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Question about EPS compatibility

I bought CS6 a few months ago and this is my first Adobe purchase so I'm not sure what elements of CS6 are compatible with other versions. I have saved several things in Illustrator 10 format but effects like gradients aren't editable.

From what I've read, making some of these effects more compatible can be quite time consuming, and I don't want to spend time doing that when CS6 makes it so easy (that was one of the reasons I bought the latest version). I guess my main question is do you think it is worth taking the time to make it v. 10 compatible? Or would it be ok to save it to a later version?

Also on a side note, are gradients new with CS6? I think that is the main effect that is causing compatibility issues.

Thanks in advance for any help! I love the DT message board :)
Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6
Posted: 11/20/2012, 12:40:43 PM
I seem to recall reading somewhere here on DT that they recommend saving your Illustrator EPS files to CS3, which seems like a pretty good compromise because most of your treatments will remain intact saving to that version.

Here's another thread from the DT forums where the response is also recommending to save to CS3. Here's that link.

I've only got a couple of Illustrations up here at DT and I saved them to CS3 when it was time to upload the EPS file. My illustrations are simple, not a lot of effects, so saving to CS3 worked fine for me.
Nikon, Adobe and Macintosh
Posted: 1 minute ago
I save them .Ai or .Eps but I choose backwards compatibility.

If you are concerned about gradients you could always raster them. The same applies with transparency.
Photography I use Nikon 105mm F2.8G, Nikon 35mm F1.8G, Nikon crop body...
Posted: 11/21/2012, 01:23:24 AM
Thanks for the info! Saving to CS3 helped :)
Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6
Posted: 1 minute ago
One more question, something I tend to use a lot is gradients along a stroke which is new to CS6 (as far as I know). Is there a way to somehow convert this to be compatible with other versions, or do I need to completely redraw the strokes as an object?
Illustrator CS6, Photoshop CS6
Posted: 1 minute ago
Convert strokes to outlines prior to saving down. Also, I've noticed, drop shadows (and other effects) from CS6 are not compatible with any other version (even CS5)... they have a new effect engine to create these which seems much faster but incompatibility is rampant. If you plan on using drop shadows create in CS5 for compatibility.
Adobe products, Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, Canon 5D, Canon 7D, 24mm f1.4II
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