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Scott Adams
Illustrator can't open file
on May 2, 2010 at 4:23:54 pm

For the past few days I have been working on a project in illustrator CS4. As of about midnite last night I can't open it anymore. I get the following error:

Can't open the illustration. The illustration contains an illegal or misplaced operator.


Offending operator '+'
Context:
%+VdL+
Does anyone know how to right this wrong? It is fairly important for me to open and finish this file.

Thanks!


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les nemeth
Re: Illustrator can't open file
on May 3, 2010 at 4:10:51 am

If you're lucky and saved the file as a PDF compatible file (by default), you can try to open it in Acrobat then re-save it. However, if you re-save it, all AI specific features will be lost and you will only have the plain vector work.

You could try opening it in CS5 (download a trial), or you could reinstall AI.

These are the tips I have. If none of them helps, at least you get some hardcore experience to re-create the whole thing. (That's my idea of having fun...)


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