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Issues opening AI files exported from Rhino

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I've been trying to replace Illustrator with Designer. The tools are fine and are quite similar, but certain functionality is just not replaceable.


Within my workflow, I often export ai or dwg from Rhino to further edit in AI.

rect_cir.AI is an example.

in Rhino, it is a simple rectangle and circle, in a layer colored red and green respectively.

When exported as .AI, the Adobe Illustrator can open these just fine even with the layer color information and layer structure.


When opening the same file in Designer, there is nothing, only a blank document with the size that should be the overall bounding box.


Any ideas, anyone?

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Affinity software opens the pdf version of an Illustrator file, not the AI version. Rhino doesn't save a pdf version of the file inside the AI file. Your options are either produce a pdf from Rhino or open the AI file in Illy and save with the pdf data which is the Illy default.

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Thank you for the reply.


Saving it to PDF will lose all my layer information that I have built in Rhino and it doesnt support the "Export Selected" feature in Rhino. Will be very messy with  larger projects.

If I still need to have Adobe AI to serve as a transitioning software then I could just work with Adobe AI and no use Designer at all? (since I've already paid for it)

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What you choose to use is, well, your choice.


Why not bug Rhino to update their AI export to include the PDF version and also the layer info? Or PDF including just to export the selection? PDF supports the layer information if they want to make it do so...


That said, your simple example file is something that AD ought to import properly. It's really just glorified EPS--the AI format Rhino uses is a very old format (verison 8 if I recall).

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