Reading exported .ai files in vector editors other than Illustrator

I think we should insist that the old AI format be brought up to date. I export / import between the 2 regularly.

I already started a WISH here ,

This would maybe be a good idea as well, but update AI format first.

Maybe the update AI format request should be in Meta ?


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not sure which software to use to get an emf? this seems pc only.

what about Meta? you mean this thread or there is one in Meta?
i read something recently not sure where.

Hm - I don’t use Rhino on a mac so I don’t know.
Rhino on PC offers EMF export.
If you need another software to translate, it makes no sense.



Here is what we get for export options on a Mac.

I suppose they assume that Mac users don’t need Enhanced MetaFile format, which is essentially true.



I rephrased my question, it is about asking for an updated export to AI format.

emf seems to be a microsoft thing.

yup… not very smooth :slight_smile:
but this has been discussed for a long time now
it has just not been taken too serious.

I see in rhinorudis list above the EPS format (I don’t seem to have that in Rhino 5 on Windows) is that basically the same as the old AI or does Affinity Designer maybe read it? Did anybody try that on OSX?

And yes, EMF is the Enhanced Metafile Format which superseded WMF, Windows Metafile Format IIRC.
Not widely used on Windows either :wink:



it the same in piece resting ancient post script as for the ai… not useful :smiley: unfortunately :sob:

I believe so, And I am not sure what Affinty Designer reads, since i don’t use it. Work does the Adobe thing for me here & home.

it reads every pdf and current ai files, its very effective otherwise.

Ah, too bad about the EPS.
I was a bit surprised about the lack of deeper import options in Affinity myself and raised it during their Windows beta phase - funny enough they support Freehand 10 and 11 - but they didn’t plan to support the old AI format, it also seems that newer Adobe SDKs no longer offer that option either so they would have to find some old SDK version that still contains it…



I was surprised by that when I looked at it a few weeks ago. I thought it was a Mac only. Glad it went cross platform. For the price you can’t beat it. That is why Sketch became so big as an AI alternative in the web graphics world.


i would believe there are even some people still working on it, but most certainly the old ai format is not needed usually. its just that here in rhino we are stuck with it, it seems the only exception to the ever increasing format development.

I use Rhino’s WMF all the time to get 2D vector drawings and graphs into PowerPoint and Word…

Hehehe - ok. I don’t think I used it for the last 15 years of graphics work - but I don’t use PP or Word either.



Well, most 3D software I use can only open the old AI/EPS actually (for instance Lightwave 3D) so I often need to export to Illustrator 8…

But yeah, updating to a current AI format and including a proper SVG export makes definitely sense.



for 3d yes, also c4d for example, but most modern layout graphic apps cant do much with the old file.

Same problem here. I use Affinity and am unable to import Rhino’s ai. I got rid of Illustrator a couple of years ago. Good riddance.
The PDFs produced via print on the Mac are pixelized. Useless…
I need to feed a CNC cutter. How can I do that out of Rhino? If unable, I may try another 3D application. I’m only in my Rhino trial. I like it, but without CNC cutting, it’s no use to me.

i have a lot of components CNC machined from my Rhino drawings, I find exporting to DXF or DWG suits me, I out source this work and the guys who do the machining have never had a problem with my files in their CAM software

You have to enter layout mode and print the page.

Be sure to set vector as the output variant.