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Re: Scanning, Saving, and cross-platform
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Scanning, Saving, and cross-platform
- From: A Gray <AmyxGray@AOL.COM>
- Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:47:13 EDT
- Message-Id: <199905151749.KAA20706@palimpsest.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
A couple of things about cross platform files:
It is generally very easy to get a Mac to read a PC file. The PC file
usually has enough info and Mac's are savvy about reading PC files anyway.
Vice-versa is more difficult.
PC's get the file information they need from the 3-digit extension at the end
of the file name, e.g. ".exe" for executable or ".tif" for TIFF file or
".eps" for encapsulated post-script, or ".jpg" for J.P.E.G. etc. So if you
save a Mac file for a PC you need to rename the file and append the 3 digit
extension to the it.
Nowadays although high-end graphics are still predominantly produced on Macs,
MANY are produced on PC's. Many service bureau's will have the capability to
read BOTH kinds of files- as well as read files that are saved in the major
graphic's applications- AND on different types of disk media (Zip disks, Jaz
cartridges, CD's, floppies, etc.) So, I don't think it's really much to
worry about. I agree that you should definitely call the service bureau
you're planning on using to see what they prefer. And although Tif is a good
safe bet, EPS is probably as well- since it's the language the printers often
use to convert pixels to print.
Probably more info than you'd were interested in, but just fyi.