I have 100's of old illustrator files I would like to open but cannnot. Whenever I try to open one in the newest illustrator it says...Can't open file...unknown file type. I find that funny to be honest...didn't Adobe make it? How can I open these files? I have found nothing out on the web except to buy an old mac with an old Illustrator and open them that way. Is there any other way?
Since your question is about Illustrator, I have moved this from the "Get Started" forum for you.
Can you tell us which version the older files are in, whether they are Mac or Windows, and show a screen shot of the error message?
Hi Jane-e, Thanks for moving this over to the right place! I can't tell you which version they are in because they don't say. The files where made on a Mac.
Mahalo for trying to help!
If you open one of these files in TextEdit, what does the first text line show you?
Heres what shows up in Text Edit.......AGD4æ∏ªÀ
Thank you so much Monika, I will probably give the Scribus thing a try and if it works I would have a ton of files to convert. Many mahaloz!
Very old ones should start with %!PS-Adobe
Newer ones should start with %PDF
Thanks.....but do you think it would make a difference if the files were originally created in Freehand but then converted to illustrator....CS5? Because I did that with most my old Freehand files, because FH was becoming obsolete... but it seems all of those I converted over are no longer able to be open by newer Illustrator files. They did open back when I converted them to Illustrator when I used CS5.
The AGD4 shows that the file wasn’t made by Illustrator but by Freehand 9. There was a time Illustrator could open Freehand files, so someone must have decided to add AI to the name. But Illustrator hasn’t been able to do that for many years.
They where orignally made in FH but converted over to CS5 back in the day....and they used to open in the older versions till they went to the CC versions...I call it the dark cloud because I can no longer open them. LOL Thanks
No, you have proved they weren’t converted, like it or not. If files were converted, these are the originals. Since older CS versions opened them anyway, the failure to convert has just now become visible. It may be that someone’s idea of “converting” was to just add .AI to the name.
I hear ya....but a key that unlocks a door.... to one with a limited knowledge of technical things ....it sure seemed to be a real key. How would a person know 20 or so years later that key was a mirage. Thanks for the info. Mahalo
I have the same problem, I nned help! I'm willing to pay someone to open 20 documents and convert in to text edit or word docs, where can I go to find someone who can do that?
You have old FreeHand files?
Try tensai.co.uk They used to offer conversion as a paid service.