Open AI File

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Open AI File

AI file extension is used by files produced by Adobe Illustrator. AI is a vector image format which means it stores graphics information as a set of geometrical figures with their coordinates, sizes and transformations.

Prior to version 9.0 Adobe Illustrator saved AI files in a native format based on PGF, but Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and later saves AI files in PDF compatible format. AI files produced by Adobe Illustrator are in binary format and cannot be viewed in a text editor. You will need a specialized software to open it.

There are many applications which can open AI files. Popular vector image editing software packages like Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Inkscape can open AI files for editing. Certain raster image editing tools like Adobe Photoshop are also able to import AI files.

Free software packages which are able to open AI files are:

  • Inkscape
  • Scribus
  • ideaMK AI Viewer
  • sK1

It is also possible that AI file that you have was produced by Battlefield 2 game. This game uses AI files to store game artificial intelligence settings. In this case AI file is a plain text file which can be viewed by any text editor.

If you don't have Adobe Illustrator, then AI files could be converted to other formats online using ZamZar conversion tool. Or if you have Adobe Illustrator you can open AI files and export to many other formats that Adobe Illustrator supports including PDF, EPS, SVG.

AI files are transferred over e-mail or internet using application/postscript multipurpose internet mail extensions (MIME) type.

Similar file extensions:

  • EPS – Encapsulated Postscript vector graphics file
  • SVG – Scalable Vector Graphics file format
  • PDF – Portable Document Format
  • CDR – CorelDRAW vector graphics file
  • VSD – Visio file format

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If you are not able to open file with certain file extension make sure to check if extension for the file is correct. It is possible that information in the file doesn't match file extension.

File Extension Info

File Extension Info
Adobe Illustrator Graphics
AI File Opens With
Adobe Illustrator
AI Viewer