[OS X TeX] Large Figure in Document? (and slow response of TeXShop)
loki at uchicago.edu
Mon Nov 21 06:37:20 EST 2005
On Nov 21, 2005, at 2:23 AM, Jung-Tsung Shen wrote:
> On 11/20/05, Bernhard Barkow <bb at creativeeyes.at> wrote:
>> On 21.11.2005, at 08:04, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>>> Eventually, I had to create JPEG versions (about 500 kB each) of
>>> the figures (I'm using pdfTeX or XeTeX) for working on the paper
>>> including them, and for creating its online version. It is only for
>>> printing the very final printout, and for sending the files to the
>>> publisher, that the EPS figures were useful. And yes, publishers
>>> generally do want EPS, not PDF!
>> What I forgot to mention in my last post: having Bitmaps as EPS files
>> is no problem, either uncompressed or with JPEG compression, binary
>> or ASCII, etc.
>> And more than 300dpi won't be resolved anyway by the human eye, so
>> there's no need vor vector graphics in these cases.
> Thanks again everyone for many helpful information and suggestions.
> Bernhard and Martin, I will send the figure to both of you to test. If
> increasing ram should help, I might go for it.
I would suggest that these days upgrading to 1GB of RAM is about the
most cost-effective thing
you can do to make your computing life easier, not only for
Illustrator but for everything. If you
don't have this much, you should. I'm typing this on an ancient G3
upgraded to a G4, and the
RAM boost did almost as much as the CPU change.
> Also, I adopted Bernhard's suggestion and used GraphicConverter (ah,
> an old friend who I hadn't seen for ages) to save each figure using
> JPEG compression and set as low resolution. The result is dramatic.
> Preview/TeXShop could render the figure almost immediately. Indeed the
> figures look a bit fuzzier, but it's totally worth it. I will try
> medium resolution later to see how it works. Each figure is around 180
> K after compression.
> I second Bruno's comments on Illustrator. When I was trying to
> add/move, say, an axis label, which has nothing to do with the data
> points at all, Illustrator still took ages to re-draw the figures. I
> made numerous mistakes due to this, not to say how much time I spent
> on just adding/moving a small label.
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