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File extension .ai
Category Image File
Description Adobe Illustrator Artwork was developed by Adobe Systems for single page vector based drawings in either EPS or PDF formats. The AI format is a strictly limited simplified subset of the EPS format. It is the standard format used when saving out Adobe Illustrator files.
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Technical Details Earlier versions of the AI format are restricted syntax that conform to DSC's Open Structuring Conventions. It was originally a native format called PGF. In order to make PDF files compatible can be achieved by embedding the PGF data within the saved PDF file. This same technique is used when saving EPS compatible files in recent versions of Illustrator.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Reader
Corel Paint Shop Pro
Developed by Adobe
MIME type application/illustrator
Useful links The File Formats of Illustrator
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File extension .gif
Category Image File
Description The GIF file format is a type of bitmap image and has become popular due to the growth of the internet. This file format supports up to 8 bits per pixel therefore giving an image the ability to contain 256 distinct colours chosen from the 24-bit RGB colour space. It also supports animations and whenever you see a logo or other sharp edged line art then you are probably dealing with the GIF format. It uses the lossless data compression technique which reduces the file size without any impact on the quality.
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Technical Details The GIF file format was invented by Compuserve for their online service, but they made the specifications publicly available. GIFs are able to hold multiple bitmaps of up to 256 colors each, using LZW (Lempel Zev Welch - a simple form of file compression that removes inefficiencies in the data storage without losing data or distorting the image) compressed raster data to minimize file sizes. The idea is to lessen the amount of colours in a GIF image to the minimum number necessary and to therefore remove stray colors that are not required to represent the image. A GIF graphic is unable to have more than 256 colors but it can have fewer colors, down to the minimum of two (black and white). Images with fewer colors will compress more efficiently under LZW compression.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop
Apple Preview
Corel Paint Shop Pro
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery Viewer
Developed by CompuServe
MIME type image/gif
Useful links More detailed information on GIF files
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Using Zamzar it is possible to convert AI files to a variety of other formats

  • ai to bmp (Windows bitmap)
  • ai to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
  • ai to jpg (JPEG compliant image)
  • ai to pcx (Paintbrush Bitmap Image)
  • ai to pdf (Portable Document Format)
  • ai to png (Portable Network Graphic)
  • ai to svg (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • ai to tga (Truevision Targa Graphic)
  • ai to tiff (Tagged image file format)
  • ai to wbmp (Wireless Bitmap File Format)
  • ai to webp (Lossily compressed image file)

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