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Illustrator Thumbnail Preview Not Showing Images

New Here ,
Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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Preview.jpgI REALLY need someone's help. I bought a new MacBook pro a couple of weeks ago and have had nothing but issues with my Illustrator since. I was running the 2019 version when I switched laptops but have had to downgrade back down to the 2018 version because the 2019 version was so laggy. I'm still having lag issues but it's not as bad. But now I have a new problem. If I search files, whether its in Illustrator or just a finder folder, I used to be able to highlight a file and hit the space bar to see a preview of my artwork, so I could then scroll through the files and open the one I want. Now, I can't see anything other than the Ai logo box. HOW DO I FIX THIS? This is literally costing me so much time as I often need to refer to other jobs for a logo or text.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. jhgraphicdesign@icloud.com

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Community Expert , Apr 15, 2019 Apr 15, 2019

Have the files been saved with PDF compatiblity?

It's the PDF where Mac OS draws the preview from.

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Apr 15, 2019 Apr 15, 2019

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Have the files been saved with PDF compatiblity?

It's the PDF where Mac OS draws the preview from.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Can you specify where one would be offered that option? It doesn't come up when I save a file as an .ai file.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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When you first save a file from Illustrator, this window comes up to "Create PDF Compatible File".

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Community Expert ,
Apr 16, 2019 Apr 16, 2019

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Hi, the files must be saved with "PDF compatibility".


					
				
			
			
				
			
			
			
			
			
			
			
		

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Explorer ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Same issue here. Tried saving with PDF compatability (which is default) but .ai files still only show the AI logo.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Sorry to hear about the trouble. I would request if you can share a few more details like:

 

  1. The exact version of Illustrator and the Operating System.
  2. Do you have more than one version of Illustrator installed?
  3. Are you able to preview other files created on different applications?
  4. Where are the files saved, locally or on any network or shared drive?

 

Regards

Rishabh

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Explorer ,
Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Hi Rishabh

Mac OS 10.15.3 (Catalina)
Illustrator Creative Cloud 24.0.3
Only that version is installed.
I have the same issue with the latest version of InDesign CC, but Photoshop CC previews fine whether the files are saved as PSDs or JPGs.
All files are saved locally on my internal drive.
Note: AI and ID files preview properly in Bridge CC which I generally use all the time, but there are times when I need to work in the Finder and that's where I'm not getting any previews.

Regards,
Paul

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 14, 2020 Feb 14, 2020

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Thanks for sharing the details, could you please login to the root account (https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT204012) and check if you are able to preview files there?

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2020 Feb 17, 2020

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Hello,

Any news on this issue? We have the same problem here. 4 iMacs running Catalina with the latest CC version programs. None of them shows the thumbnail preview... Thanks!

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Explorer ,
Feb 17, 2020 Feb 17, 2020

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No resolution. Have starting in safe mode and also saving with PDF compatability but files still do not preview in the Finder.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 19, 2020 Feb 19, 2020

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Just upgraded to new Macbook pro with Catalina 10.15.3 + current Cloud Adobe Illustrator 24.0.3. Previews only showing as AI symbol preview. 😞 My previous Macbook pro (much older I believe was running Sierra or High Sierra) was showing the preview images of the same exact files - no problem. Files are stored on my computer. As a designer, it is a needed tool to see a preview. I see previews of other files.

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New Here ,
Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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Go to Creative Cloud and Update Illustrator, It will solve this Issue

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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No go - my AI is updated to most recent app. Still just see the AI. Again these are the same files that were on my previous MacBook Pro & the previews show perfectly on it - saved as they are supposed to be. Just a giant Ai logo on here. 😞 Really bites not being able to see the preview & having to open EVERY file to see it. I'm considering downgrading until this is actually fixed but I'm not sure that would even help. It's obviously an issue with 2020 AI and Mac Catalina. 

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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I have the same problem but did the following as a workaround in Big Sur with Illustrator 23.3.1.

Make a duplicate copy of the older containg your files and 'save as' adobe PDF. Bit of a pain, but at leat you can see the image and work on the PDF file as though it were an Ai file.

 

 

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New Here ,
Jul 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021

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Spelling errors crept in on previous reply !

I have the same problem but did the following as a workaround in Big Sur with Illustrator 23.3.1.

Make a duplicate copy of the folder containg your files and 'save as' adobe PDF. Bit of a pain, but at least you can see the image and work on the PDF file as though it were an Ai file.

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Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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Go to Creative Cloud and Update Illustrator, that will solve this Issue

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Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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Go to Creative Cloud and Update Illustrator, It will solve this Issue

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Explorer ,
Apr 02, 2020 Apr 02, 2020

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That doesn't solve it.  My experience is identical to kyrstenbrooke. This problem is frustrating and wastes valuable time, especially when it was not an issue with the previous Mac OS.

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New Here ,
Apr 04, 2020 Apr 04, 2020

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Try by updating illustrator from Creative Cloud

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 04, 2020 Apr 04, 2020

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My Illustrator is up to date in Creative Cloud. There is no new update... 

 

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Apr 04, 2020 Apr 04, 2020

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New Here ,
Apr 04, 2020 Apr 04, 2020

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is it the one u using ? bcs i had this same issue get solved by updating from creative cloud. am confused, I also changed some settings from services preferences, let me check..

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Community Beginner ,
May 12, 2020 May 12, 2020

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Any news on this...was this issue resolved? I have the same issue as the thread (also tried all suggestions).

Only workabound is to 'default' save ai files as eps. Wierd that reoving the 'ai' extensions solves the issue too, but wrecks the file.

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Explorer ,
Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Please stop giving this false advise:) It doesn't help. Sorry.

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