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

I think that we are in violent agreement that the EPS preview in
FrameMaker is terrible and need of improvement.  (8^)>

With regards to some of your points:

(1) High resolution TIFF preview is terribly expensive in space cost,
in many cases much higher than that of embedding EPS with regards to
document size.

(2) WMF does not fully support the imaging model.

        - Dov

At 11/27/2002 11:34 AM, Thomas Michanek wrote:
>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).
>- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
>Thomas Michanek, FrameMaker/UNIX/MIF expert

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