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Pre-press work and publication-quality graphs

Ploticus provides PostScript, EPS and SVG output formats for pre-press work and publication-quality graphs. This may be of interest to those who are preparing graphs for submission to journals and other publications.

PostScript or EPS graphics can be imported, viewed, and manipulated by packages such as Freehand, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Editing of individual graphical components can be done by opening the file in Illustrator; from there it can be copied into Freehand. If no edits are required, the file can be opened in Photoshop by specifying the resolution required (ie. by a journal), flatten it and save as a TIF (or just give the journal the EPS file).

The commonly available ps2pdf(1) utility can be used to convert postscript to PDF.

SVG is a newer vector format that is viewable by browsers and also suitable for editing and publication purposes. SVG uses high quality fonts and vector graphics. Apparently the SVG spec has become lower priority for many vendors and its future is uncertain.


Ploticus 2.42 ... May 2013 Terms of use / GPL