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How do I downsave an Illustrator file from CS5 to CS4?

Apr 18, 2012 5:48 AM

I just bought Cs5 for home and I'm running off Cs4 at school, is there any way to export or save as a different extention so that I can open a Cs5 Illustrator file in Cs4?

 

Thanks,
Bri

 
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    May 10, 2010 3:22 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    Bri,

     

    You should be able to downsave it to CS4 when you Save (As) in CS5, CS4 being one of the options (along with CS3 etc). It will still be an .ai file which may be opened normally in CS5.

     
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    May 10, 2010 4:07 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    If you are working on Mac you can provide any custom extension while saving the file like save it with name "file.cs4" and then you can use that custom extension to differentiate between files saved in different versions.

     

    To achive same on Windows you have to specify the name of file with custom extension in double quotes to avoid addition of .ai extension at the end of file name.

     

    Only issue in this work around can be that you have to manually associate the files of this extension to get opened in the required version of the application once from properties of the file.

     
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    May 10, 2010 5:02 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    Not sure the previous post makes sense as it was already pointed out by Jacob since it is already an ai  file it will open in CS 4.

     

    You might lose some edit abilities as new features will not be available when you open the fie in CS 4 however the art will all be there.

     

    For instance you might not want to do this if you have used he perspective grid although with a little experimented it might still offer you some good usage of creating the work in CS 5 with this tool and importing the results into CS 4 but you will find some surprising results though they will not effect the appearance of the art it will effect they way you work with the art in CS 4.

     

    Also you can save it as a CS 4 from Illustrator CS 5 and I just checked it out I can definitely tell you it will be much better to save down to Cs 4 rather than to open the CS5 fie directly to Illustrator CS4.

     

    Much better but the grid will be loss.

     
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    May 10, 2010 11:55 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    You are looking for the option in the wrong place it is actually in the Illustrator options panel.

     

    Which shows up after you chose to save as to a location and you give it name to refresh your memory here is a screenshot

     

    Screen shot 2010-05-10 at 2.47.13 PM.png

     
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    May 10, 2010 12:23 PM   in reply to mereinsanity

    You're welcome not at all silly just one of those moments

     
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    May 12, 2010 10:10 AM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    HI

     

    I tried saving back from CS5 to CS4 and my stokes changed completely.

     

    Straight forward strokes.  Nothing complicated.

     

    ??

     

    I really need to figure this out as I have deadlines and little access to CS4

     

    any ideas?

     
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    May 12, 2010 10:22 AM   in reply to CHILLY + CONFUSED

    Can we see a screen shot of the document in CS4 and CS5.

     

    In what way do they change, I know when you say completely you are telling us something but really you are not telling us anything.

     

    You might also want to start a new thread like"Saving Back from CS 5 to CS 4 Changes My Strokes"

     

    Then actually explain what happens to the strokes.

     

    More users will come to your assistance this way.

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:03 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    Please help! I can't find the Illustrator Options panel anywhere. (I'm on a Mac.) Any ideas?

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:23 AM   in reply to hollygales

    The Illustrator Options dialog will come up when you click the Save button at the bottom right of the Save dialog after choosing .ai as the file type in the bottom center dropdown.

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:31 AM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    Larry, thank you so much for responding so quickly. BUT I'm still not seeing where you mean. (See attached screen shot.)

     

    Picture 37.png

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:33 AM   in reply to hollygales

    Click the Save button, bottom right. The Illustrator Options dialog should open.

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:42 AM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    DUH. Larry, you rock!!!

     
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    Sep 20, 2010 3:44 PM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    Thank You, Larry! Simple and useful thing, I needed to save to CS4 too, but couldn't find the options panel before

     
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    Oct 8, 2010 9:44 AM   in reply to Aristokrate

    SO HELPFUL! THANK YOU!!!

     
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    Jan 4, 2011 10:00 AM   in reply to mereinsanity

    I understand the steps needed to save to a legacy format just fine. I'm wondering though, is there a way to set your settings to save as CS4 by default? Since my machine is the only one in my studio running CS5, I have to go back and save down all of my files after if anyone needs to view them.


    As you can imagine, it becomes a bit of a problem. Anyone know of anything that you can do for this? Or am I just stuck with having to go through the extra step still?

     

    Josh

     
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    Feb 22, 2011 2:04 PM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    THANK YOU! Exactly what I needed to know!!!


     
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    Feb 22, 2011 2:19 PM   in reply to PearlBasehore

    You're welcome

     
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    Sep 8, 2012 8:19 PM   in reply to mereinsanity

    I am trying to downsave a file from Illustrator CS5 to a 10.0 .eps. Every time I do so and open the file in a word editing program to verify, it still shows up as "Creator: Adobe Illustrator(R) 15.1" instead of "Creator: Adobe Illustrator(R) 10.01" I AM selecting version 10.0 from the drop down menu in the window that pops up after clicking Save. I did this with different tests including new files with just one opaque circle inside.

     

    How can I get an Illustrator file to save as an .eps 10.0?

     
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    Sep 8, 2012 8:26 PM   in reply to Blaspheemer

    Why do you think the creator will change? It's saved to the correct version if you chose .eps in the first dialog and AI10 in the second. The larger question is why you are still using an EPS file when you should be saving and using a PDF.

     
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    Sep 9, 2012 4:26 PM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    All of the info in the file shown as code regarding the version is labeled as 15.1. I don't see it anywhere as the file saved as 10.0. I am submitting to iStockphoto.com and they rejected my submissions because they were not saved as 10.0... yet that is how I did save them. So now I'm thinking the version really isn't save as 10.0. I don't see it in the file as text... Also, I need to submit vector to them in the form of .eps. So they don't need a rasterized pdf.

     
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    Sep 9, 2012 11:42 PM   in reply to Larry G. Schneider

    Also, Larry the Cable guy, the creator version changes when saved as 8.0.

     
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    Sep 10, 2012 9:30 AM   in reply to Blaspheemer

    But AI 8 is a totallly different animal. But you are right, in that is seems as though AI will not list version 10 in the header. I tried several different ways and they all come out with AI11EPS as the type.

     

    Screen shot 2012-09-10 at 9.25.59 AM.png

     

    Looks like iStockphoto may have to come into the 21st century at some time.

     

    And I'm not Larry the Cable Guy.

     
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    Oct 11, 2012 5:03 AM   in reply to Wade_Zimmerman

    WADE,

     

    Thanks for this.

    However, where does one find the Illustrator Options Panel in CS5? Cannot locate!

    Please advise.

     

    Thanks,
    Brian

     
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