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This is expected behavior. Gaussian blur, the key part of drop shadow, was re-written for CS6, therefore, not backwards compatible.
Hope that helps.
Thanks tomaxxi for the answer.
But open a CS5 version ai file with CS6 which already has drop shadow effect object in it, and save as a new CS5 file doesn't have this problem, strange.
Maybe adobe should make it more clear to users by name it "legacy drop shadow", like they do with "legacy Gauss blur", when opening legacy ai file with CS6.
I have found method to open CS6 version file with Illustrator CS5, and the drop shadow effect is live!
Live raster effect is rendering when file has been opened, right? So I think nothing should be changed to object with drop shadow effect when downsave to legacy ai file with CS6. Record the data as is will be just OK.
From now on I will save all file as CS6 version, when I need to open it with CS5, I can just use my hack method.
Sorry, I am looking to find a way of downsaving from Illustrator CS6 to IllustratorCS5 or Illustrator CS4. Can you tell me how you've done it? Unfortnunatelly It's not under "Save as".
What is the hack method that you're using?
1. Uncheck "Use Compression" when save your document;
2. Open the file with a text editor, search "RoundtripVersion" and change the following number from 16 to 15;
3. Search "
%AI5_FileFormat" (will found twice) and change the following number from 12.0 to 11.0;
4. Save and close the file.
Now it's ready for CS5 to open.
Have you tested that with a RIP or any output?
All that does is change the version identifier. There are MANY other differences between a CS6 and a CS5 file. I highly doubt your method will be trouble-free when it comes to reproduction.
I'm replying to the original post!
I have to ask you why on earth woud you save down to AI CS5 from Ai CS6 so t6hat you can open the AI CS5 version in AI CS6?
Not being sarcastic or insulting but it does sound a little insane to me!
That's say you have some file saved with Illustrator CS5 as CS5 version, now you use CS6 to open and edit it and finally press "Ctrl+S" as usual to save, then the problem with original post begin.
Not fully tested by if you know what you are doing and be careful, then the method is "trouble-free" indeed. Anyway, I do not recommend others use it, I just want to point out the possibility.
Where is this "second window"? When I go to Save with a new doc it goes to Save As which has no "options" panel. I've looked everywhere else I could think for this window but can't find it. Appreciate any help you can give.
Sorry, guys, but at least in the tryial I have there is no Illustrator option to resamble with your options. Thanks
The trial is no different from other versions.
I have 2 reasons to do that...
First, sometimes you have to share your files with other people that have earlier versions of CS.
Second, I upload files to a stock site, where we have to save them as CS10 or CS8.
...are those good enough reasons?
Wade, and others:
I work in publishing where clients usually update their software every 4 years at best. It's expensive in cost and training to maintain the current versions of Illustrator and inDesign.