Old Illustrator 6 Files - how to open, work on, print?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by oolala, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. oolala macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2011
    I have tons of old files created in Illustrator 6. How do I open them and work on some of them? There are a few files I’d like to print. Some I’d just like to view again. My current system is Mac 10.13.3, OS High Sierra. If I load a copy of Illus 6 onto this Mac, how can I make it work? I cannot afford to buy a newer version of Illustrator. I’d also like to avoid the hassle, expense and time of having to buy and set up an older computer - which I really don't have room for anyway. Any suggestions? Please keep answers simple. Thanks, I appreciate it. Really stuck here... What are my options?
  2. MechaSpanky macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    You can't run Illustrator 6 on Intel Macs, Illustrator 6 was made for System 7 (or before). You can't buy a new version of Illustrator. Adobe only sells subscription plans. You could subscribe to Illustrator from Adobe for a month and then open all of your files and then save them as PDF files and then cancel your subscription and either use Affinity Designer to manipulate them or use Inkscape. Other than that, you're going to have to pay a monthly fee to Adobe. Affinity Designer can open Illustrator files but they need to be at least from version 8 onwards (they have to have a PDF stream in them and version 6 doesn't). Oh, and Affinity Designer is $50, and not a subscription.
  3. biffuz macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Use Basilisk II to emulate an old Mac and install Illustrator on it! Then you can just use it or convert your files to some newer format (that may require multiple steps).

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