AbbVie, formerly a part of Abbott Laboratories, relies on software and instruments in its labs that can only generate data plots by printing. To move them into a digital format, they print ‘to file’ using a PostScript printer driver. Since 1996, they have used PDF FLY to convert the resulting PostScript files into WMF, the format required by their NuGenesis scientific data management system where files can be viewed and plots can be searched based on text strings.
PDF FLY brings CAD drawings into Microsoft Word.
Broadcom, a diversified global semiconductor leader, designs semiconductors and software that accelerate storage and networking in datacenters and mobile networks. Internally, in the writing group, Broadcom uses PDF FLY on Windows to bring PostScript electronics design diagrams from Cadence into their MS Word documentation as scaleable and editable WMF graphics.
Swiss Life, a leading international specialist for risk, life and pensions solutions, automates archival of upwards of 20,000 pages of print correspondence per day in the TIFF format. They are delivered as PostScript print files and run through a conversion service based on FLY Batch Server based in Zurich.
Images for Web-based Repair Manuals
GE Aviation, the world’s leading producer of both large and small jet engines, runs PDF FLY Server as part of an automated EMC Documentum platform + Epic XML publishing flow. PDF FLY produces Web images from UniGraphics drawings and Office graphics delivered to the system as PostScript files for incorporation into repair manuals.
The Yellow Pages in seven different countries used the FLY SDK to automatically convert print ads received in EPS and PDF formats into crisp PNG images for the Web versions of their Yellow Pages directories. Ads were received from many different sources. Quality needed to be ensured and maintained as part of the workflow. Working together with Visual Integrity, the directories established a workflow process using a watch folder to convert all incoming ads to PNG at the correct size and resolution for high-fidelity Web display.
Convert Graphics from NATO Members
Raytheon’s Electronic Warfare Systems is a world leader in the development and production of EW system solutions for strategic and tactical aircraft, helicopters, and surface ships for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and their international counterparts. They chose PDF FLY to move technical graphics from multinational NATO contract vendors into their own commercial AIMSS IETM system as ActiveCGM-compatible CGM files.
PDF FLY was chosen for several key reasons:
- PDF FLY easily handles both PostScript and EPS,
- PDF FLY provides the utmost flexibility for font mapping and embedding
- PDF FLY was very tolerant of a wide variety of source files with a 99%+ successful conversion rate.
- PDF FLY offers a batch mode which converts a large number of files at once.
Raytheon has been a Visual Integrity customer since 1998
The U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, MD overhauls and makes major repairs and modifications to all Coast Guard aircraft and associated equipment. They use PDF FLY to convert aircraft manuals illustrations from PostScript, EPS and PDF into the CGM format for authoring in their internal publishing system. Central to their decision to use PDF FLY was its ability to precisely control orientation and scale of output. Font mapping was also key.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been a Visual Integrity customer since 2004.
PostScript® is a widely used industry-standard printer language developed by Adobe. For over three decades, industries ranging from engineering to publishing have used it to output, store and print pages. It is the only standard output option available for many technical applications, plotting tools and lab instruments which store files in proprietary file formats. PostScript files can handle long, composite documents as well as raster images and complex vector graphics.
Visual Integrity supports PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript (see EPS) as input options for the FLY product family. Choose the one that suits your requirements:
- PDF FLY – In addition to PDF, PostScript and EPS are standard input options for PDF FLY. With this powerful desktop tool, you can convert multiple files or directories into your choice of 13 standard vector and bitmap formats. PDF FLY is a consolidation of products previously known as ps2vector, pdf2vector, ps2bitmap, pdf2bitmap, ps2text and pdf2text.
- FLY Batch – Automate your PostScript or EPS conversions using the simple command-line interface. Use the fine-tuning controls to obtain a high degree of control over the final output into the vector or bitmap formats you select.
- FLY SDK – Use the API or Windows DLL with your PostScript or EPS input to integrate support for viewing, importing and exporting vector and bitmap formats into your applications.
- Full support for Level 1, 2 and 3 PostScript input for conversion to vector and raster output formats as well as ASCII text.
- Files may contain vector graphics, raster images and text with fonts (PostScript, Type 1 or TrueType fonts).
PostScript can be found in all corners of an organization and it can be produced from virtually all applications in UNIX, Linux, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.
- Technical and scientific applications often write output directly to PostScript.
- Most applications can save files directly as PostScript (.ps/.prn) or EPS (.eps)
- On Windows, you can generate PostScript files from any application by printing ‘to file’ using a PostScript printer driver (there’s no need to actually have the printer – you just need the driver).
Mentor Graphics® is a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) software. Mentor Graphics integrated export options into their FPGA/PLD Integrated Design Flow Software using the FLY SDK using the PostScript format as the basis. This added functionality gives electronics designers the option to export diagrams in MIF and other vector file formats such as WMF to ensure compatibility with their varied publishing tools.