Re: Mac to PC Graphics Problems

Subject: Re: Mac to PC Graphics Problems
From: Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <tecscrib -at- SIRIUS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 1995 10:50:12 -0700

Robin Lewis McCloud writes:

>Does anyone know of a good graphics application to use, or do I have to
>return to the Mac environment to work on graphics? Or pull them up on Claris
>CAD and export them as a different kind of file? I would like to avoid that
>option, since there is only one Mac in our office now.

Robin, from what you describe in your posting, it sounds like you are
probably stuck doing just what you want most to avoid...reopening your
files in Claris CAD and exporting them into a standard format that most
PC-based graphics apps can read, such as PICT.

Unfortunately, the cut-and-paste method is probably the cause of Hijaak's
inability to ungroup the graphic. This has happened to me before (I work
on both platforms too) and I've discovered that in many cases, once the
links are broken, local editing is not reliable and the cut-and-paste
operation between applications treats the contents of the Clipboard as a
single ungrouped object.

The only solution I've found is to mimic the old platform's setup on the
new one: exporting the Mac graphics into a standard format and using a
Word-compatible graphics tool on the PC platform for editing and creation.
There are many Windows-based tools that allow the capability of
double-clicking on the embedded picture to open the source file within the
graphics app; two I've worked with are VISIO and PaintShop Pro, for
instance--although I'm not sure how they would fit the needs of a former
Claris CAD user.

Hope this helps.

Sarah Lee Bihlmayer

"God is in the details." --Frank Lloyd Wright
Sarah Lee Bihlmayer
Print and Online Documentation Specialist
Technical Writing * Technical/Developmental/Copy/Production Editing
Technical Illustration * Electronic Prepress * Graphic Design
POB 27901-312, San Francisco CA 94127 * 415-207-4046 * tecscrib -at- sirius -dot- com

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