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Product: Illustrator 8.01
Company: Adobe Systems
Estimated Street Price: $379.00 Upgrade: $119.00
Review By: Julien Jay

Import/Export Compatibility

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Setup & Installation
3: Features
4: Compatibility
5: Conclusion

Adobe Illustrator 8.0 can open any Adobe Illustrator (AI) file, EPS file, PDF file (one page at a time), and Photoshop 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 file. In addition, version 8.0 can open or place Macromedia FreeHand 5.0, 5.5, and 7.0 files and CorelDRAW 5.0, 6.0, and 7.0 files, as well as files saved in DXF, CGM, CMX, Amiga IFF, BMP, GIF89a, JPEG, Kodak, Photo CD, PCX, PXR, PNG, TGA, and TIFF format. We have noticed a bug when importing EPS files that were created with Adobe InDesign 1.0. Indeed if you simply open the EPS file or import it some characters will be hidden or will disappeared with no reasons. Adobe has confirmed this to be an Illustrator bug and found a workaround that consists to import EPS files made by InDesign as Model.

  Adobe Illustrator 8.0 exports AI, EPS, PDF, Amiga IFF, BMP, GIF89a, JPEG, PCX, PSD, PXR, PNG, TGA, and TIFF files. Windows versions can export EMF files.

Text Support

Adobe Illustrator 8.0 imports and exports the following text formats: ASCII, Microsoft RTF, Microsoft Word 6.0/95, and Corel WordPerfect. We deeply regret the lack of text files formats that Illustrator 8 supports. Even Corel Draw 9 supports more text files formats!

You can add customized text in every Adobe Illustrator 8 document. You can else draw a text frame and type your text like in every word processor programs, but you can also put texts around shapes like this by using the appropriate tool:

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Obviously you can change the font, the size, the color, the spacing, the alignment (and much more) of the text ! However we regret that to create a gradient text, users have to first vector-based the text and then choose the gradient style. Itís a supplementary hassle that is no use.


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