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This tutorial shows how to convert an Adobe Illustrator file to a PDF document from multiple application interfaces and using novaPDF as the PDF converter.
Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphic design app released and maintained by the Adobe Corporation and having similar functionality with CorelDRAW. The drawings created with Adobe Illustrator have the AI file extension and can be also opened by external applications like Inkscape or Canvas X.
The AI format is mostly used in professional environments for instance for high-quality printing or other uses that require a vectorial format. The file type also has cross platform support so it can be also managed on Linux distros and Mac computers with appropriate programs. However, due to the vector image technology used in the file type by Adobe any additional programs capable of opening it will most likely render the image as a raster one and transforming the vector data in a bitmap format.
The proprietary nature of the AI file and the very few applications that can open it makes it very difficult to manage so having it in a compressed portable format such as PDF is a very good choice for file sharing, archiving and protection. While newer versions of Adobe Illustrator have an option to export as PDF, with novaPDF you'll be able to convert the AI format to PDF and also add advanced options such as merging, watermarking PDFs, adding bookmarks and much more - features that are not in Illustrator.