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 Post subject: Draw Files???
PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2003 10:45 pm 

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How can I change draw files (or paint) into files that I can use in Windows???

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2003 9:57 pm 
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You will need to convert Sprites (paint files) into another type
of Bitmap that Windows understands. Since VA5000 only
supports 256 colours use IntergIf to convert Sprites
to GIFs.

DrawFiles can be a little more awkward. Some PC packages
(Corel Xara/Oak Draw) can load Drawfiles directly. Other
than that you will need to convert them to WMF files
using Draw->Wmf however sometimes the results are
not quite right and a bit of editing may be required.

 Post subject: Another way to convert Draw files
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:37 am 

Joined: Thu Feb 06, 2003 10:18 am
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Location: Near Cambridge
... but this only works for some PC applications. Illustrator, for example, will normally cope, and with hackery / wizardry and Ghostscript or similar you could make a PDF file...

Load a PostScript printer driver, and set it up to print to a file. When you print a Draw file through this it will make a special kind of PostScript file called Encapsulated PostScript. If you transfer this across to the PC world with a suffix .PS some applications will be able to understand it, but not all.

I've found this mechanism more reliable than Draw->WMF when working on my old real Acorn machine (RIP ADFS::4).

By the way, until we get the Universal Printer Driver for Win2k and XP machines, PostScript can provide an alternative. If you load Ghostscript on your PC it can read (sometimes with some complaints which seem to be safely ignored) the PostScript files that the Acorn printer driver generates. If you are into horrible hackery you can use Redmon to create a virtual Postscript printer from a Windows GDI printer and do it all automagically. For some reason multiple page printing doesn't work too well this way, although Easiwriter provides a Save as Postscript feature which works wonderfully.

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