6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2013 9:38 AM by ladywatson RSS

    Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit

    ladywatson

      Hi everyone

      In early August, I will purchase a new tower with Windows 7 64 bit and install Adobe Creative Suite  CS6

       

      I'd like to create my fabric designs in ILLUSTRATOR on the new machine, but print on a special printer attached to my OLD tower which is a Windows XP 32 bit Operating System.  I will install the upgrade from CS5 to CS6 for Illustrator on the old tower ....

       

      So does CS6 on a 64 bit tower have a SAVE AS for 32 bit so I can use my old tower for the printing needs ?

        • 1. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
          tman69 Community Member

          "So does CS6 on a 64 bit tower have a SAVE AS for 32 bit so I can use my old tower for the printing needs ?"

           

          no--but it doesn't matter--in your case the operating systems are 32 and 64--the files created are identical and will open on either machine!

          • 2. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
            ladywatson Community Member

            Thank you for responding

             

            This is wonderful news.  I would not want to spend all this hard earned cash on new equipment and new software and find ... the new will not print with the old ...

             

            Have you yourself made this leap out of 32 bit into 64 bit with CS6 ?

             

            marla

            • 3. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
              tman69 Community Member

              at work we use MACs which are 64bit and we are running CS5, CS5.5, CS6, and CC (aka CS7)--at home I have 2 PCs running 32 bit systems--I can open files from work at home and vice versa (my home computers are machines that I built and the apps that I've acquired are all 32bit--doesn't seem necessary to upgrade apps and it would cost a bundle to upgrade my machines-new motherboard, new ram, etc--so I stay with the 32bit windows OS's) ...besides--there is nothing in CS6 that I need at home, so am sticking with CS5-- but that's my personal preference. Also, if needed, I can remote login to my work machine to use ALL the newer apps.

              Good luck with your process...am out

              • 4. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
                ladywatson Community Member

                Oh this keeps sounding better and better ..

                last question I should have included before ....

                 

                I will continue to have Windows XP on my 32 bit with the upgraded CS6 Illustrator .... the workhorse printer

                 

                on the new machine ... Windows 7 64 bit full CS6 suite .... the future design creation machine

                 

                still no problem correct ?

                 

                thanks again , and thanks for the addtional response ...

                 

                marla

                • 5. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
                  tman69 Community Member

                  1.where are you going to get a 'new' machine with Win7 on it? almost all 'new' machines come with Win8.

                  2. am not sure that CS6 will run on XP (online info indicates that it will) but some of the CS6 installers could choke when trying to upgrade an XP machine--(solution--no need to upgrade to CS6 on the XP macine-if you're buying CS6 for the Win7 machine).

                  3. are your machines going to be networked together?

                  4. depending on how old your 'workhorse' printer is...there may not be 64bit drivers available for it!

                   

                  finally--IF you network your machines--you can simply 'share' the printer that's connected to the XP machine and you should be able to print to it from the Win7 machine.

                  • 6. Re: Illustrator AI files compatibility 32 bit vs 64 bit
                    ladywatson Community Member

                    I'm having the machine specially made .. my current one HP Tower is 10 years old (and it has served me well) ...I think this new one will be elite 8300 tower

                     

                    my first questions were to support .. who did say the After Effects in CS6 is not backward compatible thats ok

                     

                    the machines will NOT network.  Old is headed up to the guest bedroom/office to hook to a brand new epson ink jet so my fabric patterns will not have ribboning as HP inkjets are known to do

                     

                    I was only going to upgrade the Illustrator for that is the main files holding old and future new patterns ... but I like your idea of try new machine first ... and if I have to upgrade old machine after ....

                     

                    thank you again .. you have answered all my questions ... and I am much more comfortable with my decisions and purchasing action

                     

                    marla