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Sticky Previews? Mathematica Export, Illustrator, and Textures

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  • Subject: [mg30662] Sticky Previews? Mathematica Export, Illustrator, and Textures
  • From: aes <siegman at>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 20:32:36 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: Stanford University
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There appears to be something odd that goes on with  Mathematica, 
Illustrator, Textures, and image previews.

1)  I create a Mathematica notebook which creates a simple plot and 
Exports it to HD in EPS format under file name "testPlot".  Also create 
a Textures TeX source file which imports this image file and displays it 

   \special{illustration testPlot scaled 1000}

(Textures is Blue Sky's very nice implementation of TeX for the 

2)  Run the Mathematica notebook:  "testPlot" file appears on HD, with an Mathematica 

3)  Typeset the Textures source file, and print the typeset file.  Image 
does not display in typeset window on screen, but does print OK, as 

3)  Open "testPoot" file in Illustrator (7.0), make no changes, just 
immediately Save As Illustrator EPS  under same name with "Create 
thumbnail" option checked.    testPlot icon changes to Illustrator icon.

4)  Run the unchanged Textures source file: image now appears in typeset 
document on screen and prints OK.

5)  Re-run the Mathematica notebook, re-creating and re-exporting the same plot 
under same name:  "testPlot' icon on HD changes back to Mathematica icon.

6)  Re-run Textures source file:  image *continues* to appear in typeset 
window on screen, and prints OK. 

7)  Quit Textures, then re-open Textures and Textures source file and 
again re-run it:  image *still* appears on screen, as well as printing 

8)  Go to Mathematica notebook, change the plot (add another curve to it), 
Export changed plot, but under same name.

9)  Re-run Textures source file:  The *old* (original) plot still 
appears on screen, but the *new* (changed) plot prints.

10)  Quit Textures; re-open and re-run Textures source file:  Textures 
typeset document *still* displays the *old* image on screen, but prints 
the *new* changed document.

I suppose the most reasonable interpretation of this is that, however 
the Mathematica Export command handles the re-creating of a HD file, the preview 
image created by Illustrator somehow "sticks" to the re-created file -- 
and the old preview even sticks to a new, changed EPS file.  However, 
that's beyond my level of computer expertise.

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