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RE: Problem importing wmf files

In my extensive tests, I have found the direct WMF, EMF, CGM,
and EPS export features of Visio, including the latest version,
to be buggier than an entomology labs and with more errors than
an early Mets game! In none of these formats is text handled
correctly. That is exactly why I recommend the roundabout
method of EPS generation via export from PDF in Acrobat.

        - Dov

At 5/28/2003 09:16 AM, Jim Stauffer wrote:
>I've always exported Visio drawings as WMF or EMF, then imported into Frame. These meta file formats are quasi-vector so they scale OK, and they can be re-imported back into Visio. This has worked well for both viewing and printing PDFs. Are there any known drawbacks with these formats?
>Jim Stauffer
>Sr. Technical Writer
>Sunnyvale, CA


>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dov Isaacs [mailto:isaacs@Adobe.COM]
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 11:25 AM
>> To: Gresham, Kathleen 000
>> Cc: framers@frameusers.com; framers@omsys.com
>> Subject: RE: Problem importing wmf files
>> GIF files are typically low resolution raster images limited
>> to 256 distinct colors. They may display well in FrameMaker
>> and maybe even on screen in a PDF. But with any scaling and/or
>> rotation and in many cases for printing, GIF images look
>> lousy, especially for any objects in same that were originally
>> text or vector graphics.
>> The extra work, as ugly as it may be, is well worth it.
>> When they work, live OLE links may also be used.
>>         - Dov
>> At 5/27/2003 10:43 AM, Gresham, Kathleen 000 wrote:
>> >Dov & everyone
>> >
>> >I have always just saved Visio drawings as Graphic 
>> Interchange Format (.GIF) files. I have never had a problem 
>> importing them into FrameMaker and later saving the FM doc as 
>> a PDF file. 
>> >
>> >My preference would be just to do all the drawings in 
>> FrameMaker, so they remain editable, but I often work with 
>> people who have only Visio.
>> >
>> >GIF files are small, and they seem to reproduce well. I 
>> guess I'm missing something here. Why would you go through 
>> all those extra steps (saving to PDF, converting to EPS, 
>> etc.) when you can just save the Visio file as a GIF (or 
>> JPEG, in certain circumstances...or PNG)? 
>> >
>> >Thanks
>> >
>> >Kathleen Gresham
>> >Technical Publishing Consultant
>> >Comsys

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