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Article ID: 938571 - Last Review: June 28, 2007 - Revision: 1.0


You try to open an Adobe Illustrator file that contains a mesh gradient in Microsoft Expression Design on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows XP. When you do this, Expression Design stops responding (hangs).


This issue occurs because the mesh gradient is not supported in Expression Design. Expression Design converts the mesh gradient into thousands of shapes. These shapes take a long time to be displayed in Windows Vista. They cannot be displayed in Windows XP.


To work around this issue in Windows Vista, wait for the file to open. This process may take six to ten minutes, depending on the size of the file.

In Windows XP, there is no workaround.

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

  • Microsoft Expression Design
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