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Ai File Format Specification

Application Supported Adobe illustrator, Adobe Streamline, drawing and desktop publishing packages
Platforms Mac, windows, Linux
Developer Adobe
Numerical format ASCII
Multiple Images Per file Yes
Color Unlimited
Type Metafile

What do you understand by Ai file format?

Ai is a file format of Adobe Illustrator, which supports any and all features. If you are looking for the best vector file format to import into in design. The default AI format save all the data needed to edit and work with illustrator. It is a proprietary file format. This file format was originally a native format called PGF. Ai is a popular vector graphic editor and also support a multi-platform. The main advantage of Ai is no loss of image quality, when these files are enlarged. Ai file generally includes an imbedded PDF version of the image so other image editing or viewing programs can open the file and print.

Ai Format

List of file types that use .ai file Extension

Windows Mac Other applications
Adobe Illustrator CS5 Adobe Illustrator CS5 AIwin Project File
Adobe Flash CS5 Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Corel Trace Drawing
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Adobe Reader Advantage Database Server File
ACD Systems Canvas 11 Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Rise of Nations Game File
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe 17 IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v5 Mopac Internal Chemical Modeller Output File
CorelDraw Graphics Suite X5 Apple Preview Ai Archiver Archive File

Features of Adobe Adobe illustrator

  • It provides a huge range of tools that allow the designer to let his imagination go wild and his creativity to mold.
  • It provides some amazing edit tools that let the user have full control over text are transparent text effects, skewing, kerning, text wrap etc
  • The User can easily generate 3D effects.

Fix Ai file

Follow the below given step to fix Ai file:-

  • STEP 1: Firstly, Download and install the updated version of illustrator.
  • STEP 2: Now, Copy the file to your hard drive.
  • STEP 3: Then, place the damaged illustrator file in a new illustrator file.
  • STEP 4: Now, Copy the artwork from a damaged file into a new file.
  • STEP 5: Delete customs colors, brushes, symbols, styles or custom colors.
  • STEP 6: After troubleshooting, check for a damaged gradient, custom color and pattern.
  • STEP 7: Convert the file to PDF.
  • STEP 8: Print the Ai file to as a postscript file and recreate the file in illustrator.

Advantages of Ai format

  • AI has attractive tool for drawing and painting.
  • It provides great control over manipulation and its typography.
  • It provides some cool features of adobe photoshop like feathering, inner and outer glow.
  • It is mostly used by designer all over the world to create technical diagrams, cartoons, logos etc.

Disadvantages of Ai format

  • The biggest disadvantages of Ai image is time-consuming and also specific talent must be needed to create it.
  • It’s vector images are not as cost effective as raster images.
  • If we reduce the size too much, the lines may disappear.
  • This type of images drawn by editing software, artists etc, not be taken by photographs.

How to open Ai (Adobe illustrator) file?

  • STEP1: Select the Ai file, Right click on the Ai.
  • STEP2: Now, choose “Open with” option & select default program.
  • STEP3: If default program option not available, then choose Adobe Illustrator or Corel draw that open Ai file.
  • STEP4: Click Ok.


In this article describe the concept of Ai format and also tell us about its advantage, disadvantages of Ai file and ways to fix Ai file. Ai is a popular vector graphic editor and also support a multi-platform.