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How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: July 08, 2008 03:44PM
I have a bunch o fplots saved under EPS. I need to get in there and relabel the axis and do a few other things. I do not have access to the original data nor the program that created it. Is this information available in the EPS file? EPS is all text so I suspect it is there somewhere.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 08, 2008 03:51PM
Distill the .eps file and then edit them in Acrobat?
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 08, 2008 04:03PM
EPS (Encapulated PostScript) is the file type for Adobe Illustrator. If you can temporarily avail yourself of a computer with Illustrator installed you should be able to edit the files.



It is what it is.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: July 08, 2008 04:04PM
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C(-)ris
Distill the .eps file and then edit them in Acrobat?
Editing text (or anything really) in Acrobat is one of the more painful things one can do to oneself. Specialized software aside, Illustrator is probably the can opener of choice for EPS files; still not perfect for files not created in Illustrator but usually enough to get you from A t o B. And of course there's always the possibility of font issues. And if the file is a raster EPS and not a vector file Illustrator won't do you much good.

One other possibility is a program called PDF Pen. I haven't tried myself, but one or two people I trust seem to like it a lot.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/08/2008 04:07PM by Blankity Blank.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: July 08, 2008 05:13PM
*IF* the fixes are as simple as changing text, you can just open the file in a text editor, carefully search and replace for the text string, and then save it again with the proper extension. However, if you need to move something or change the style/lineweight/color, it gets a little more complicated.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: GrumpyOldMan
Date: July 08, 2008 07:07PM
There used to be a program on the NeXTs that was great for editing EPS; it was called Tailor. I don't know of an equivalent for Mac OS X.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: July 08, 2008 09:49PM
This thread comes up in Google already. Keep'em coming. Someone might be famous. The label I want to replace is "beta" but there is no ascii beta in the file. It's gotta be there. There is nowhere else for it to be.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Bosco
Date: July 08, 2008 11:02PM
Adobe Illustrator is great for editing EPS files.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: July 08, 2008 11:15PM
What's the purpose?

Do you need the final result in EPS format?

If you have a non-postscript graphics app like Photoshop, you might be able to open the file, edit it and save a high quality bitmap file. The result won't be and EPS file -- it won't be scalable vector art -- but do you NEED scalable vector art?

If that won't do then there are cheap shareware apps that are pretty good at editing and saving EPS files. I particularly like Lineform from Freeverse. There's a demo available so you can try it and see if its worth the shareware price for this job.
[www.freeverse.com]

'Almost forgot Inkscape. Free. A bit clunky, but it's hard to beat free. Only problem is that if you want to run it you need X11 and if you didn't install X11 with the OS (its an optional install) then you've got to install X11 now.
[www.versiontracker.com]



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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: July 09, 2008 12:34AM
Download a trial version of Illustrator and see if it will open and let you edit it. It's fully functional for 30 days (let's you open/save/print/etc).
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 09, 2008 02:42AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
EPS (Encapulated PostScript) is the file type for Adobe Illustrator.

Memories of college! I had to edit all the plots (EPS format) in my thesis to normalize the proprietary info. Manually edited each plot in Illustrator. Worked great, but tedious.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 09, 2008 04:22AM
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Lux Interior
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N-OS X-tasy!
EPS (Encapulated PostScript) is the file type for Adobe Illustrator.

Memories of college! I had to edit all the plots (EPS format) in my thesis to normalize the proprietary info. Manually edited each plot in Illustrator. Worked great, but tedious.

Good grief! I used Cricket Graph for all my plotting -- to this day there is no graphing tool available that is as intuitive and easy to use as Cricket Graph was.



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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: July 09, 2008 06:42AM
I woulda used Delta Graph (my fave at the time) but these plots were created on a unix machine and EPS was the only choice.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: July 09, 2008 09:57AM
We abandoned Cricket Graph in favor of Deltagraph, back when I had to make graphs for reports and Persuasion presentations (no Orifice apps yet for the peecee people). At the time, Deltagraph was a lot more capable, in part because the files could be saved as Illustrator files. The Deltagraph interface was not the most logically organized that I've worked with, but it had some great capabilities, and was far better than CricketGraph at that time.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: Dakota
Date: July 09, 2008 10:54AM
Opened the eps file with Acrobat Pro. It showed up as a plot. I can highlight text but can't change it.
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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 09, 2008 11:36AM
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ka jowct
We abandoned Cricket Graph in favor of Deltagraph, back when I had to make graphs for reports and Persuasion presentations (no Orifice apps yet for the peecee people). At the time, Deltagraph was a lot more capable, in part because the files could be saved as Illustrator files. The Deltagraph interface was not the most logically organized that I've worked with, but it had some great capabilities, and was far better than CricketGraph at that time.

Agreed that DeltaGraph was more powerful, but it lost out to Cricket Graph in ease of use. CG did everything I've needed it to at the time.



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Re: How to edit EPS files?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: July 10, 2008 06:01PM
Criket Graph wasn't easy for me to use because it couldn't do what we needed very easily, and it seems to me that it couldn't save charts in very many formats: I think we wound up saving in PICT format and cleaning up in Freehand. Maybe later versions were better. We switched to Deltagraph when it was at v1.5, I think, and stuck with it through v4. I still have DG 4 installed on my old 9600; it works fine in OS 9.2.2. I used it a few years ago after trying to use the truly awful charting tool in Illustrator.
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