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AI File Format Specification

Mar 11, 2012 7:30 AM

Is there such a thing? I can find the same old one in several places but nothing up to date…? I have one for Photoshop but not AI. I script AI but would like to parse some info out of the file itself for a Bridge script…

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    May 13, 2012 11:04 PM   in reply to Muppet Mark

    Hi Mark,


    I think the only document you can get is AI7FileFormat.pdf. From version 9.0 .AI file format has being keep secret by Adobe.

    With CS6 you will be able to dump a readable PGF file first(I mean by script), and then try to deal with it.


    BTW, what info you want to parse from ai document?

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    Jul 9, 2012 9:00 PM   in reply to Muppet Mark

    Yes, the dumped readable PGF file is follow AI7FileFormat Specification, so not easy but possible with CS6 through javascript.  Before CS6 the AI file should save with "Use Compression" option unchecked in order to be readable.


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