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Even though the new Adobe CS5 graphics/design suite is out, a lot of us haven't updated yet to the new version. But of course some clients are shipping their new logo in EPS or Illustrator format created with the new version. And if you still have only the older (CS4) version of Illustrator you can't open them. Here is a workaround for that.

I'm still using CS3 and in order to get backwards compatibility with this version for the logo image's format, the client would have to save it back to CS4, then open it in CS4 and save it back to the CS3 format (assuming they have all three versions installed, which is unlikely).

The simpler way is to place the EPS document into your current version of inDesign and then create a PDF from it. And then you can open the PDF in your version of Illustrator.

This is how I usually get the client's logos. I go to their website and download a version of their Annual Report and much of the time whoever created the report will have the logo saved as an EPS image embedded within the PDF.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: ericsackett on Aug 11, '10 08:48:04AM
Good hint, but Illustrator CS5 can save back to "Legacy" formats like Illustrator 3. That's 3 not CS3.

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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: philbell on Aug 11, '10 09:58:49AM

I haven't tested this one yet, but plan do do so right away. Great tip.



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: brh on Aug 11, '10 10:25:32AM

True, but you still have to sucker-punch your client into getting that for you. Any hackish solution is generally easier than getting what you need from a client…

That was meant to be a reply to the 'CS5 can save back to Illustrator 3' comment. Whoops.

Edited on Aug 11, '10 10:36:00AM by brh



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: gerritdewitt on Aug 11, '10 12:19:19PM

Illustrator CS5 can save in older formats well below CS4: When saving or doing a Save As for the first time, you can choose Illustrator CS5 (15), CS4 (14), CS3 (13), CS2 (12), CS (11), 10, 9, or earlier.

Note that this is not the case for Adobe InDesign. InDesign CS5 (7) maintains backward compatibility only to CS4 (6), and only when the INDD document is exported in IDML (InDesign Markup). Similarly, InDesign CS4 (6) is backward-compatible with CS3 (5) when exporting to INX (InDesign Interchange).

--Gerrit



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Well, the point of this hints...
Authored by: morespace54 on Aug 12, '10 10:47:28AM

Well, the point of this hints, really, is more about using a newer (postscript-EPS format) file and be able to use it with a legacy software, not really about "how to save a file to a legacy format"...



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: pub3abn on Aug 12, '10 06:17:12AM

This would have been a good hint if not for the inaccurate CS5-cannot-save-to-CS3 part. If you had instead focused on the more basic need of how to get the CS5 AI file into CS3 when the client cannot or will not export to a legacy version, then this hint would have been much better.



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: imageworx on Aug 15, '10 06:49:16AM

Jeez louise!

The POINT here is to provide useful tips or useful critiques. >*(

There are clients that will email/FTP a file and want the work completed YESTERDAY. You can't always get a downsized file as that file might be from another source/designer and complicate the production.

The Tip works. As long as you have InDesign and can import/place the EPS.

And yes, CS5 can dumb down to legacy versions, however, you may lose features that newer incorporates (transparencies, layers, ...).
Anyway, thanks for the tip...saves some folks I know from plopping down $$$ to upgrade just to open a CS5 illustrator file...

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To BeOS or Not to BeOS



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: DistantThunder on Aug 15, '10 08:16:15AM

I think you need to reread the 2nd sentence of the comment you are responding to. The tip is of course useful; it just implies false information. As for your comment about saving to legacy versions, you will not lose much going CS5 to CS3, and anything lost will almost certainly also be lost going the PDF route (i.e., you will get a flattened, not very editable version, with either the CS3 or PDF route).



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: tderken on Oct 11, '11 02:49:07PM

I am still using CS2... obviously everyone on earth is ahead of me which makes it difficult to open ANY EPS vector files sent to me. Same idea as the InDesign option, and I don't know if it'll work for other versions, but I Control-click the file and go to "Open With", choose my Acrobat Professional application, save out as PDF and open the PDF in Illustrator. Works like a charm...



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: ThinkMattClark on Dec 28, '11 09:48:15AM

Regardless of semantics... it worked and saved me from emailing the client (once again) to ask for digital assets.

Thanks for the tips!



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Opening new Illustrator files in an older version
Authored by: Xoff442 on May 17, '12 03:40:41PM

GENIUS !! Thank you so much !!



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