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opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:15 am

is there a trick to do this? i cant seem to open them. they are files from an older collection of vector graphics (simple vector graphics) for vehicle decals and graphics kits. so these arent big files with complex layers or effects they are just plain ol line art. any suggestions would be great. thanks

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:36 am

It took a little while, but I opened a Youtube .eps file without issue.
http://www.youtube.com/yt/brand/media/i ... go-web.eps

I'm running Inkscape 0.48.4 r9939.

Which version Inkscape are you running?
Have a nice day.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:43 am

Have a nice day.

I'm using Inkscape 0.92.2 (5c3e80d, 2017-08-06), 64 bit win8.1

The Inkscape manual has lots of helpful info! http://tavmjong.free.fr/INKSCAPE/MANUAL/html/

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Lazur » Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:55 am

New ai files are equal to pdf so you may try to rename the ai files to pdf.
Eps files need ghostscript to be installed, there are some threads here on the forum about problems with it's work if I remember it right.

If nothing works but you want to open only a few older files, you may use the trial version of illustrator.
If you want to work with many of them, maybe you better get xara (?):
http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14114

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:37 am

i have illustrator but im trying to use inkscape more because i dont want to bootleg illustrator because i need design programs on more that 1 computer and dont want to pay for lisencing on the second one. i run a small design business and dont want to risk it. so i want to use inkscape and get more comfortable with it and maybe even completely phase out illustrator except for 1 computer but i need to be open customers files without issues. thanks peeps

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:40 am

tylerdurden wrote:It took a little while, but I opened a Youtube .eps file without issue.
http://www.youtube.com/yt/brand/media/i ... go-web.eps

I'm running Inkscape 0.48.4 r9939.

Which version Inkscape are you running?



just tried to open it and gave me an error. im running the newest version, i just downloaded it on this new computer.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Lazur » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:46 am

A-ha!
If you have one that can open them, you can resave the files to svg-s with it, that can be opened in inkscape hopefully without any problem.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:23 am

ok heres what i did: i opened it in my flexisign program and exported it as a pdf and that allowed me to open it in vector form but... when i opened it i viewed it in outline mode and weirdly it cut it into peices? perfectly straight lines... so i had to weld the solid shapes together... idk ill keep trying different methods. thanks for the help. ill keep posting my findings here. cheers

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:19 am

Can you upload an .eps file for others to test?.. Maybe there is something about those particular files.
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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:56 am

i cant attach an eps. how do i get it in the post?

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:43 pm

You can use a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Drive for files that are disallowed for attachment to a post. Then you can put a link to the file location in the post.
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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Lazur » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:29 pm

Or try to zip the eps before and attach the zipped file here.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:02 am

sorry it took so long to respond.

the rar worked. thanks :D

the eps inside is simple line art with no effects or gradients at all.

thanks
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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Lazur » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:47 am

I haven't find a working way yet but it all comes down you will need to install
ghostscript, pstoedit, imagemagick.
I could install gsview and imagemagick display which both displays that eps,
and was able to create a raster copy from it with cutepdf.
Somehow the dll-s have to be right between imagemagick and pstoedit, then if you can run pstoedit you may have a chance to save in another format that works in inkscape.

-on win8 64bit

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:09 pm

The extracted file opened ok in Inkscape for me, so it may simply be the ghostscript or other handler.

I did need reset the page size, tho.
AntFarm-TD.svg
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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:52 pm

i really hate to sound dumb but what is ghostscript and do i have to change any coding to get it to work? i want to keep learning though and eventually become fully open source designer at some point. thanks

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:32 pm

Ghostscript is a bit of open interpreting software for handling postscript and pdf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostscript

It is free to download and install, but the path variables on the host computer will need to be modified to hook with Inkscape.
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/pub ... 81749.aspx

I run WinXP and got GS installed without messing in the path variables, by installing PDFill free tools (handy pdf manipulation/watermarking/encryption tools).
http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html

Win7_64 may require some fiddling? viewtopic.php?f=20&t=13779
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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby heathenx » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:04 pm

Drop the .eps file into Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus) and export as .svg.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:43 pm

thanks for all the help guys


heathenx wrote:Drop the .eps file into Scribus (http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus) and export as .svg.



this worked out well


still i dont understand why inkscape cant just simply open the eps or ai file. any one know

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby tylerdurden » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:41 pm

If you're on Windows, this may help:

"How to Open EPS Files in Inkscape"
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/pub ... 81749.aspx
Have a nice day.

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:29 am

tylerdurden wrote:If you're on Windows, this may help:

"How to Open EPS Files in Inkscape"
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/pub ... 81749.aspx



WOW IT WORKED!!! thanks so much! now is there a little trick to get inkscape to open ai files :lol:

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby ragstian » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:09 am

Hi
now is there a little trick to get inkscape to open ai files :lol:

Sure is! With an ai file it's even easier!
The ai file is already in PDF format! Just change the file's extension from ai to pdf and open as a "normal" pdf file.
See here as well; viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13610#p52671

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:35 am

weirdly changing the extension to a pdf doesnt work but changing it to an eps did :?:

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Lazur » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:44 am

Lazur URH wrote:New ai files are equal to pdf so you may try to rename the ai files to pdf.
Eps files need ghostscript to be installed, there are some threads here on the forum about problems with it's work if I remember it right.

If nothing works but you want to open only a few older files, you may use the trial version of illustrator.
If you want to work with many of them, maybe you better get xara (?):

http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14114


edit: I can't seem to find if it really has to do with the version of illustrator, or just the saving option of the current one.
But found this interesting comparision between .ai and .pdf:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/322760

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Re: opening .ai and illustrator eps format files

Postby Kid riddlin » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:41 pm

Lazur URH wrote:
Lazur URH wrote:New ai files are equal to pdf so you may try to rename the ai files to pdf.
Eps files need ghostscript to be installed, there are some threads here on the forum about problems with it's work if I remember it right.

If nothing works but you want to open only a few older files, you may use the trial version of illustrator.
If you want to work with many of them, maybe you better get xara (?):

http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14114


edit: I can't seem to find if it really has to do with the version of illustrator, or just the saving option of the current one.
But found this interesting comparision between .ai and .pdf:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/322760



some good info. alot of its over my head though lol. today changing the path or whatever for gs to work was the first time i have ever done anything like that. it kinda scared me to even try :lol: it worked out so thats good


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