I ordered a logo and I received AI file. I do not own Adobe Illustrator and it makes no sense for me to buy it as I am not a designer.

I can export it using online services which suites most of my needs. But I would like to do trivial modifications like scaling, cropping etc. Is there any free (budget) software where I can do such tasks with AI file?

I have already found this similar question: How to edit/export ai file without Illustrator

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    You should ask your designer for a PDF or other output that you require. Interesting that they gave you the source since often times designers will not do so unless paid extra.
    – Hanna
    Apr 8 '16 at 19:56
  • Did you grab the free trial of Illustrator already? They'll give you a full 30 days for free, if you only have a few modifications to make it might be enough? adobe.com/downloads.html
    – Vicki
    Apr 8 '16 at 22:44

You can open AI files in Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics editor for free on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

What formats can Inkscape import/export?

Inkscape natively supports opening or importing SVG, SVGZ (gzipped SVG), PDF and Adobe Illustrator (.ai) formats. And, as of version 0.91, Inkscape can import CDR (CorelDraw) and VSD (Visio) natively.

Frequently Asked Questions — for Inkscape Users

Alternatively, you could always download a free trial of Adobe Illustrator.

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    Beat me to it ;)
    – Cai
    Apr 8 '16 at 18:11
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    If you have "Adobe Acrobat" you can open .ai easily with it and you can do some modification like scaling moving.
    – hsawires
    Apr 8 '16 at 18:45
  • @hsawires Can this be done with the free version of Adobe Acrobat, ie. Adobe Acrobat Reader?
    – KeyC0de
    Jan 29 '18 at 12:35
  • If you're downloading assets from Adobe Stock and trying to open in Inkscape, try renaming the extension to EPS. Only way I got it to work on Linux.
    – pspahn
    Jun 12 '20 at 18:52

You can try with this: http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/ai-file/ it worked in my case

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    Welcome to Graphic Design! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Luciano
    May 24 '17 at 15:18

Inkscape wasn’t able to open the graphics I wanted, so I tried doing as @pspahn mentioned in a comment on the accepted answer: I renamed the .ai file to .eps, and then Inkscape imported it perfectly. I’m not sure if this will work with all .ai files, but thus far it has worked with all the ones I needed to import.


Try finishing the file in Adobe Illustrator. Then convert it from AI to PNG That might work...

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