eps file format

What I don’t understand is why we need previews at all?
Is this because Microsoft software cannot display an eps file?
Why not? Isn’t that one of the easiest drivers to write?
Are they not adding eps format out of spite?

Mark

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FYI I don’t know what the current state of affairs was but I

looked into this a little bit about 5 or so years ago. Adobe has
a spec for what the preview image in an EPS file is suppose to be
(I can’t remember the details on what it is but you can google
for the EPS spec) but I don’t think anyone really followed it.

On Mac’s, everything produced a PICT image and on Windows
everything produced something else (I forget exactly what it
was). In short, at the time I checked it out, it was very
difficult to make a high quality preview image that would work

well on a Mac and a Windows box.

It would be nice if things were different now. We do a lot of
plotting that ends up in presentations and it would be nice if
you could embed an EPS in the presentation with a high quality

preview.

Ted

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Date: 28-sep-2006 14:04:55 -0700
From: “Christian Meesters” <meesters@…624…>

To: matplotlib-users@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: Re: [Matplotlib-users] eps file format

As for the preview header, I suspect there arte 3rd part tools

that

can do this (ImageMagick?). We should be able to do it
ourself with

agg, but it would require someone to dig in and figure out the
spec.

JDH
One last remark on this: Since so many journals demand this,

would it be worth

a feature request? (I don’t have the time nor the skills to work
on this.)
One may think of this as one wishes (don’t like these publishing
companies
and their demands, either), but matplotlib wants to enable its

users to

produce figures ready for publication, right?

Christian


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Sorry for replying so late - I was to a meeting for a few days.

As to your question: I have no idea WHY previews are needed. I only know they
are required by some publishers if you submit a paper to them (which was my
original reason for asking).

HTH
Christian

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On Monday 02 October 2006 21:51, Mark Bakker wrote:

What I don't understand is why we need previews at all?
Is this because Microsoft software cannot display an eps file?
Why not? Isn't that one of the easiest drivers to write?
Are they not adding eps format out of spite?
Mark