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

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Jul 3 08:07:06 EDT 2006

On Jul 2, 2006, at 1:36 AM, Ross Moore wrote:

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

I dunno if ``requires'' is the word I'd use here, ``allows'' maybe.

> 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.

If you distill to a .pdf and place that you'll get a nice sharp  
rendering, like to what one gets in NeXTstep when placing a .eps  
('cept that Illustrator back then couldn't place a .eps). This will  
not re-draw as quickly as the lousy bitmap preview however.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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