I’m working at home, in the evenings, on a site design for a project in Inkscape for Windows. The programmer building the site would prefer Illustrator format. The graphic designers where I work during the day have Adobe Illustrator CS4 for Mac. The design is basically a graphical background, with different layers for each site page. I’ve been saving SVG files to a USB key and bringing them in for a friend at work to convert to .AI format. Both times, he hasn’t been getting layers, just a mishmash of various elements, and almost no text, from the original SVG. The first time, I thought maybe the problem had to do with the SVG only being readable as a single layer, so I tried setting different layers to visible in sequence, and saving each as its own SVG. This gave me SVGs of slightly differing size on the USB key, but all open in Illustrator to be an identical, well, mishmash of elements from various pages again. And again, just a single layer. What am I doing wrong? Is there any established way to save an Inkscape file for best-possible conversion when opening in Adobe Illustrator? , I believe the answer has already been posted, probably more than 2 or 3 times. While you’re waiting for someone who knows the answer to reply, you might find it by searching the forums (b) failed ‘save as’ Illustrator files due to missing GhostScript dependancies, which I’ll have to check out when I get home, but frankly I was hoping for a better solution than “read the error logs and figure it all out for yourself”, It took well over an hour to read that forum thread in depth. It is poorly organized information that is useless for my current situation. I have provided a I was hoping that somebody may have a better suggestion for how to save a file for optimal Illustrator import, from Windows to Macintosh, from Inkscape to Illustrator CS4, in a way that preserves layers and formatting. There are no layers in the SVG standard, Illustrator supports SVG but not Inkscape SVG that contains the layers information. Layers in Inkscape are just special groups of objects, much like the groups you can create within layers. So the easiest way to get the layers back in Illustrator is to group everything within each layer, move the group to the main layer and save as Plain SVG. Then in Illustrator move each group to a new layer. Source.