[OS X TeX] Alternative Method of Labeling Figures with Illustrator

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Sun Jul 2 01:36:27 EDT 2006

Hi Gary, Bruno, and others.

On 02/07/2006, at 2:51 AM, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Jul 1, 2006, at 9:05 AM, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>> I experienced similar problems with Plot3D graphics created in  
>> Mathematica using PlotPoints -> {601, 601}. The graphics saved to  
>> EPS from within Mathematica were about 25 MB each, becoming 50 MB  
>> after addition of axis labels in Illustrator then saving as EPS.  
>> Attempting to move a label in Illustrator (with the mouse) caused  
>> Illustrator to become unresponsive for more than 30 s, and then it  
>> took it several minutes to redraw the graphics; it's only then  
>> that you could figure out where your mouse gesture had finally  
>> positioned the label. Useless!
> Hi Bruno.
> When I have to edit Mathematica figures like this, I use Outline  
> rather than Preview mode (under the View menu). It makes a big  
> difference.

Also, you can   Place...  (File menu) a linked file,
which requires no editing.

This avoids the file-size bloating that otherwise occurs
when Illustrator tries to make an editable Object out
of every graphic element in the Mathematica-generated
file  (e.g. each of ~1 million separate points or
thousands of line segments or polygons).

Of course this may not let you see what is *in* the linked
image, so placing labels over it may not be so easy.
But you do get the immediate response, desired when adding
and moving new graphic elements.

> -- Gary

Hope this helps,


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