Opening Adobe Illustrator ™ 3.0 Files with Compound Paths Turned into Guides
Original Publication Date: 1993-Dec-08
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Tech Note #4008 (12/8/93)Adobe Illustrator ™ - Macintosh ®
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Opening Adobe Illustrator TM 3.0 Files with Compound Paths Turned into Guides
Tech Note #4008 (12/8/93)Adobe Illustrator TM - Macintosh ®
The Adobe Illustrator TM 3.0 ReadMe file states
"Do not save files that contain compound paths (including type that has been converted to outlines) that have been converted to guides."
In other words, if you select a compound path and choose Make Guide from the Arrange menu,
once you save and close the document, you will not be able to reopen it. Type objects that have
been converted to outlines using Create Outlines in the Type menu are defined as compound
paths and so should not be made into guides. This problem has been addressed in versions
3.0.1 and later of Adobe Illustrator, but these later versions will not be able to open files created in version 3.0 that contain compound path guides.
An error message such as this will appear when you attempt to reopen the file: Error Context: 161.2474 508.4369L 161.2474 550.2205I (f) * *U This will be followed by the message,"Can t open illustration. All objects in a compound path must be paths."
To fix the file so it will reopen in Adobe Illustrator, write down the lines of code you get when you try to open the file. They are telling you where the error occurs in the Adobe Illustrator code.
Next, make a copy of the file to work on. Open the copy in a word-processing program such as Microsoft ® Word ® or MacWrite ® . If the file is not recognized by the word- processing program, or if it opens as a graphic, refer to the program s user guide for instructions on how to open foreign file formats as ASCII text. The file should open to display the PostScript TM code that describes your artwork.
Search for "(f) *"
Note: If the text is stroked but not filled, you will search for "(s) *." If the text is stroked a...