No matter what I try I cannot change the default file type .ai to always open/be associated with Illustrator 2019.
The files always show up as blank icons and I have to now always right click and 'open with' and choose Illustrator 2019.
Bug with the new updated?
Please try steps mentioned below and share results:
Solution 1: Use Windows control panel to establish the file association
This solution uses Illustrator as an example. For any other product, replace that product's filename extension and executable name with the product and file type you are attempting to restore.
Solution 2: Set a default path in the Registry
Note: Before trying these steps, please take a backup of your Registry: https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/322756/how-to-back-up-and-restore-the-registry-in-windows
I have the same problem.
.AI files are associated with Adobe XD and I can´t change it. When I want to associate them with a different program, Illustrator appears in the list, but if I select it, nothing happens.
I tried both solutions.
P.S: In the registry I think that the correct path is "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Adobe.Illustrator.23\shell\..."
Same here:.ai and .psd files are associated with Adobe XD on (Win10). Can't change the default programm for opening those filetypes.
I have the exact same problem.
Tried both your solutions to no avail.
Will probably have to wait a few weeks until Adobe catches on and acknowledges the issue only to fix it in another month or so...
Having the same issue on my Mac.
Thanks! Figured it out!
Right click on an "ai" file and select "Get Info"
Click on "Open With" in the drop-down menu select Adobe Illustrator 2019 and click "change all." You will get a dialog box asking if "you want to change AISafeModeLauncher.app" click continue.
Your Illustrator files should now open in illustrator and not Photoshop.
None of this worked, I finally deleted the XD CC that had installed with the CC 2019 files and it seems to have fixed the issue. Although I don't have that software to use until this is figured out. It is very frustrating, it messed up a lot of my files.
My registry was fine at Adobe.Illustrator.23, and still did not update associations, but when i put the same entry into Adobe.Illustrator.21, it now works fine.
Same problem. Upgraded to Illustrator 2019 and cannot associate .ai files with Illustrator. Have tried both the registry and file associations suggestions and they do not work.
If I install Adobe XD on the same machine it takes over the association with .ai files. If I remove Adobe XD then .ai files appear as blank icons.
Same problem here. How do you guys manage to screw something up every time you update something is beyond me. Do you do ANY product testing on Windows before release?
I second that. After the cloud service came about I feel like a crash test dummy paying good money to receive hits. Every single time I accept an "update" I keep regretting it. I'm always hoping to see some progress but every time I'm thrown into a pile of dirt by Adobe's lack of customer care. I'm seriously considering leaving.
Same here, tried both solutions. Still not working. XD forcing association to .ai files
I'm using Windows 10
As an update I replicated the issue by trying to edit a Smart Object in Photoshop. Instead of opening Illustrator it asked me what app I'd like to use to open that file, so the association is clearly broken.
Windows 10 here as well.
Also having the same issue. I tried removing XD but I still cannot associate Illustrator 2019 with AI files.
I noticed the unassociated files are listed as 'Adobe.Illustrator.22' in Explorer. This update is version 23, right?
windows 10, complete messed up files associations. psd files open with XD. When I try editing an AI smartobject it opens XD....
Trying to change files associations in the windows settings doesn't work at all. keeps XD as default. I've also tried resetting the files associations same result, nothing happens. Fix this since we cannot edit smartobjects anymore because of this!!! Next time you should consider a Creative Cloud Beta upgrade program before releasing your products to everyone. We are not labrats, we are paying and working with those softwares! thx!
On Windows the last one to register file gets precedence. Here is a simple fix go to any .ai file in one of your folders right click on the file then do Open With > Choose another app . Select the application that you want to prefer and do not forget to check Always use this app to open .ai file
not working at all
I have already attempted this and it does not work. I uninstalled XD and Illustrator and reinstalled only Illustrator. File association would not happen after install or when choosing 'open with' and checking the box.
did you also choose always use this app option to make it sticky? Open With > Choose another app > Always use this app to open .ai file
Yes, that option was chosen. The AI file type in Explorer when no application is associated is listed as 'Adobe.Illustrator.22' - presumably it should be 23?
File association still works as expected when I rolled back to v22.1. It is broken for me on v23.
Ive change the value of "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ai" from "Adobe.Illustrator.22" to "Adobe.Illustrator.23" and then i could change the default program!
As stated above multiple times, this solution does not solve the problem. With or without the checkbox being ticked. Neither does the registry edit. I have uninstalled XD as well and had the same result as the other users. Ai files remain blank, unassociated. Even after that, trying the "open with" solution doesn't do anything.
That does't work either.
Yes all that is said here is the case. I have noticed that other programs that import Illustrator are have a problem with this format for import. I have posted one I noticed before this discussions problem here.