Will I lose any functionality if I save an ai-file as pdf and the save the pdf as ai?

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Sorry if my title is confusing. Because of the issue of not being able to export to pdf (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/333657-illustrator-desktop-feature-requests/suggestions/328...) I’m trying to figure out a workaround. What I’m thinking of doing is creating an Action which first saves an opened ai-file to pdf. Since the pdf is now open but I would like to keep the ai-file open, the Action would then save the pdf as an ai-file (saving over the original ai-file).

Given that the pdf is saved with “Illustrator Editing Capabilities” will I lose any functionality or editability in the ai-file?

I have gotten the Action to work and as far as I can tell there is no loss in functionality. If any of this seems flawed please let me know.

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If you keep the PDF settings to Illustrator Default with Illustrator Editing Capabilites on and not another PDF preset, you will not lose any functionality.

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