Inkscape seems to be the best alternative to Adobe Illustrator, but as far as I can tell it can only read the AI SVG format. There seems to be a solution on Windows but I can't tell if that is also valid on Linux.

I need to provide some vector art to a vendor in either Corel or Adobe Illustrator formats.

What Linux applications can I use?

The vector art is quite simple, so it's not a problem if I have to re-create it in a new application. What counts is that the output file is a format recognized by the industry.

  • Surely SVG is an industry standard? I think you will have to use Corel or Adobe if you want to be sure of your file being totally compatible. – edm Mar 9 '12 at 13:18
  • Actually, Inkscape can open/import Corel Draw (.cdr) and Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files, as well as save to those formats (I'm not 100% sure it can save as '.cdr', though.. 'ai' is fine, though). To support the Corel Draw format, you need to install python-uniconvertor from your package manager. – SirCharlo Mar 9 '12 at 13:43
  • @edmj000: Yes. I was careful not to say industry standard because you're right but my engraver doesn't care about standards :-) He only cares that he can open the files with the "de-facto standard" applications he's got. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Mar 9 '12 at 13:50
  • @SirCharlo: Great! My understanding was that AI was not supported out of the box. I will have to just try it out and see if my engraver's output matches my expectations then! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Mar 9 '12 at 13:52
  • Yeah give it a shot! The FAQ states that "Inkscape natively supports opening or importing SVG, SVGZ (gzipped SVG), PDF, and AI (Adobe Illustrator) formats", so you should be ok! :) – SirCharlo Mar 9 '12 at 14:03

Corel as well as Illustrator can recognize and read SVG format. But the problem is that sometimes they don't open SVG properly. Generally some publishers can print from pdf. I think, the main issue is to get along with the publishing house about the file prepared for print.

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You can Use Inkscape you can import the ilustrator 9.0 version file, and corel 7 X14 version files but i don't recommend to you those formats because the conversion is not so good. Normally wen i have to deal with files from others programs, i use PDF or SVG the standart file of Inkscape.

I hope i have helped.


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  • I was asking about export ("save as") - not about importing from Corel or Illustrator. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Mar 9 '12 at 13:55
  • ok in that case you can save us in inkscape to export to *.Ai, *.Cdr, *.eps, *.ps but some filters of the inskcape don't be exported like shadows or blurs you can export like PDF, either corel or Ilustrator can import PDF flawlessly(the blurs or other filters are imported in raster). – Ricaxe Mar 9 '12 at 14:07
  • Look, Inkscape doesn't save CDR or AI :) – prokoudine Mar 9 '12 at 14:12
  • mine saves :D You are using on Linux or windows ? in windows you have to install postscript tools.. – Ricaxe Mar 9 '12 at 14:53
  • Inkscape's FAQ: "Inkscape can save as SVG, SVGZ, PDF, Postscript/EPS/EPSi, Adobe Illustrator (.ai), LaTeX (.tex), POVRay (*.pov), HPGL, and others" – SirCharlo Mar 9 '12 at 14:57

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