How to check if Illustrator file is saved with PDF data

PDF is one of best file formats in the World if not and best. Also PDF is one of the keys to share files between Adobe Applications. In this tutorial I will explain you how to check if Illustrator file (.ai) is saved with PDF data what is important when using file in InDesign and Photoshop (you ca also Save as PSD from Illustrator). To save file with PDF from Illustrator check Create PDF Compatible File option in Illustrator Options dialog.
Save file with PDF data from Adobe Illustrator
Save file with PDF data from Adobe Illustrator

Error message when placing Ai file without PDF data

When placing Ai file without PDF data in InDesign and Photoshop you will get information how to save file from Illustrator with PDF content instead of graphic or artwork created in Illustrator.
Illustrator file without PDF data placed in InDesign and Photoshop
Illustrator file without PDF data placed in InDesign and Photoshop


How to check if Ai file is saved with PDF data in Adobe Bridge

The only way I know to check if Ai file is saved with PDF data what can be very important when sharing files with other members of team or sending and receiving Illustrator files is to check from Adobe Bridge.

First off course run Bridge and navigate to the Illustrator file you want to check. Click on Illustrator file to select it and go to File > File Info or press Ctrl + I keyboard shortcut. In dialog which will open click on Raw Data tab, if you can not see this tab listed click in upper righ corner and choose Raw Data from drop-down menu.
Display Raw Data tab in File Info dialog
Display Raw Data tab in File Info dialog 

When you have Raw Data tab expanded and visible use Search field and type pdf. Immediately first pdf word will be highlighted. When file does not contain PDF data you will see line of text with: saved without pdf.
Search for PDF data in Illustrator file
Search for PDF data in Illustrator file

Difference between file with and without PDF data is in following line: <dc:format>application/pdf</dc:format> for file with
Illustrator file with PDF data
Illustrator file with PDF data

and <dc:format>application/vnd,adobe.illustrator</dc:format> for file without PDF data.
Illustrator file without PDF data
Illustrator file without PDF data

Reference:
Illustrator / Saving artwork
Photoshop / Placing files
Bridge Help / Work with metadata in Adobe Bridge

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Bridge 4

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