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 8.0 Adobe Illustrator saved AI files in a native Adobe Illustrator only format called PGF, but Adobe Illustrator 8.0 and later started saving AI files in EPS format with PDF compatibility option. AI files produced by Adobe Illustrator are in part binary and in part text format and could be problematic for viewing in text editor. You will need a specialized software to open it.

How to open AI file on Windows and Mac OS

  • 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 and Scribus
  • Inkscape is an open-source free vector graphics editor.
  • Scribus is an pen-source desktop publishing software.
  • You can also use ideaMK AI Viewer or sK1 which are also free

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 and modified in 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 online and export to many other formats that Adobe Illustrator supports including PDF, EPS, SVG. For more information about conversion please visit Convert AI to Other Formats page.

Open AI File on Windows OS

  • Try double clicking on a AI file in Windows File Explorer.
  • If the AI reading software is associated correctly then the file will open
  • If the file did not open you should install Adobe Illustrator software
  • To open AI file in Adobe Illustrator you need to launch it and then select File->Open... in the main menu
  • In the File Open dialog select AI file and click "Open"

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

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