that prior to posting (sorry I didn't mention that).  It actually converted to TIF but the quality was very bad.  There's a number of options you can set prior to conversion but none seemed to work any better than the others.

I tried the ImageMagick but got hung up on the download/installation.  I tried downloading and installing a number of files but couldn't seem to get the .exe.  This might ultimately be the best solution but maybe for more advanced users (or at least not an idiot like me).

ReConverter was easy to use and did an adquate job.  I wouldn't say it was great but good enough for what I needed.

Thanks to everyone who contributed.

darin
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Darin,

> I tried the ImageMagick but got hung up on the download/installation.

Hmmm, here's a better link to all of the Windows binaries:
http://www.imagemagick.org/script/binary-releases.php#windows

A couple of months ago I downloaded and installed [ImageMagick-6.8.5-3-Q16-x64-dll.exe] on W7/64-bit with no problems. I see that the release is up to 6.8.6.3 now. Give that download a spin and let me know what happens. Regards, Joe

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Hi Joe,

I think ImageMagick is installed but I don't really understand the command prompt stuff.  The link you provided says to try "convert logo: logo GIF" from the command prompt.  When I do that, I just get an error that says file not found.

Can you give me the exact syntax on how to convert the ai to tif from the command prompt?

thanks,
darin
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Darin,
The simple version of the syntax is:

convert inputfile outputfile

With fully-qualified filenames (in the default install location), it looks something like this:

c:\Program Files\ImageMagick-6.8.6-Q16\convert c:\temp\inputfile.ai c:\temp\outputfile.tif

After upgrading from 6.8.5 to 6.8.6, I tested the above line here on the attached sample AI file and it worked perfectly. Note: EE does not allow uploading a file type of AI, so I called it [sample-ai.txt], but it is not a TXT file...it is an AI file...so after downloading it, rename it to [sample.ai].

I also ran [convert /?] and redirected the output into the attached text Help file...this contains the complete syntax of the command. Regards, Joe
sample-ai.txt
ImageMagick-6.8.6-Q16-Help.txt

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