I'm having a little probleme here,

I have some illustrator artwork (drawn letters, BUT NOT TEXT), and when I import it from either .swf or .ai formats, the letters all come in as separate objects.

This is a hassle, it's impossible to line them up exactly the way thay are supposed to be.

In illustrator, the letters (again, they are artwork, not text) are completely grouped.

What am I missing here?