Adobe Illustrator files are PDF compatible. That is a regular PDF reader, ex. Sumatra-pdf, can open and view them. I was hoping it would be possible to have xetex (with xelatex) and
graphicx to include Adobe Illustrator files directly without having to go into Illustrator and save as a PDF manually. This would simplify my workflow and make it much quicker to make changes to figures in Illustrator and then compile the xetex document to see how it looks in the text.
Does anyone know if this is possible?
What versions of PDF are supported (is this determined by the
graphicx package)? Are there other PDF importing methods?
Edit: in the
.log there isn't much information:
File: image.pdf Graphic file (type QTm) <use "image.pdf" >
I renamed it to
.ai, otherwise it won't work at all, however, the image doesn't appear in the document.
Edit 2: Here is an .ai file from the latest illustrator version (CS5) if anyone wants to play around: link removed