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Re: Backend EPS issue
Rick Hansen (aka RickH)
Re: Backend EPS issue
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 19:14:36 -0700 (PDT)
This "bug" is apparently a problem on my Windows 2000 machine only. I
retried my experiment on a newer Windows XP computer and backend EPS works
Beautiful sharp output, that blows away the PNG's. Still no wysiwyg in
MSWord, but when I render my MSWord doc to PDF all the snippets show up, my
pre-press will be PDF anyway, MSWord is just a word processor... wysiwyg is
not a big issue I know what all the rectangles mean anyway.
Please disregard my earlier post.
Rick Hansen (aka RickH) wrote:
> V.2.9.22 fresh install after running uninstall of 2.9.21, on Win 2000...
> I've been encountering some issues using backend EPS output in my Word
> processor documents and subsequent gs processing. I am using the
> following command options to create small musical fragments for inclusion
> in other documents:
> lilypond -b eps -dno-gs-load-fonts -dinclude-eps-fonts myfile.ly
> Here are the issues, some have work-arounds others don’t:
> 1) When I include the lily produced EPS in my Word document, it just
> appears as a blank rectangle (of proper size). This is OK because when I
> actually print the document, or "virtual print" it to a ghostscript
> virtual PDF converter like CutePDF. The EPS rectangle does print the
> music (beautifully but partially) see next point.
> 2) The EPS rectangle contains the music however many "parts" are simply
> missing, for example note heads are missing, but stems are there, ties are
> there, but accidentals are missing, grace note heads are missing, clef is
> present, as well as time signature and the staff symbol itself is there,
> etc. I have not documented all the "pieces" that are missing, but
> obviously something is awry in the font-embedding to cause random missing
> characters, I assume.
> 3) The third issues occurs when viewing the gs prduced PDF through Adobe
> reader. If I click on the area of the page where the EPS rectangle is,
> Adobe says that it is attempting to "contact a web site" then gives a
> normal file path to a path on the machine that created the original EPS.
> I'm assuming it's probably looking for the missing fonts? When I click
> that rectangle of music in Adobe Reader it launches a DOS window (maybe
> gs, don’t know?), but the document does not change. I would rather not
> see any click behavior with a non-interactive PDF print document.
> 4) Finally if I take one of the backend EPS files created by lily and just
> use ghostscript to convert it to PDF, the same issues (2 and 3) above
> still occur in Adobe Reader. I think this kind of eliminates MSWord as
> the culprit. I use CutePDF to convert Windows applications print output
> to PDF, CutePDF is just a freeware "virtual printer" shell wrapped around
> gs, "impersonating" a printer, then puts up a SaveAs dialog to save the
> Does anyone have any ideas on how to solve these problems?
> I really like the output of using EPS over PNG for imbedding music into
> other documents. The quality of the EPS vs. the PNG is like day and
> night, with the EPS being crystal clear, albeit missing note heads, and
> making Adobe Reader act weird right now.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated. Or can someone possibly
> double-check the code that does the font embedding to EPS for a possible
> bug related to at-least the accidentals and note heads? Or maybe a
> possible bug that is causing Adobe to think it needs to reference an
> external URL in order to render? I will be glad to be your test case for
> any new code.
> Are the fonts maybe hosed on my machine? Is there any kind of clean up
> and reinstall I should try first?
> Lily itself works fine otherwise.
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