Exchanging Graphics With Other Applications

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Occasionally you may create graphics from scratch in Intaglio and view or print them directly. More often you're likely to build on graphic elements from another source and deliver your creation to another application to include in a larger document or web site. Therefore it's important to be able to exchange graphics with other applications while retaining as much of the original as possible.

To make use of legacy graphics files from QuickDraw based applications Intaglio is capable of converting vector Picture (i.e., PICT) and native ClarisDraw files to Quartz graphics for editing in Intaglio. For more information on converting QuickDraw graphics to Quartz click here.

Intaglio is also capable of importing and exporting graphics in Portable Document Format (i.e., PDF) and a wide range of bitmap formats. To exchange graphics via disk files use the Import and Save As commands in the File Menu. To transfer graphics directly between applications you can use either copy and paste or drag and drop. To use drag and drop to import graphics into Intaglio, simply drag the graphic into a drawing window. To export graphics via drag and drop, click on the graphic and hold the mouse button down for one half second before dragging or hold down both the option and command keys as you click on the graphic.
When exporting bitmap graphics Intaglio will always use the document's resolution. For larger, higher quality images choose higher resolutions. It's worth noting that effects and some gradient fills are also exported as bitmaps and also use the document's export resolution.
The Clipboard Preferences panel contains various options to allow you to control how graphics are imported and exported via both copy and paste and drag and drop. The Conversion Preferences panel contains options to control graphic conversions.

PDF (Portable Document Format)
The preferred graphics exchange format for Mac OS X is PDF. Quartz was designed specifically to work hand in hand with PDF graphics so this will generally give you the best fidelity between applications. For this reason it's best to use PDF whenever possible to exchange graphics. Most applications written for Mac OS X include good support for PDF but there are some notable exceptions (e.g., Microsoft Word) where bitmap graphics are generally you best choice.

A very powerful feature of Intaglio is the ability to convert PDF to editable graphics (with Mac OS X 10.3 or later). This means with Intaglio you can edit graphics created in virtually any Mac OS X native application. In most cases the properties of elements such as text and graphic paths remain available for change. By default Intaglio retains PDF graphics intact when importing and you can convert them for editing at any time. This conversion can be set to happen automatically when a PDF is imported in the Conversion Preferences panel.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
SVG is a standard graphics format created by W3C, the organization that sets standards for the World Wide Web. For this reason SVG is being adopted by several web browsers as a way to embed scalable graphics in web sites. Because SVG is a vector graphics format it is capable of providing graphics at whatever resolution the user needs.

Intaglio is able to export drawings as SVG files and open basic SVG files as new drawings. This allows Intaglio to exchange graphics with other SVG enabled graphics applications such as open source projects.

Apple's Pages and Keynote applications are excellent examples of the power of Quartz and PDF. For that reason they're also great to use with Intaglio. Intaglio graphics can be dragged directly into an iWork document without any loss of quality (remember to hold down the mouse button for a half second before dragging). Furthermore because Intaglio can edit graphics in PDF, you can copy an iWork graphic into Intaglio, edit it and return the updated graphic to iWork quickly and easily.

To most easily work with graphics from iWork set the following preferences:

  • Turn on Convert PDF For Editing During Import.
    This will automatically convert the iWork PDF into editable graphics when you paste it into Intaglio.
  • Turn off Convert Clipping Paths.
    This will eliminate extra masking groups iWork inserts into the PDF as clipping paths. If your iWork graphic contains gradient or image fills you may want to leave this option on. This will preserve the correct masking behavior but will also result in some extra groups in the conversion. Some Keynote themes use image fills to produce a textured appearance that also rely on clipping paths.
  • Turn off Convert Transparent Paths.
    This will eliminate extra paths iWork inserts into the PDF.

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