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Message text written by Rafe B. "Typically, people who use Quark or Illustrator on Macs get Postscript files as output, and this is where one *must* use a RIP to get such a file printed." An otherwise nice description, but I thought I should point out that the above statement isn't exactly correct. QuarkXPress can output just fine from my Mac to my Epson without a RIP _unless_ I have embedded vector-graphics (EPS files). Then all I get (for the graphics) are the 72-dpi, jaggy screen previews. Same with Adobe PageMaker. (I've heard that XPress on a PC is a whole lot happier with PostScript, but I have no details.) Adobe Illustrator, however, can print fine to an Epson without a RIP. It's only when you save the Illustrator file as an EPS and bring it into XPress or PageMaker that a RIP is necessary to interpret the PostScript and print a nice image. Folks that have Acrobat Distiller can use it to RIP a DTP file containing EPSs by printing to a PostScript file, running it through Distiller, and printing the subsequent PDF file from Acrobat Exchange. I wouldn't want to do this all day every day, but this method produces far better files than I can get from the only RIP I've purchased, Infowave's StyleScript. Brad - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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