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.
integrated the FLY SDK into their LinkOne Publishing System to enable import of PDF and EPS graphics as Windows Metafiles. ABB LinkOne is a graphical content delivery solution that provides correct and timely part information to a large and geographically dispersed network of dealers and operators. Accuracy and reliability were of paramount importance. In addition, because Visual Integrity could simulate features that were missing in the translation between file formats, the results were precise and impressive.
Powering High volume, Real-time Conversions.
Change Healthcare, formerly Emdeon, designs and operates the single largest financial and administrative network in the United States healthcare system. As such, the Intelligent Healthcare Network™ deals with an astounding number of documents every day. In order to facilitate a fast and streamlined workflow process while insisting on the high-quality, Change Healthcare chose the Metafile Server to move high-volume PDF print streams into their Windows automated printing and archiving system as EMF files.
META FLY Key to Successful Migration
Delta Airlines migrated its technical documentation system to XML for the Web. Large numbers of technical manuals were stored in Interleaf and needed to be converted. The documents contained thousands of graphics with vector, raster and text elements. At the time, the only format which Interleaf could easily export graphics into was WMF. They turned to META FLY Server to batch process the conversion to SVG which is the W3C Web and HTML5 standard for vector graphics. Delta also uses PDF FLY.
United Parcel Service (UPS) has come a long way from their start in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States. Today, UPS is the world’s largest package delivery company with one of the most recognized and admired brands around the globe. To support delivery operations, UPS is continually producing ground transit maps in real time that show delivery schedules across North America. The maps are generated as WMF which is ideal for Windows printing. Suppliers like Standard Register and RR Donnelley needed to incorporate these maps into publications that they create for UPS. They use the FLY Server to batch convert the WMF files into EPS files for their PostScript-based print production flow.
Intel, has been the world leader in silicon innovation ever since introducing the world’s first microprocessor in 1971. Technical writers at Intel produce graphics in Windows applications such as Visio and store them in the WMF file format which is incompatible with UNIX. They use META FLY to convert them to MIF, which enables them to move the graphics into Adobe FrameMaker on UNIX as scalable, accurate and editable illustrations.
High Quality Previews of Mechanical Drawings
Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, integrated the FLY SDK into an internal application to enable viewing and printing of CGM technical drawings as TIFF images.
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.
TIFF traces its origins to the 1980 where it was proposed as a standard for the emerging desktop scanner market. Originally, it was a simple format and could only understand black & white. Now, it is a robust format which handles high color, greyscale and large files like a breeze. Today, TIFF is a popular format for high color-depth images, along with JPEG and PNG. It is also a flexible, adaptable file format for handling images and data within a single file, by including header tags indicating size, compression, etc. It is regularly used in FAX and archive applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The image formats used on web sites are JPEG (or JPG), PNG and GIF. JPEG is best for images with many colors such as photos. GIF is best for line art, illustrations and drawings with limited color. PNG is the most versatile and can be used quite broadly on web-sites.
- The image formats used in documents follow a similar rule. GIF, TIFF and PNG are best for images with fewer colors and JPEG is used for images with many colors such as photos. The best test is to use pdf2image to convert to a few different formats and then view them both on-screen and in print to see which gives you the desired result.
- It’s also important to determine what formats your application can import. If the program you want to use only accepts BMP, then you need to convert to this format, even if it produces larger files than PNG.