From: Spehro Pefhany
Subject: Re: Graphics Quality...jpg, png, tiff
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Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 16:35:33 GMT
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On 10 Jan 2003 07:22:04 -0800, the renowned firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale
>(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
That's a somewhat hard way, but it works (and requires no additional
money for programs!). I did things like that for years. You can also
use Illustrator to open a PS file and manipulate it in that program,
and then export it either as a bitmap or in a vector format.
I don't fiddle much with raw PS anymore for everyday manuals, though
sometimes it's useful to spit out PS from a C program to get just what
you want, or to do step and repeat. I created an artwork for checks
(cheques) that had thousands of tiny halftone logos on it. The
Imagesetter operator cancelled my job twice before I convinced him
that a 2K file could really take a few minutes to ouput (really to
execute, as PS is a real programming language). ;-)
(BTW, Illustrator has the stupidest way of creating arrays that I've
ever seen in any program)
>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).
Ha! A variation on the "if you can't make it good, make it RED"
"it's the network..." "The Journey is the reward"
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