Re: PDF image quality challenge

Subject: Re: PDF image quality challenge
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:44:36 -0700

You resolved that issue? What was the fix?

On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io> wrote:
>>It sounds like Flare is inappropriately resizing images for PDF.
>
> Something is up in Flare. Like I previously mentioned, I never encountered
> such a problem in either FrameMaker or Word.
>
> I need to work on content now, so I'll revisit this problem over the
> weekend.
>
> On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>wrote:
>
>> From the Creating Single Source Images topic in Flare's help:
>>
>> "The typical DPI setting for images displayed in an Internet browser
>> is usually somewhere between 72 and 96. The DPI is automatically set
>> for online output when you capture the image, depending on the
>> computer that you are using. However, the DPI setting for printed
>> output often needs to be higher (say, 300 DPI). "
>>
>> Actually, a dpi somewhere around 72 to 96 (comparable to the
>> resolution of computer displays) is the setting that will make screen
>> captures easily readable in printed output and 100% zoom in Acrobat.
>>
>> The same 72-96 dpi is also good for browsers since you're viewing the
>> screen shot on a screen of roughly that resolution.
>>
>> It sounds like Flare is inappropriately resizing images for PDF.
>>
>>
>> http://webhelp.madcapsoftware.com/flare9/Default.htm#Images/Creating_Single_Source_Images.htm
>>
>> On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Shawn C <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io> wrote:
>> > Hello all,
>> >
>> > My first attempt at a new thread. Please be kind.
>> >
>> > I already posted a similar message to the MadCap forum so the purpose of
>> > this message is to explore this as a broader issue and hopefully discover
>> > some best practices.
>> >
>> > I am a brand-new (1 month) user of MadCap Flare, but a long time Adobe
>> > FrameMaker and Microsoft Word technical writer. Recently, I have
>> > encountered major issues with images when publishing a Flare project to a
>> > PDF file. The problem is that, at less than 100% zoom level, images are
>> > oddly pixelated (badly rendered).To add some clarity, my images are
>> > generally inserted at slightly greater than 300 DPI. So, I am using
>> > slightly higher than normal resolution... maintaining a balance of file
>> > size vs image quality considerations.
>> >
>> > I don't recall running into such image problems under Word or FrameMaker
>> so
>> > my finger is pointing is pointing at Flare.
>> >
>> > After some experimentation, I found that by integrating GhostScript with
>> > Flare, I can use .eps [vector] images, the results are images that render
>> > perfect at all zoom levels, inside a PDF.
>> >
>> > Part 1 of 2 solved! That is because the .eps format will obviously only
>> > work on vector friendly images, like our corporate logo. Now, what do I
>> do
>> > about screen captures? Screen captures are a very important part of my
>> > documentation. Any thoughts?
>> >
>> >
>> > Thank you,
>> > --
>> > Shawn Connelly
>> > technical writer
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
> --
> Shawn Connelly
> technical writer
> <http://convergent.io> <shawn -at- convergent -dot- io>
>
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