[OS X TeX] file size after eps to pdf conversion

Themis Matsoukas matsoukas at engr.psu.edu
Sat Dec 19 20:48:30 CET 2009

On Dec 19, 2009, at 10:43 AM, Gary L. Gray - Forward wrote:

> I may be wrong, but it is my understanding that complete editing  
> information is preserved in the PDF files created by Illustrator. If  
> you open one of those PDF files converted by Preview or TeXShop, you  
> will see that the original layer structure, object structure, etc.  
> is all gone. If you wish to edit the file later, that is important  
> to have. Of course, if you only edit EPS files, then go with the  
> smallest file size that still looks acceptable.

The pdf produced by texshop remains editable in Illustrator. The  
particular file I used for this test contains no layers but it has  
text (various fonts), vector graphics and an image. You have to  
release the clipping mask before you can edit objects but they are  
editable. As soon as you save the file in AI, its size jumps to 1.8 MB  
(from 172 KB). Admittedly, AI gives you gazillion options when you  
save but I never change the defaults (I don't even know what they are).

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