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  1. @Hokusai: good news! I took advantage of the 20% off and purchased the full version of Designer, and tried opening my .ai file again; everything loaded! The only thing that's missing, as far as I can tell, is that I had organized things in layers and sub-layers; the sub-layers are missing, so everything is in the top-level layers. Oh well, it's not the end of the world. I'm still pleased! :)
  2. Hi Hokusai! Unfortunately, my trial has expired so I can't try again, and the last time I tried it was about a month ago, so I don't remember all the details. However, I'm pretty sure I tried the .ai file directly. As for the type suggestion, that's a good idea! I wish I could try another trial, to see if I can import it as a PDF as you suggest (I don't want to start over from scratch). As for the elements being "symbols" in Illustrator, I'm not sure if they were (I'm a novice when it comes to Illustrator), so I'm not sure what a "symbol" would actually be. Basically, I have: - SVG elements (each icon on the map is from an SVG, or at least the vast majority are) - Basic lines (paths? the coloured lines for each metro line) Thanks for your reply!
  3. Hi there! I'd love to purchase a license for Affinity Design, it's obviously much more affordable than Illustrator, and I liked the interface during my trial (which has now expired :( ). However, I have an AI file that Affinity wasn't able to load all the elements from. I'd like to submit this file privately, so that you guys can take a look at it, and hopefully, Affinity can then be "fixed" so that it's able to load this file. Is there a way for me to do that (submit an AI file privately for inspection)? To have an idea of what the file involves, have a look at this PNG: http://mexicometro.org/wp-content/uploads/Mexico-Metro-Map-Updated-version-2015.png As you can see, it has a lot of complex shapes in it; my problem is that most of the icons weren't loading, and a fair bit of the text, as well (it's a custom font installed on my computer). Most (all?) of the icons are originally SVG elements. The file works perfectly fine in Illustrator, though; that's where I built it originally. Thanks!
  4. Oh thank you, that makes sense, and it works! Much appreciated! What about the bonus question? > Bonus: Is there an eye-dropper-type tool? ;)
  5. Hi! I realize this likely seems like a very basic question, but I can't seem to solve it. I want to use the fill tool to fill in several objects with white, that are currently black. Here's the flow I would expect: 1) Select Fill tool 2) Select the color I want to fill in the objects (actually, I'd look for an eye dropper tool but I haven't seen one, but since all I want is pure white, the eye-dropper isn't important at the moment) 3) Click on the object I want to make white 4) See the object change to white Instead, what seems to be happening is, at step 3, the White that I had configured changes to Black (the color of the object), so I need to repeat step 2 again. I have many objects to fill, so the extra clicks are somewhat annoying. What am I missing here? :) Bonus: Is there an eye-dropper-type tool?

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