Issue 94: export image in .emf format can not be read by Adobe Illustrator

Assigned To:Guest
Opened:2011-10-06 by alex
Changed:2013-08-09 by Brendan MacLean
Resolved:2013-08-09 by Brendan MacLean
Resolution:Won't Fix
Closed:2013-08-09 by Brendan MacLean
2011-10-06 alex
Title»export image in .emf format can not be read by Adobe Illustrator
Assigned To»Brendan MacLean
Hi Brendan,

I exported an image from skyline using right click Save Image As... The image was saved in .emf format, as I need to edit the axis line thickness to meet publication standards. However, the exported file does not open in Adobe Illustrator nor is the file recognized by a conversion program converting .emf files to .svg. The only way of opening the .emf file is Paint, but no options for vector graphics saving there.

Skyline version, but I encountered this problem already earlier on other files.

Thank you for looking into this,

2011-10-06 alex
P.S.: Adobe Illustrator error message: "The operation cannot complete because of an unknown error."

2011-10-06 Brendan MacLean
Hi Alex,
This may take a while to get resolved, especially since I don't own a copy of Adobe Illustrator.

You might want to consider using the Copy Metafile option on the menu. We routinely paste the result of such a copy into PowerPoint, and then ungroup to adjust specific aspects of the plot, e.g. font. You may also be able to insert the EMF files into PowerPoint.

Hope that helps. Otherwise, getting this fixed for Illustrator may take a while.


2011-10-06 Brendan MacLean
Assigned ToBrendan MacLean»
Nick, you know the Zed Graph code the best. Any chance you can figure this one out?

2011-10-06 alex
Thank you for the Copy Metafile suggestion. This does work for PowerPoint, however, pasting the Metafile into Illustrator gives the same 'unknown error' message.


2011-10-06 alex
P.S.: we just managed to open the .emf file in Adobe Illustrator on a Mac, save it as .ai, import the .ai file into Windows Illustrator and successfully edit all lines.

2012-05-14 alex
Hi Nick,

is there any update on this export filter? In the latest version ( I can still not open the .emf file using Adobe Illustrator on a PC, but Adobe Illustrator Mac version can read the file.


2012-06-12 alex
There is one solution to this problem: Canvas 12 (PC) will read the .emf file exported from skyline.

2013-08-09 Brendan MacLean
resolve as Won't Fix
Assigned ToNick Shulman»
Glad you found a work-around, Alex. It doesn't look like we are making any progress on this.

2013-08-09 Brendan MacLean