- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg63051] PDF/Illustrator Oddity
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 22:25:24 -0500 (EST)
- Organization: Stanford University
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I'd appreciate any educational words on the following PDF/Illustrator oddity: I create a more or less full screen table of text and numbers using Mathematica running under Mac OS 10.3.9; set Page Setup to Portrait; select the table; and print it to PDF using Print Selection and Save as PDF. If I open the resulting PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, it looks fine. However I want to touch it up a bit, so I open the same PDF file in Adobe Illustrator CS 11.0. First thing that happens is a dialog box pops up: Illustrator PDF: Warnings This document contains PDF objects that have been reinterpreted. To preserve appearance, some text has been outlined. OK Cancel I click OK, the document opens, it looks OK -- but if I Select All (cmd-A) the Info palette says the document is 125 X 125 inches in size. On the other hand if I select an invisible box that contains only the stuff visible on screen, inside the artboard, the Info palette says it's 9.6 X 7.5 inches, which is about right. Also, it appears that every single text character or digit in every word or number on screen is now a separately selectable object (which is not a problem, for me anyway, but interesting). So, I do a little editing -- change colors of some of the text, etc -- then Save or Save As the document as a new Adobe PDF file, and open the new file in Acrobat. Document Size is now 125 inches square; entire table is now a tiny object on screen; I have to go to 1000% magnification to even see it (after I find it). The workaround -- discovered after considerable hassle -- is: Upon opening the PDF for the first time in Illustrator and seeing its size as 125 X 125 inches, use the Select >> Object >> Clipping Masks menu command and delete whatever it is that is thereby selected (much of it apparently off screen) using cmd-X. If you then do a Select All (cmd-A), the Info box now says 9.6 X 7.5 inches, and all is well from then on. And for any Mathematica gurus who may have gotten this far down: I can Export graphics objects (Plots, etc) directly to PDF files just fine. Any way to Export a Table to a PDF file under notebook control?