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Re: Annotating Mathematica EPS files with Illustrator

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  • Subject: [mg46555] Re: Annotating Mathematica EPS files with Illustrator
  • From: "Joshua A. Solomon" <J.A.Solomon at>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 22:33:37 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <c16ln5$5n3$>
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The Classic version of PageMaker works nicely. PowerPoint too.


On 21/2/04 4:10 am, in article c16ln5$5n3$1 at, "Kevin Gross"
<kc144 at> wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks,
> Kevin
> ---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
> something?

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