Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)


Clean up vector documents

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Clean up vector documents – your creative pre-press!

Make your artwork shine, in no time! The only Adobe Illustrator plug-in you need to clean up your vector files with just the click of a button. Make your files as good as can be, removing hours of annoying technical niggles that importing artwork brings!

Your one stop shop for fixes at a click of a button:

  • Remove unnecessary compound paths / clipping masks
  • Continue a design from different programs or apps. Finish a job with non-standard resources.
  • Recover resources from old files like EPS, PDF or non-Adobe programs.
  • Optimize and simplify complex files coming from diverse sources (like Apps for tablets).
  • Reduce file size by eliminating unnecessary or redundant information.
  • Better reassemble corrupt Illustrator files which had to be recovered using PDF data.
  • Make an efficient automated workflow in Illustrator for content generated from applications such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages.

"Fix All" file clean-up

  • Fix all with one-click button – see the list of fixes here…
  • Magic-away the clipping mask nightmare when importing PDFs from Word, PowerPoint and all other programs.
  • Straighten imperfect artwork.
VectorFirstAid Fix All clean up of Illustrator artwork
VectorFirstAid combined broken up text lines

Advanced clean-up tools

  • Super Smart Remove Points – to ease editing and help reduce file size, including SVG exports.
  • Re-join broken paths typically found in CAD files.
  • Merge broken text lines into paragraphs, typically found with PDF imports.

Fine tune your workflow

  • Quickly use pre-defined profiles to clean-up artwork from InDesign, EPS, Image Trace and many more.
  • Create or modify profiles to suit your own workflow.
  • Batch process with Illustrator actions.
VectorFirstAid profiles: Adobe Acrobat PDF Files; Adobe Capture; Adobe Illustrator Draw; Adobe InDesign; Affinity Designer; Basic Clean Up; CAD Files; Corel Draw; Excel + Word + PowerPoint; Freehand; Generic EPS; Live Trace (Adobe Illustrator); Optimized Clean Up; Pages + Keynote + Numbers; QuarkXpress; Reduce File Size; Wacom Bamboo Spark

Never Fear! Artwork cleaned up with VectorFirstAid is perfectly readable and editable in Adobe Illustrator by non-Astute Graphics users. Clients will think you're a creative genius!

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  • Reveal and instantly fix many technical problems (stray points, unnecessary clip groups, unclosed paths, etc.) in either the selected art or the entire document, with adjustable parameters
  • Run checkups either manually or automatically as you work, at user-definable times
  • Immediately locate problem areas in a document using the panel "Show" button
  • Perform one-click "convenience" operations, including Smart Removing points from entire paths, combining multiple point text objects, and replacing all missing fonts
  • All operations are actionable
  • Add list of default profiles

Checkable/Fixable Operations

  • Remove Stray Points
  • Remove Unneeded Points
  • Remove Redundant Points
  • Remove Empty Text Paths
  • Remove Unnecessary Clip Groups
  • Remove Unnecessary Groups
  • Remove Unnecessary Compound Paths
  • Remove Unpainted Paths
  • Remove Duplicate Art
  • Remove Off-Artboard Art
  • Remove Unused Symbols
  • Remove Unused Swatches
  • Remove Unused Graphic Styles
  • Remove Unused Artboards
  • Retract Short Handles
  • Close Barely-Open Paths
  • Close Filled Unstroked Paths
  • Align Close Points
  • Axis-Align Paths

Default Optimized Check/Fix Profiles

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Files
  • Adobe Capture
  • Adobe Illustrator Draw
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Affinity Designer
  • Basic Clean Up
  • CAD Files
  • Corel Draw
  • Excel + Word + PowerPoint
  • Freehand
  • Generic EPS
  • Live Trace (Adobe Illustrator)
  • Optimized Clean Up
  • Pages + Keynote + Numbers
  • QuarkXpress
  • Reduce File Size
  • Wacom Bamboo Spark

Note: each default profile may be modified and new user-defined profiles created


One-click "Convenience" Operations

  • Super Smart Remove points from paths
  • Rejoin paths which have been broken into segments
  • Combine point text objects
  • Replace all missing fonts in the document
  • Convert to Dynamic Shapes (if VectorScribe 3 is installed)

Auto Checkup Scheduling

  • When a document is opened
  • After a specific period of time has passed
  • Whenever you make a certain number of changes to the document

Profile Configuration

  • Add as many or as few operations as you need, in any order, and with custom parameters
  • Manage existing profiles by editing, deleting, and renaming them


  • Adjustable parameters on all operations which involve them
  • Center the document view when showing issues
  • Check and fix locked items

Using our plug-ins

Color-coded Panels
Installation, Licensing & Activation
Software Requirements

Mac OS
Illustrator CC and CS6
Mac OS 10.7+

Adobe Illustrator CC and CS6
Windows 7/8/10

Using VectorFirstAid

11 reviews for VectorFirstAid

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brilliant!! That fixed a large Illustrator technical file with many text notes which had been sent with all the text chopped up from Coral draw. One thing I noticed, unless it is my mistake, that text not in the horizontal plane may need to be rotated to such before applying the plugin

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve had it 10 minutes and I already know it’s going to be fantastic. It instantly fixed all the issues I had with an exported PDF—these are the bane of my life. Worth every penny (like all the other plugins IMHO).

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Worth every penny! Keep it coming!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Instead of spending 30 minutes cleaning up a messy PDF file, I just had to press a button and that’s it! 🙂

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Used it once and it paid for itself!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    About Time!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This must be THE most useful Illustrator PlugIn ever! Kudos to the geniuses at Astute Graphics. This is finest engineering work.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    You guys really do make jawbreaking products

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a time saver! One click to check and another to fix all of the nasty issues I must deal with regularly. Could you possibly develop a plug-in that will do the same for my life…? …Thanks!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    How can you afford NOT to use this plugin? It is THAT Good !

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Drawing a lot of fun characters using Illustrator Draw, then sending them to Illustrator to be used in my main piece would be a nightmare to clean up without Vector First Aid—Illustrator Draw is a great addition to the toolset but it’s not very economical with anchor points—and now I can get perfect results with just a couple of clicks. Awesome.

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