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Re: Export PDF plot or Save Selection As -- big troubles with Illustrator
On 6/27/08 at 6:18 AM, siegman at stanford.edu (AES) wrote: >In article <g3vkrr$kes$1 at smc.vnet.net>, >Bill Rowe <readnews at sbcglobal.net> wrote: >>On 6/25/08 at 6:29 AM, siegman at stanford.edu (AES) wrote: >>>Any idea what's happening here??? Seems fair to call this a bug >>>-- somebody's not doing right by the PDF format. But, an Adobe >>>bug or a Wolfram bug? >>Well given two Adobe products treat the same file in different ways >>from your description, I would say this is a problem with Adobe >>rather than Wolfram. I don't have Illustrator to test this further. >Maybe, maybe not. I have used these two Adobe products jointly on >many, many graphics files, and they have always worked superbly >together. There could be some bad PDF code in the document at issue, >and one product manages to work around it while the other >doesn't. (Two different software apps should handle a properly formatted >document the same, but nothing says what either of them must do with >a badly formatted document.) Certainly there is no guarantees what any software will do when opening a badly formatted document. One would hope the software would at least give the user something that would clearly indicate the software was encountering what it sees as a badly formatted document. But having said that, the ability for two software programs to work well together written by the same company does not in any way imply the results you are getting from opening PDF files from a third are badly formatted or that the bug (assuming there is one) is in the third program. Without access to the source code of Illustrator, Acrobat, Mathematica and the problematic file there is no way for me to know precisely the source of the problem you are encountering. Simple logic suggests if two or more software programs independently created can deal correctly with the file, and one program cannot, the likely source of the problem is the odd man out. And from your description that is Illustrator. Note, this reasoning is far from ironclad. But more times than not, the program producing the odd result is the place to look for the source of the problem.