Adobe Illustrator files up through AI8 are indeed PostScript (you can edit them with a text editor).
That's interesting .... you can view them in xpdf, but you can't view straight postscript files in xpdf. So there's also something else going on, too ... more inwestigation needed, maybe.
Font substitution never really works right because the metrics for the fonts won't match, so they won't display as the file creator anticipated.
I think you are right but why that is an issue here puzzles me. Document created in Word on Windows box. Print to PostScript file. PS file displays okay on Windows and Irix both. Convert to pdf using Ghostscript on Irix (remotely, actually) and pdf looks good on both Windows and Irix. Now, try to combine with some other pdf files, PhotoSnotty refuses to combine pdf's not made by Adobe so open the pdf in PhotoSnot and save. That creates the pdf as a PhotoSnot pdf. Now it suddenly looks like crap on Irix. Still looks okay on Wind0ws but if you look close, not as
sharp. It also looks like poop when you print.
I am not sure why there would be any font substitution going on anyhow ? Unless Ghostscript is substituting a different font and doing a good job, then when it goes back to PShop, Adobe decides to substitute a different one and does a bad job ?
PDF can embed fonts, which solves that problem.
Yes. But if you use three dbcs fonts and one or two roman letter fonts, you've suddenly got a 50 megabyte single page. Not acceptable
This entire font thing is kind of messy, imo. There must be fifty fonts installed on each machine, out of which I bet we use five. Most of them should go into the garbage ... some really yucky stuff gets installed by default.
BUT if you convert the problem text to outlines then the PS file will be immune to font issues. I always did this when sending print jobs to service bureaus
Have done this. It's not as nice as actually using the fonts but if you aren't certain that your recipient will have Chinese installed, the only safe way is to convert the entire page to a graphical format and use it as a picture. I've even printed and scanned a page to get there because occasionally that gives the clearest results ...
thanks for your input !
Okay le, problem is a mistake on my part. A wrapup in case anyone in the future struggles with this issue :
Problem is, we use several apps on two operating systems to create documents. Framemaker, Nedit, two versions of PhotoShop and Illustrator on two operating systems, Amazon Paint, Showcase, imgview, Word, Pro/e, you name it. As anyone who has tried it knows, moving anything back and forth is a bitch. Even on one platform with one supplier (hi Adobe !) lots of times pieces will not translate correctly.
If you stick to one application per page, this works good : print each page to a separate PostScript file. Then you can do a cover in Illustrator, mess with your graphics in PShop or whatever, use Framemaker for the body, make your back cover in Illustrator from the other o.s., use whatever tool that is most convenient. It's not perfect because sometimes you'd like to just drop an Illustrator graphic into Framemaker without losing the vector resizing ability but it's livable.
What I was doing wrong is, at this point I'd convert to pdf and save the pdf. Hey, "portable document format" right ? And it's fast and easy to look at a pdf, has all the advantages of a postscript file for printing, and so on ? pdf is the modern !
way to do things ! Much more convenient !
Apparently not. I was trying to manipulate pdf's in PhotoShop (it's convenient) but PhotoShop CS2 butchers them in the process. Correct approach is to save a pdf for viewing and also save the Postscript file. Postscript is a language, it has all the commands necessary to arrange the pages in whatever order, size and orientation you need. When finishing up the document create a multi-page Postscript file using Postscript commands first
, then use Ghostscript ps2pdf to create the final pdf if you need one for viewing.
Viola, cello, and double bass, Bob's yer uncle. Nice clean sharp pdf just the way grandma ordered. For printing, skip the last step and print direct from the Postscript file.
This process does make me wonder what good Word and Open Orfice are ... to be blunt, they are both crap for any kind of page layout. Get everything just the way you want (well, that's actually impossible. You can't make Word do exactly what you want. You are lucky to get close) then notice a spelling mistake or change a word. Poof !
There goes your page, half the graphics just went three pages down and everything else is spread all over the floor. If you are lucky you can back up a step or two and get it back ... but even that doesn't always work. So if Word (and to be fair Open Orfice is exactly the same or maybe even worse) is not good at page layout and we all know it's stupidly complex for simple text documents, what the hell is the point ? If Nedit is much more suitable for a letter to Mom and InDesign or Pagemaker or Scribus (have to try all three) should be the correct app for doing print work, where does Word/OO fit in ? Too clunky for one, can't do the other, seems like a fish in a balloon to me.
Anyway, now to work on color correction in Irix .....
afterthought : In a way, it's kind of sad that you get better quality and probably less work by using a 19th century letterpress for this task ... labor-saving, unh-hunh.