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How to open .ai files while preserving layers without Adobe software?

jandorn

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Original poster
Oct 16, 2017
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It's not worth it for me to rent Adobe Suite so I tried to manage somehow. I bought Pixelmator Pro, 50 mb, native app that serves me good, it supports .psd file format. Only bad thing is that It does not support .ai file format. I know that I can open .ai files with preview by converting them to PDF but then I lose all layers.

How to open .ai files while preserving layers without Adobe software? What app can help with that?

I’m thinking about buying an Affinity designer… Anyone have experience with it?
 

jandorn

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 16, 2017
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That have never occurred to me, LOL. I'm used to buy software once I decide to buy. I have never tried trial software before...

After installing a trial I have opened a .ai file that I had problems before and it works great, all layers were there!
 
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Herbert123

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Mar 19, 2009
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Just a quick word of warning: only Illustrator files that contain a PDF stream will open in Affinity Designer, PhotoLine, and other AI file compatible design apps.

Original AI files without a PDF stream will not.
 
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AppleSmack

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Jun 30, 2010
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That have never occurred to me, LOL. I'm used to buy software once I decide to buy. I have never tried trial software before...

After installing a trial I have opened a .ai file that I had problems before and it works great, all layers were there!
Haha, that happens to me too sometimes. Glad it worked out for you!
 
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