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Using Adobe Illustrator ™ Files with Other Applications Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128777D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19
Document File: 7 page(s) / 88K

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Tech Note #4010 (4/22/94)Adobe Illustrator ™ - Macintosh ®

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Using Adobe Illustrator TM Files with Other Applications

Tech Note #4010 (4/22/94)Adobe Illustrator TM - Macintosh ®

Before saving Adobe Illustrator documents for use in other applications, you should be familiar with the differences between the various Preview and Compatibility options. You can choose from seven formats, as described in the following sections, when you save a document in Adobe Illustrator 5.5.

To select preview and compatibility options:

1 Choose Save or Save As from the File menu.

2 Choose a format from the Format pop-up menu, as described in the following sections, "Illustrator- Compatible Formats," "Acrobat PDF Format," and "EPS Format."

3 Click Save. If you chose the EPS format, you also specify additional options in the EPS Format dialog box. These options are described in "EPS Format" later in this technical note.


There are five Adobe Illustrator "native" formats that is, formats compatible with the given software version. The compatible formats include Illustrator 5, the default; Illustrator 4 (Windows), compatible with Adobe Illustrator 4 for Windows; Illustrator 3, compatible with Adobe Illustrator 3; Illustrator 88, compatible with Adobe Illustrator 88; and Illustrator 1.1, compatible with Adobe Illustrator 1.1. In Adobe Illustrator version 4.0 (Windows) and earlier, the Illustrator file format is equivalent to "None Omit EPSF Header."

The Illustrator-compatible formats create the smallest file of any of the formats. An Illustrator- format file can be reopened only in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop TM , and is not saved as an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file.

You should use an Illustrator-compatible format other than the default (Illustrator 5) when -- transferring Adobe Illustrator files between platforms, such as between Macintosh, Windows , and UNIX ® .

-- sending a file to someone who doesn t own the most recent release of the software or who has an application that accepts only one of the earlier formats. (For example, Aldus Freehand
4.0 can open and edit up to Adobe Illustrator 3 format.)

Do not use these options when placing a file in another application or when separating a color file using the Adobe Separator TM application.

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Using Adobe Illustrator TM Files with Other Applications

When saving an Adobe Illustrator 5 file using an earlier Illustrator-compatible format, keep in mind that -- Gradient fills will be converted to masked step blends as if they had been created in Adobe Illustrator 3.x. -- Layers will be removed -- Some text features will be lost when saving in Illustrator 88 format or earlier -- Custom colors will be converted to process...