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Although some of the time remaining an illustrator file to .PDF will allow me to open it, other times the trick doesn't work.

Is there a free program available that will let me open Adobe illustrator files?  I only need to view the files and spending the exorbitant amount of money for illustrator seems unnecessary.

I have tried Irfanview without luck.

Would you know of a good program to do this?

Thank you,

John
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by:Dan Craciun
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Inkscape can import ai files.
Not always, but most of the files I tried worked.

HTH,
Dan
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by:JohnMan777
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Thank you for the suggestion, but Inkscape won't open these. It says "Failed to load the requested file" and quits.

Are there any other programs that may open these files?
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by:Paul Sauvé
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The GIMP (also free) can open .ai files as well. When you select File -> Open, be sure to select All Files rather than Image Files
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by:jmpg_70
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Hi if you use GIMp (raster based) remember to close the viewed files without saving them. Otherwise you will raster the ai files (vector) and break them.

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by:JohnMan777
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Paulsauve and jmg_70,

The error comes up "could not interpret Postscript file".  This file opens perfectly in my friends copy of Illustrator.

I do appreciate this help, but I'm beginning to believe Adobe has locked up their format for their use only.

One expert told me about having the creator of the original file save with a "PDF" option enabled?  Does this make sense?

Thank you,

John
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by:Paul Sauvé
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Would it be possible to post the image, please?
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Dan Craciun earned 500 total points
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You can ask the creator to export the illustrator file as eps.
That's an universal format that most viewers can see.

HTH,
Dan
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by:JohnMan777
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paulsauve,

I can not upload it as this is a propriety image for my company.

Dan,

I'm giving credit here because this is a work around that is getting it done.

However, the bottom line is I've found no program that will open a native Illustrator file other than Illustrator.

Thank you all,

John
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by:Dan Craciun
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CorelDraw can, but that's expensive, so I did not mention it. It's about the same price as Illustrator, I think.
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