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Prism and EPS format

Last modified October 18, 2013

Prism 5 and later can export EPS files from the export dialog. These EPS files encode vectors and fonts, not just a bitmap. Read more.

Bug: If you use any semitransparent colors in border or fill in Prism 7 for Windows, the exported EPS file cannot be opened in many applications. We will fix in Prism 8.

Bug: Open circles don't export correctly. The border gets the color of the interior, so the entire symbol is usually invisible.  Workaround: Use any symbol instead of open circle.  Fixed in 6.02.

Bug: Text with Japanese-supporting fonts appears corrupted in EPS file. Workaround: Choose the option to export text as outlines (which means the text cannot be edited in other programs). Alternative workaround: Export in PDF rather than EPS format.

Bug: If you change the line color in a Column or Grouped scatter graphs, the color of other objects on the graph (points, legends, graph and axes titles) and save in EPS format, the colors are wrong. Objects have with the line color, not the color you assigned to those objects in Prism. Here is a workaround: Set the color explicitly for the objects on graph that have the wrong color in Illustrator. But here is a crucial trick: Set that the color so it is distinct from the color used for symbols (usually black). E.g. if symbols are black (RGB values are "00 00 00") and you also want black titles than choose a similar but distinct color for titles like RGB "01 01 01". You won't be able to see the difference, but now it will work. Fixed in 6.05. 

Prism 4 and earlier did not create EPS files. If you have an earlier version of Prism and you want to submit a file to a publisher, consider submitting in TIFF format instead. This format is usually an acceptable substitute.  



Keywords: quality resolution TIF encapsulated postscript

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