You cannot view enhanced metafile format graphics files (or EMF image files) that were created in Adobe Illustrator

Symptoms

Programs that use Microsoft Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) functions to open enhanced metafile graphics files (also known as EMF image files) do not correctly display EMF image files that were created in Adobe Illustrator. For example, EMF image files that were created in Adobe Illustrator do not appear correctly in Microsoft Internet Explorer, in Windows Explorer, in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, or in Microsoft Office.

Cause

This problem occurs if one of the following conditions is true:
  • You are running Microsoft Windows Server 2003.
  • You install the security update that is described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. For more information about this security update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:The security update that is described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011 enforces more stringent checks on the validation of metafiles and of the records that they contain.

Resolution

Windows XP service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Windows 2000 hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
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26-Apr-2004 15:47 5.0.2195.6920 231,184 Gdi32.dll
26-Apr-2004 15:47 5.0.2195.6898 37,136 Mf3216.dll

Windows XP hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
Windows XP

Date Time Version Size File name Service Pack
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26-Apr-2004 17:27 5.1.2600.148 241,664 Gdi32.dll None
26-Apr-2004 17:27 5.1.2600.132 36,864 Mf3216.dll None
24-Apr-2004 03:03 5.1.2600.1518 257,536 Gdi32.dll SP1
24-Apr-2004 03:03 5.1.2600.1515 36,864 Mf3216.dll SP1
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2002 SP1

Date Time Version Size File name Platform
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24-Apr-2004 00:04 5.1.2600.1518 885,248 Gdi32.dll IA-64
24-Apr-2004 00:04 5.1.2600.1515 128,512 Mf3216.dll IA-64
24-Apr-2004 00:03 5.1.2600.1518 237,568 Wgdi32.dll x86
24-Apr-2004 00:03 5.1.2600.1515 36,864 Wmf3216.dll x86

Windows Server 2003 hotfix information

A supported hotfix is not currently available for Windows Server 2003.

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

More Information

This issue occurs with EMF image files that were created with the following software:
  • Adobe Illustrator 9
  • Adobe Illustrator 10
  • Adobe Illustrator CS
Note This problem does not occur with Windows Metafile Format (WMF) files except for WMF image files that are created by I-Grafx Designer. The WMF files that I-Grafx creates are actually EMF files.

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

For additional information about known issues that may occur when you install the security update that is described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

835732 MS04-011: Security Update for Microsoft Windows

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.

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ID articolo: 840997 - Ultima revisione: 28 mag 2008 - Revisione: 1

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