Today I received a logo from a client that was built using the latest version of Illustrator. I am still using CS5 and it didn’t want to open the file.


Sometimes you don’t have time to track down someone with a new version of Illustrator or to request the file to be saved in another format…especially when something has to be done yesterday. Fear not, there is an easy solution to this predicament.

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Open Adobe InDesign
  3. Place document in InDesign
  4. Export as PDF
  5. Open in Illustrator
  6. That’s it…enjoy

It would be nice if illustrator could automate this process to be more backward compatible, but then again they need your money!

Hope this helps someone.