Re: Automating graphic updates

Subject: Re: Automating graphic updates
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:55:53 -0400

On Mar 15, 2012, at 10:35 AM, David Tinsley wrote:

> An example change is: We currently use a symbol that comprises a triangle with an exclamation mark in it. That symbol is replaced by the "open-book" symbol. I would like to be able to automate that update over every file.
> If anyone has any advice, ideas or experience I would appreciate your thoughts.

Maybe converting your graphics to SVG will help? SVG is an XML graphics format, and it can link to external bitmaps or other SVG files. So you could have each label with links to the triangle image, then use any text editor to find all "triangle.bmp" and replace with "open-book.bmp".

And Inkscape (the leading open-source SVG editor) can also batch-convert the SVG files to EPS for your printer, on the command line. So you'd still have that.

Hope this helps,

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