Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Importing PDF Files

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by Applied Graphics, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. Applied Graphics

    Applied Graphics Member

    40
    0
    0
    Feb 17, 2004
    I am using Gerber Omega 2.1 with Windows 98SE and can't import
    PDF files into the program. What can I do? Buying Illustrator CS is
    not an option as it isn't supported by SE. Any other ideas?

    Thanks,
    Steve Shearer
    Applied Graphics
    Cody, Wyoming
     
    Tags:
  2. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    20,121
    200
    63
    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    I have had mixed success importing PDF fles into Omega 2.1 on Windows 98SE. Mostly successful. You are best off looking at the file in Adobe Reader prior to importing in Omega so you know what you're looking for and, in the case of multi-page PDF's, which page it is on.

    I more often open the PDF in Adobe Illustrator 10, which does run on Win 98, and save what I need from there. Coreldraw also opens PDF files.

    The thing to bear in mind is that Omega will have the same limitations in reading an Omega unsupported effect in a PDF file that it has in reading it in an EPS or AI file. If someone uses, for example, a gradient mesh in Illustrator and saves it as a PDF, Omega will struggle with it. But the same will be true if it is saved as an EPS.
     
  3. vid

    vid Very Active Member

    1,440
    3
    38
    Jun 11, 2003
    California
    I'll preface this with the fact that I don't know nuthin' about Windows or Omega.

    bbbbbuuuut back in the olden days, working on a Mac platform, I would print problem files to a postscript file. Of course, the resulting PS file was built based on how well the printer would interpret the orginal document. Simple stuff, could usually be gleaned from the PS file in a graphics program. I would rebuild the more complicated stuff. ...and fonts are always an issue.

    Is that possible on a Windows machine?... When I try that trick at work (on a WinTel machine), I just get a PRN file. I'm woking on the assumption that all laser printers are postscript.

    But again, I don't know nuthin' about nuthin'... just throwin' out bones....

    best,
    vid
     
  4. xtremegraphics

    xtremegraphics Member

    277
    0
    0
    Jul 22, 2005
    Coreldraw 12 will work great for your PDF Files.. and I think it will be the cheapest to purchase!
     
  5. quicksignguy

    quicksignguy Member

    31
    0
    0
    Jun 23, 2004
    In some cases you may be able to open the file in Photoshop and save as TIF or other more acceptable format. Just watch when opening that you tell it what target resolution you want and preferred color specs (RGB, CMYK etc.). It's worked for us on the printing (I'm a commercial printer by trade) end of things, and saved many headaches.

    Dave
     
  6. Tony Teveris

    Tony Teveris Active Member

    Steve you can send me the file and I'll send you an Omega 2.1 PLT file. I'm out of the office today but will be in the rest of the week.
     
  7. Applied Graphics

    Applied Graphics Member

    40
    0
    0
    Feb 17, 2004
    Thank you all for your suggestions. I know that upgrading my operating
    system to Windows XP is the way to go, but by doing so I would
    have to buy a new scanner; paper printer; CorelDraw, etc. At this point
    it is too cost prohibitive to do all.
    Tony: I know that you can convert this file for me, but that won't cure my problem on the next one I get though I really do appreciate the efforts on this.

    Thanks,
    Steve Shearer
     
  8. Derf

    Derf Very Active Member

    I hate to say it but you must up grade or you will start having more and more of these of problems as time goes on.
     
  9. Bobby H

    Bobby H Very Active Member

    1,447
    13
    38
    Feb 4, 2005
    Lawton, OK
    If you're not afraid of the learning curve, you could download a copy of Ghostscript and the GS Viewer. There are a number of Ghostscript based scripts for opening Acrobat PDF files and converting them over to EPS .ps files. Even if you can figure out how to use the program you can still get some strange results.

    The best bet for opening PDFs by far is using a recent version of Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator CS2 beat the pants off anything else I've seen for opening PDFs into an editable environment.
     
  10. Cadmn

    Cadmn Very Active Member

    2,859
    0
    0
    Aug 19, 2005
    abbyfine Makes about ten different products to handle pdfs & I think they are alomg the less expensive line & most can be dld for demo use before you gotta shell out the cold hard cash for those of us not born with Gold spoons in our .......................lives yes I contained myself.
     
  11. SteveB

    SteveB New Member

    18
    0
    0
    Oct 1, 2004
    If you were running XP SignLab P&C Thermal would be an option - Brings PDF's in sweet, does lots of other nice stuff too that's not possible in Omega. It's not perfect & not cheap but runs real nice on a beefy pc running XP Pro. I couldn't deal with running Win 98 all day. You deserve a medal. Steve.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2005
  12. Applied Graphics

    Applied Graphics Member

    40
    0
    0
    Feb 17, 2004
    Thank you all for your advice. I've decided that it's time to get modern and
    upgrade my total system. I should have it up and running within a couple of weeks so hopefully these types of problems will be eliminated.

    Thanks again,
    Steve Shearer
    Applied Graphics
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...