XD and PS defaults to open .ai files - AI files should open with Illustrator only
Working in windows 10. After updating XD and Illustrator to 2019, all my existing .ai files have been defaulted to open in XD. I can use the "Open With" option to successfully open .ai files in Illustrator but the default always stays with XD no matter how many times I select Illustrator.
Uninstalled XD. AI files cannot locate Illustrator as primary software for launch.
Edited by Adobe Staff to generalise the issue.
We have this issue fixed, please refer to steps below to solve the issue
XD defaulting to AI on Windows
- Please update to latest version of XD (13.1.32) to resolve the issue. Thank you XD engineering team for solving this issue.
PS defaulting to AI on MAC
- Please update to latest version of Illustrator (23.0.1) to solve this issue.
Can confirm the Windows update (10 Pro - Version 17134.471) has also fixed this issue for me too. Had to select a Adobe Illustrator file and "Open with" to get it working again, the same for Adobe Photoshop and .psb files.
Rafael de Angelo commented
Windows updated (10 Pro - Version 17134.471) and problem solved. Thanks!
If the issue is still not solved at your end. Please get in touch with us at any of the other support channels - https://helpx.adobe.com/support.html . Since this is not a generic issue that we can reproduce at our end, we will need someone to look into your machine to figure out what is going on here.
Before you do that are you manually able to change file association of .ai file to another application say Notepad.exe ? There is another issue with file association going around. Please check this link: https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/microsoft-broke-windows-10s-file-associations-with-a-botched-update/
I posted a new bug called "AI an d XD files not opened by default on Windows 10" :
Ashutosh Chaturvedi, we are waiting for you !
Filipe Florentino commented
Windows 10 here. Installed and uninstalled illustrator and XD. Nothing.
Can't work with smart objects in photohop.
When will this issue be fixed?
Windows 10 and all apps up to date, still having an issue with Illustrator & Photoshop not being recognised as default programs! This has been going on for far too long now. Please can someone from Adobe confirm when this is going to be fixed??
i am on Windows 10 and after latest update i have the same issue as this
"The .ai file type is still not recognized without clicking on it and manually selecting to open it with Illustrator every time.", originally from Jose G.
Barry Hughes commented
"XD problem solved now I cant open AI file in illustrator as default."
but now i can't choose XD from the 'open with' options?
Same here, 'always open with' doesn't work. When trying to import into after effects it doesn't recognise the file as AI either. this is after updating to CC19.
Jose D Gallegos commented
The .ai file type is still not recognized without clicking on it and manually selecting to open it with Illustrator every time. This from windows 10 after updating the to CC19
XD problem solved now I cant open AI file in illustrator as default.
Sven Lewerentz commented
Updating XD does not fix it here (Windows 10). Still can't open Vector Smart Objects (now I get the error message "Das ursprüngliche Smartobjekt konnte nicht bearbeitet werden, weil die Anwendung, in der das Smartobjekt erstellt wurde, nicht gestartet werden konnte") and still can't select Illustrator as default for .ai files.
Thank you, it is fixed for me now.
Same problem. The XD icon doesn't appear anymore and the icon remains white. No Illustrator icon ant I still have to select an application by double-cliking or by "open with"
Yes, like Rafael, running Illustrator 23.0.1 on Windows and still can't set Illustrator as default program for .ai files. Please fix!
Rafael de Angelo commented
On my computer the issue isn't 100% fixed.
The option to choose Illustrator now appears, but I still have to select 'Open With' every single time I want to open AI files.
Using High Sierra OS 10.13.6, Illustrator CC 23.0
When I double-click on a .ai file (created in Illustrator) in the Finder, my Mac launches Photoshop, not Illustrator, and gives me a dialog box for importing file into Photoshop.
Of course I expected (and intended) to launch the fiel in Illustrator.
Dan Bennett commented
I experienced this but have fixed it. I read it in another forum somewhere. You have to hit Command and I to get the info window up, then find open with.... select illustrator 2019 and then hit change all
Vivek Ramachandran commented
Ai File is saving as XD Icon Type. But I try to open the that file i Will Opening with Adobe XD App.