It doesn't matter whether the .ai file is 1.5GB or 5MB, whether it's complex or simple; I always get the "The file cannot be opened." critical error.

I use CorelDRAW X5 not Adobe Illustrator but there should not be any issues since CorelDRAW opens and saves to and from AI without any issues whatsoever. Except for .ai files exported from ArcMap. There seem to be no issues with the PDF export. It opens in CorelDRAW fine and I can manipulate and edit vector graphics. However I would like to be able to use the AI output for my publishing work. (Layers, named objects, etc.)

Any workarounds?

  • Export .EMF from ArcMap - Import to CorelDraw X5 - Tip ungroup when in CorelDraw for Layers – Mapperz May 25 '11 at 14:29
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    The AI Export is buggy - We created our own export but took many hours of development sadly. – Mapperz May 25 '11 at 14:31
  • Thanks. Tried EMF. It opens but it's quite messed up. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics May 25 '11 at 15:16
  • Is your data grouped in ArcMap - you might need to separate it. – Mapperz May 25 '11 at 15:58
  • Not grouped. All individual layers. I think i will go back to the trusted tiff export. – Jakub Sisak GeoGraphics May 27 '11 at 13:17

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