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Annotating Mathematica EPS files with Illustrator

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  • Subject: [mg46508] Annotating Mathematica EPS files with Illustrator
  • From: kc144 at (Kevin Gross)
  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 22:58:43 -0500 (EST)
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Hi folks,

I know that some of you annotate Mathematica EPS graphics using Adobe
Illustrator.  How are you able to do that while
(1) using the Mathematica fonts and font combinations (e.g. the greek
letter nu with a tilde on top, i.e. from the front end, type <ESC> nu
<ESC> <CTRL 7> ~)
(2) automatically preserving the bounding box info?

I'm looking for any tips that can be used to have Mathematica output a
high-quality EPS file that can be imported by and annotated in
Illustrator and subsequently conversion to PDF.  I obtained
Illustrator and Distiller for this purpose, but the long story below
details my unsuccessful trip down this path.



---The long story---
Mathematica 5 on Mac OSX (10.3.2)
Adobe Illustrator CS (11.0)
Adobe Distiller (6.0.1)

I exported a Mathematica graphic as an EPS file with the fonts
embedded, which can be found here:
It was converted to PDF using (image viewer that ships w/
OSX) and is found here:

I can open the EPS file using Illustrator, but parentheses, minus
signs and greek text don't show up properly.  This seems odd as
Illustrator can see the Mathematica fonts. (For those who speak Mac
OSX: Mathematica.dfont installed in ~/Library/Fonts and the fonts are
accessible from within Illustrator).  Opening the PDF is slightly
better, but nu with a tilde on top shows up as a question mark.

Then I thought Illustrator would be happy if it opened up a PDF
created by its cousin Distiller.  The resulting PDF file has the right
fonts, but now the bounding box is wrong.  I'm using the Standard
presets for Distiller which, according to the documentation, uses the
%%BoundingBox comment to determine the page size of the PDF.  Opening
this PDF in Illustrator still gives a question mark for the nu with a
tilde on top.

I also tried the same excercise but with an EPS file that did not
include the Mathematica fonts.  Import to Illustrator resulted in
Courier being substituted for many characters.  Why when it can see
the Mathematica fonts?  Distiller correctly picks up the Mathematica fonts but still
has the bounding box issue and nu-tilde still shows up as a question
mark.  ARG!

And even if I get this font problem resolved, it looks as if I'll need
to manually set the page dimensions from within Illustrator. I assumed
that by opening the EPS file, the canvas size would be automatically
set to what was in the %%BoundingBox comment.

So is this a problem with the Mathematica-generated postscript file or
did the Adobe, the authors of postscript, supply flakey PS parsers in
their Illustrator and Distiller programs?  Or have I completely missed

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