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Creating Printed Material

Printed material (like books and newsletters) requires high quality graphics, bitmap graphics is generally not acceptable. Also layout of text and graphics is usually carefully manually tuned to create pleasant flow of text and diagrams.

work flow

Number of printing-quality vector graphics formats are available: WMF, SVG, EPS and ODG. All of these offer high quality, but compatibility with different platforms and different programs vary.

Finding the best way for you

There is no single correct way to make printed material. Things that should be decided are:

Unfortunately none of these can be decided independently, as programs have different capabilities with different graphic formats and different output formats. Only sure way to ensure good quality is to do testing with desired combination of formats, programs and their settings.

Various factors should be considered:

Tools for PS and PDF files

Many different tools can create PDF files. Best results depend on exact method used. Following iterates some of possible method.

Adobe Acrobat

Full version of Adobe Acrobat can be used to create PDF files. As I don't have access to this tool, I cannot comment on its use.

OpenOffice PDF export filter

OpenOffice contains filter to create PDF files.

In all environments good results can be created using OpenDocument drawing format for exporting in GOWrite. GOWrite can export all diagrams and comments into OpenDocument writer file. This way all diagrams in file can be imported into OpenOffice writer at once.

In Windows best way to create PDF file is to export from GOWrite to HTML and WMF format. Opening this HTML file gives comments and all graphics readily in one document. In all platform OpenOffice Draw format can be used in same  manner.

Scribus desktop publishing tool (version 1.3.3)

Scribus publishing program is free and produces good results with GOWrite. Scribus works both Windows and Linux. Scribus can create high-quality PDF well-suited for printing.

Either of EPS format or SVG format can be used to import graphics data into Scribus. HTML comments can be imported into Scribus, but it may be more efficient to use some text editor to create or modify comments.

Printing from word processing program into postscript format file

Most systems make it possible to print from word processor to postscript (PS) file. This is can be used when only printed material is needed, as resulting file tends to be big.


GOWrite supports export to LaTeX using . This may be preferred way if rest of workflow already uses LaTeX.

EPS graphics are also well-suited for including into LaTeX documents.

About formats, tools and settings

Following describes more details on various formats and corresponding tools available

WMF Graphics in WindowsTM

Word processors are most convenient tools for writing books. In Windows WMF graphics can be copied from GOWrite 2 to most word processing programs.

Graphics quality is excellent and editing is very convenient, as results can be seen immediately.

EPS (or SVG) Graphics via File

ESP graphics can be transferred from GOWrite 2 to most publication program using EPS file(s).

In this solution GOWrite is used to export diagrams, resulting in multiple of files. Publication program is then used to import EPS files. Graphics quality is excellent, but this method may be bit less convenient compared to clipboard.

This solution is most portable, as it is not tied to any operating system or application and EPS format is well supported in many publishing tools.

SVG graphics format can be used instead of EPS. SVG is relatively new, so its support is not present in all applications. There is no simple way to determine which gives better results, so practical testing may be necessary.

Text and Fonts

Ensuring text (in particular move numbers) is reproduced well is important. See graphics formats for discussion on main factors involved in this.




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