AI File Extension

What is Ai file?


Ai logo

Ai file extension is associated with Adobe Illustrator, popular vector graphic editing program, by Adobe Systems Inc. Ai file is representing single-page vector-based drawings in EPS or PDF format. Early versions of Ai files are true EPS files, with restricted and complex syntax.

Ai file format originated from a native format called PGF - Progressive Graphic Format, showing a close resemblance to PDF. Compatibility with PDF format was achieved when entire copy of PGF data was embedded in PDF file. This dual path approach is used in latest versions of Adobe illustrator, when EPS compatible files are created and saved.

Why and where Ai is used?


Since Ai images are in vector format, they can be enlarged without losing quality of image. Ai file format instead of using bitmap image data, is composed of paths, connected by points. Some programs can open Ai files but may rasterize the image, which meaning that vector data will be converted to a bitmap format. While this may make file size smaller and more acceptable by multiple applications, some of the file quality may be lost during process.

Ai file format is mainly used for logos and print media.

How to open Ai file?


Programs that open Ai files:

Windows

Ai Viewer
Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe Acrobat DC
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
IMSI TurboCAD Pro
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
Inkscape

Mac

Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Adobe Acrobat DC
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe
Apple Preview
Inkscape
AI File Extension 2018-12-20
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