I ordered a logo and I received AI file. I do not own Adobe Illustrator and it makes no sense for me to buy it as I am not a designer.
I can export it using online services which suites most of my needs. But I would like to do trivial modifications like scaling, cropping etc. Is there any free (budget) software where I can do such tasks with AI file?
I have already found this similar question: How to edit/export ai file without Illustrator
You can open AI files in Inkscape, an open-source vector graphics editor for free on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
What formats can Inkscape import/export?
Inkscape natively supports opening or importing SVG, SVGZ (gzipped SVG), PDF and Adobe
Illustrator (.ai) formats. And, as of version 0.91, Inkscape can
import CDR (CorelDraw) and VSD (Visio) natively.
Alternatively, you could always download a free trial of Adobe Illustrator.