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Postscript Camera-Ready Copy (from Nicholas Georgakopoulos)

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  • Subject: [mg48987] Postscript Camera-Ready Copy (from Nicholas Georgakopoulos)
  • From: "ng" <removethisgeorgakopoulos at mindspring.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 17:52:34 -0400 (EDT)
  • Reply-to: "ng" <georgakopoulosNOSPAM at LETSSTOPGETTINGSPAMmindspring.com>
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Dear all:

Help: How can I give to a publisher a Word file with graphics that use
Times-Roman and do not have jagged curves?

I am trying to provide the publisher of a book of mine with "camera ready
copy". This, seems to mean in the language of typesetters that they will
print my file on their high-definition printers and then produce the book
from the resulting printout, without typesetting it again. The text of the
book is in Word and, so far, the graphics are imported from Mathematica 4.1.
When I print it on my printer the text looks great, but the graphics suffer.

From Mathematica, I export the graphics to a file by using the metafile
format:
Display[ filename, graphicname, "Metafile", options ]    . Here, if I had
not turned it Off[], Mathematica would warn me with the error message
"Display::pserr" that it is substituting the Utopia font for Times-Roman.

Then, in Word, I use the menu /import /picture /from file. I have written a
macro in Word that loops through all boxes in the graphic and changes any
Utopia fonts to Times-Roman, which partly cures the font substitution
problem. However, the curves remain jagged. Also, if a graphic has text that
has mathematical symbols that should line up with the textual symbols, they
do not.

I searched the archives and it seems that I cannot avoid this substitution
unless I find Times-Roman "type 1"(?) font definitions to convert and add,
something that seems daunting. The font of the graphics for the book must be
Times-Roman, however.

One more important defect in the graphics is that curves are jagged, while I
would have liked a postscript definition of a curving line that would be
rendered with the resolution of the high-definition printer. Lesser problems
are that dashing lines and dots are memory hogs, because they are exported
as multiple elements. Each segment of the dashing line is a line, and each
dot is composed of numerous smaller dots while I would have liked a single
line defined as dashing, and a single point, with the specified size.

It might be relevant for me to say that during a re-installation of
Mathematica, I received an error warning, "InstallFonts". It sounds as if
this might mean that I could change an option in the preferences notebook
(but not the location of the font files; that location is correct as
specified in the Preferences notebook!). Perhaps the change would point to
some font-related tool that might solve the font-substitution problem.
Perhaps Mathematica 5 does not have these problems, in which case I will
upgrade in a heartbeat. Then again, perhaps my new installation was not
truly a clean one because traces of previous installations of Mathematica
remained in the Registry. I did try to rename all folders named
"Mathematica" to "Mathematica_Old" but maybe that was not enough either.

Help! Solutions? Any work-arounds?

Thanks. Please copy answers to me directly at the address below. The
auto-reply address is spam-avoiding fiction.

Nicholas
ngeorgak at iupui dot edu


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