Maintaining PDF layers

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Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022

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Hi,

Something that's baffled me for years; is why Illustrator cannot maintain layer structures when opening PDFs that are compatible with it. I work extensively in Esko ArtPro+, who's native file format is PDF.

We are constantly requested to supply file back to Designers in a format that is Illustrator compatible, and this would be seemless if the PDFs maintained the layer structure.

The files maintain their layer structure when opened in Acrobat Pro, but as soon as they are opened in Illustrator the file only contains 1 layer with everthing on it.

 

Does anybody have any thoughts or workarounds?

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Feature request , How to , Import and export , Print and publish

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Mar 29, 2022 Mar 29, 2022

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Acrobat "layers" are different from layers in Illustrator. In Acrobat you can have a single object appear in multiple layers because they are more like multiple views that show or hide objects.

Currently Illustrator does not convert these Optional Content Groups into layers.

You can make a feature request here:

https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/358...

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Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately the link won't let me sign via Facebook or the email sign in, so i've just voted for it.

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