Issue 61182 - use postscript interpreter where available
Summary: use postscript interpreter where available
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of issue 14163
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 1 vote (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: requirements
QA Contact: issues@framework
Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2006-01-26 10:03 UTC by meod
Modified: 2006-01-27 14:11 UTC (History)
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Description meod 2006-01-26 10:03:38 UTC
I'm referring to issue 53503 
When I load an .eps image file into my document, and print to a postscript
printer, the eps file is embedded and prints correctly.
When I choose PDF export, the embedded eps preview is shown in the PDF instead
and when the PDf is printed, the embedded eps preview is printed instead of the
actual eps.

This was turned down because OOo does not have a builtin postscript interpreter. 
However, if there is a ps interpreter available on the platform (as is the case 
on most Linux boxes and on a lot of Win installations I know), it should be 

Using eps images is still the number one choice if you want to include high-
quality (vector) graphics, say: diagrams for scientific publications and the 
like, which are produced by some plot program or other.

Up to now, you have to 'print' the document with a postscript converter to a 
file (again, standard on Linux or available for free from Adobe for Win) and 
then call the ps->pdf converter manually to get said high-quality output. This 
renders the nice pdf-export feature included in OOo quite useless, sorry to say 
Comment 1 thorsten.martens 2006-01-26 10:52:38 UTC
TM->requirements: Please have a look, thanks !
Comment 2 lohmaier 2006-01-26 23:34:26 UTC
already implemented.

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 9290 ***
Comment 3 lohmaier 2006-01-26 23:41:36 UTC
closing duplicate.
Comment 4 meod 2006-01-27 09:11:37 UTC
Issue 9290 is about converting eps -> emf or eps -> png to provide a preview.

This issue goes beyond: it's about eps -> pdf. Aim: provide proper vector 
graphics in exported pdf instead of potentially ugly and big (in terms of file 
size) bitmap. 

So why not use the emf preview from issue 9290, it's a vector format as well? In 
my experience, the conversion eps -> emf will produce poor results in most cases 
(speaking of line style and thickness, font type, circles ending up as something 
quite like but not entirely a circle...).

I think an additional conversion step upon exporting as pdf is necessary to 
produce high quality and low footprint results (possibly using the preview 
obtained from 9290 as a fallback).
Comment 5 lohmaier 2006-01-27 14:09:26 UTC
> Issue 9290 is about converting eps -> emf or eps -> png to provide a preview.


> This issue goes beyond: it's about eps -> pdf.

It is not beyond I guess. Since the preview is used in the exported pdf. (and
when printing to non-postscript printers)
This is the solution that is already present and works pretty well.

The "real" solution, to "embed eps natively" is another issue that is referenced
from issue 9290 as well. 

*** This issue has been marked as a duplicate of 14163 ***
Comment 6 lohmaier 2006-01-27 14:11:01 UTC
closing duplicate again.