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  • Illustrator can’t open file

  • Scott Adams

    May 2, 2010 at 4:23 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+

  • les nemeth

    May 3, 2010 at 4:10 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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