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Re: The Age-Old Illustrator-to-Frame Question (and Gripe)

From: "Dov Isaacs" <isaacs@adobe.com>
> My posting was primarily to clarify why it appeared that FrameMaker
> did indeed have an Illustrator import filter and what the problem
> is with regards to EPS.

I understand and respect that, and I simply took the opportunity
to raise the issue to another level, so to speak. I of course
appreciate all the technical knowledge you give to the readers
of both framers mailing lists!
> Clearly, Adobe does recognize that higher quality preview of EPS
> content is necessary. Newer applications, such as InDesign in fact
> do include the overhead of integrating full PostScript and PDF
> interpretation within the program itself. It does, of course, come
> with an overhead cost.

I think that overhead is too high. As I said, I think it's a better
idea to improve the EPS preview by using higher-resolution TIFF or WMF
(or to give new life to the Display PostScript solution :-)
That comes with a file-size overhead, of course, but you should be
able to control the quality of the preview in the graphics software.

I'm importing EPS vector images created by Illustrator 9 in my work,
and it's quite clear the bitmap preview export could be improved.
I often get "blotchy" previews in FM that is worse than even a low-
resolution screendump of the image displayed in Illustrator.
Compare this with the bitmap version you get if you drag-and-drop
a vector image from Illustrator to FrameMaker (which is a huge BMP,
I think, but you get the idea).

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Thomas Michanek, FrameMaker/UNIX/MIF expert
Technical Writer, Uppsala, Sweden
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