Reading .ai files (no pdf) without Illustrator

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ibilly, May 14, 2008.

  1. ibilly macrumors regular

    May 2, 2003
    Can anyone point me towards a program that can read adobe illustrator .ai files (which were not saved with a pdf version embedded)? I'm kindof 'up a creek' here with photoshop CS and preview both letting me down, as well as several searches on here and macupdate. Help?
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    In theory, photoshop should be able to open it, but only if it was created in a version of Illustrator current with, or prior to, your version of Photoshop.

    Your simplest solution may be to download the current Illustrator demo from Adobe - as I recall, it gives you a 15 day trial.

    Alternatively, VectorDesigner (shareware) will open (and allow modification of) .ai files.

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