From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Chisholm)
Subject: Re: Graphics Quality...jpg, png, tiff
Date: 10 Jan 2003 07:22:04 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: 10 Jan 2003 15:22:04 GMT
(This is more a comment to elicit discussion than a suggested
I don't make "slick" documentation like User Guides, Service Manuals,
etc but I occasionally do technical reports, memos, design review
material, etc for transient internal use. Sometimes I want to include
a segment of a schematic, waveform, or plot from programs like Cadence
Capture, Matlab, or LTSpice.
Usually I "export" it by printing to one of our Postscript printers
(various HP Laserjets, or a Canon copier) but do a "Print to file."
rather than actually sending to the printer. The result is an ASCII
file of commands in the Postscript programming language - essentially
a vector format that preserves lines as lines. With a little practice
it's easy to alter a few lines of code to get the scaling, aspect
ratio, rotation, line styles, etc I want in the final document. Then
I use GSView/Ghostscript to convert it to PNG and import to WORD or
PowerPoint. The process is a little long, but not really difficult
and the folks I work for are impressed by the appearance of the
graphics (which is sometimes more important than the technical
content, or occasionally camouflages the technical content).
Jim Weir wrote in message news:...
> With a couple of proprietary drafting packages (CM2K and Autosketch), I can only
> save images easily by "printing" them to .pdf and then going in to Acrobat and
> exporting them as jpg, png, or tiff formats.
> Presuming that I care less about file size (hard disks being dimes per meg these
> days), which of these formats should I use to preserve the maximum amount of
> detail in the image (some grayscale, some color)?
> One additional constraint is that I'm going to take whatever format I have and
> import it into Paintshop and save it as a bmp for import into my owner's
> Suggestions appreciated.