Open AI File

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AI Frequently Asked Questions

What is 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.

How can I view AI file?

AI files could be opened in Adobe Illustrator, Mac OS Preview, CorelDRAW, InkScape, Sketch, Affinity Designer, Gravit Designer, Adobe Photoshop (rasterized).

How AI and PDF are related?

Both AI and PDF are vector graphics file formats. AI and PDF use different file formats to store information. But AI can save PDF version of the content inside the AI file if "PDF Compatibility" option is enabled.

Are AI files binary?

Yes and no. Part of AI files is textual since it may contain PDF and EPS document instructions. But parts of it will be binary since many data streams in PDF and EPS are binary.

Can I view AI file without any application installed?

Yes, on Mac OS you can use Preview app to view AI files. Preview app is pre-installed on every Mac OS device.