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File Extension AI

The AI file extension refers to Adobe Illustrator artwork files. This file is used to store the representation of single page artworks and drawings which are vector based. Thus it is the vector form of PDF artwork. The file type derives its name from the Adobe Illustrator suit.
The AI file supports PDF format by emcompassing all the data before putting the package in PDF format. It is categorized under internet media file types as a application/postscript file format and is supported by various programs such as Adobe AfterEffects, Cinema4D, CorelDRAW etc.

File type Adobe Illustrator Graphics Format
Developer Adobe Systems

Programs that open the AI file


While searching for an answer to the question - How to open the AI file? - you probably found websites, which offer software that was able to open any file extension. Do not be fooled, there is no one program that will allow you to work with any file extension, including the AI file. Each program contains a different type of data and you need specialized software to properly work with the AI file. Here is a list of programs that are designed to work with the AI file - remember, these applications are able to open at most a few file extensions, they are designed to work with a specific data type.

Common problems with the AI file

AI file is damaged

If after installing the program from a list, you still cannot open a file with the AI extension, the reason may be that the file is damaged. The solution may be to find a new copy of the AI file you want to open

The AI file extension is not linked with the appropriate application

In this case, the easiest way is to use the tool built into the operating system for association of the AI file with applications to support it. Double click on the file you cannot open - the operating system will display a list of programs that are likely to work with your AI file. Choose one of them, or select the location on a disk where you installed one of the applications from our list. Windows should then open the AI file using the program installed earlier.

The entry for the AI file in the "Windows Registry" has been removed or damaged

Entries containing links of the AI file extensions with applications is located in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. If you do not know how to get to the Windows Registry, or how to make changes in it, ask a specialist for help. Lack of knowledge on the subject may cause irreversible changes on your computer.

The AI file is infected by a virus

There may be a situation when a computer virus passes itself off as the AI file. In this case, such a file will definitely not be opened. Download a good antivirus program and scan the AI file mentioned. If the antivirus application detects malicious data, it may signify that the AI file is infected.

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