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Question:

How to recover old ChemDraw PICT files in High Resolution on a MAC OSX?


Answer:


PICT files comes in two flavors, bitmap and vector graphics – the latter is what ChemDraw used as it scales better on printing etc.


Adobe Illustrator, which doesn’t list PICT as an import option in its Open dialog box, can open vector graphics PICT file just fine. And edit them!


All you need to do is drag and drop the file onto Illustrator.


You cannot seem to get the bitmap back into ChemDraw via copy-paste or drag-and-drop.


This “fix” is just for taking elements from the PICT file and changing size, colours line thicknesses etc, and of course saving the results in a high resolution format.


Created on: 11/7/2017