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    Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Hi, I'm having problems opening Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) in Inkscape. I can save them perfecty fine, but for some reason, Inkscape says that it "failed to open" the file. I tried Xara Xtreme and it said that I needed to install imagemagick. I installed imagemagick from the source and now Xara will still not open them and when Inkscape attempts to, it hogs up all my memory so that I have to restart my computer. I get the same result when trying to open the very same ai files saved by Inkscape. Do I need some external libraries or something?

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    There's a few extra things you need to install for inkscape to open AI files correctly.

    open synaptic and search for inkscape, right click on "inkscape" and look at Mark Suggested for Installation.

    Install, psotedit (which turns postscript to editable format), libwmf-bin, sketch (if you're using dapper) or skencil (if you're using edgy), perlmagic and imagemagic.

    Works for me.

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Quote Originally Posted by deanjm1963 View Post
    Install, psotedit (which turns postscript to editable format), libwmf-bin, sketch (if you're using dapper) or skencil (if you're using edgy), perlmagic and imagemagic.
    I think you meant to say pstoedit, perlmagick and imagemagick, in any case it didn't work for me, but I found this app that got me further:

    http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Tools#ai2svg.py

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Perhaps related. The Inkscape I installed today does not want to read EPS (encapsulated postscript) files. And when I looked at Mark Suggested for installation in Synaptic, it didn't give me options to install things like pstoedit, just perl and python.

    I would have thought a vector graphics drawing program would LOVE to import EPS files. Any suggestions?

    Rico Silbar

    Update: 6/8/10. This problem seems to no longer be there in Inkscape 0.47pre4 r22446, built Oct 14 2009. It opens EPS files just fine.
    Last edited by silbar; June 9th, 2010 at 01:35 AM.

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Quote Originally Posted by silbar View Post
    Perhaps related. The Inkscape I installed today does not want to read EPS (encapsulated postscript) files. And when I looked at Mark Suggested for installation in Synaptic, it didn't give me options to install things like pstoedit, just perl and python.

    I would have thought a vector graphics drawing program would LOVE to import EPS files. Any suggestions?

    **** Silbar
    I followed the earlier suggestion to use Synaptic and all the options that dont show up on your PC show on mine. Perhaps you're not using the new and updated version of Ubuntu, that is, 7.10?

    Just a suggestion,

    ./cheaziz

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Quote Originally Posted by oroboro View Post
    Hi, I'm having problems opening Adobe Illustrator files (.ai) in Inkscape.
    There are PostScript based AI files and PDF based AI files (since 9.0). For the latter you want Inkscape 0.46 (pre0 version is available). Go to www.inkscape.org for details
    Last edited by prokoudine; January 28th, 2008 at 04:20 PM. Reason: typo fixing

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Maybe this help - Uniconverter:

    Import filters
    :
    - CorelDraw ver.7-X3 (CDR/CDT/CCX/CDRX/CMX)
    - Adobe Illustrator up to 9 ver. (AI postscript based)
    - Postscript (PS)
    - Encapsulated Postscript (EPS)
    - Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM)
    - Windows Metafile (WMF)
    - XFIG
    - Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
    - Skencil/Sketch/sK1 (SK and SK1)
    - Acorn Draw (AFF)

    Export filters:
    - AI (Postscript based Adobe Illustrator 5.0 format)
    - SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
    - SK (Sketch/Skencil format)
    - SK1 (sK1 format)
    - CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile)
    - WMF (Windows Metafile)

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    Hi!

    I would be gratefully if you can help me with the installation of the uniconvertor on my inkscape.

    I'm on a ubuntu 8.04 - 64 bits.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    I am also using Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit version, and cannot install SK1 or Uniconverter, as they are only i386 versions.

    Are there any other programs that can convert an Adobe Illustrator 8.0 file to a format usable by Inkscape? I have an old .ai file that I created many years ago in Illustrator 8, and now need to edit it in Linux.
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    Re: Open AI files in Inkscape?

    The developers are also not sure if they will make a 64bit package. They suggest that our community does it. It would be great if any good person can make a deb for the rest of us

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