Graphics formats for Word and problems printing from PDF

Subject: Graphics formats for Word and problems printing from PDF
From: Barbara Donohue <bdonohue -at- alum -dot- mit -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 11:00:26 -0500

Hi, folks,

It may sound primitive, but I work mostly in MSWord. I'm a freelancer, my clients don't have tech writers on staff, and nobody knows FrameMaker. Sometimes they have to make quick updates themselves and so need to have the docs in Word.

The clients sometimes print the docs (from PDFs) and sometimes distribute PDF files on CD. Sometimes both.

I've been having some problems with line-drawing graphics that come from a technical illustrator. She is presumably working in Illustrator. What format should she give me for placing the illustrations in the Word Doc. WMF? Or?

And photos - what format should they be in? JPEG? TIFF? PNG? I've been using JPEGs and they come out looking bad sometimes, even if fairly high resolution.

I'm also having issues with the current printer -- usually a printer tells me what settings to use for making a PDF she'll be printing from, but the current printer can't tell me, and has been complaining about the quality of the doc. Any idea how I could find out what the Distiller settings should be? I've tried "high quality print" preset selection & printer is still complaining.

Also, one doc when printed has some very fine vertical, parallel, broken lines that show up on the proof off the digital printing system on random pages. I'm baffled about this and think it must be the digital printing system.

Anybody have any ideas?


Barbara Donohue - The engineer who writes.
Turning technology into English.
Specializing in mechanical technologies.

Barbara Donohue
The engineer who writes. Turning technology into English.
bdonohue -at- alum -dot- mit -dot- edu
Specializing in mechanical technologies

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