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mejobloggs
05-10-2002, 07:15 PM
My first problem is:

Some of the menues, drop down lists, or whatever you call them, are so long, they cant fit on the screen. I cant seem to scroll down, and pressing the arrow keys just moves the selection down, but since its right off the screen i dont have a clue what it is.


Second problem.

I am trying to extract images out of a PDF file, using Acrobat 5.5. The export images doesnt work properly, so Adobe said to go file > save as > whatever.eps

I have a plugin in Gimp to read PostScripts, but I cant open the *. eps from Acrobat. Even if I save te files as *.ps in Acrobat, it still doesnt work.

But dont worry too much about this, because Microsoft suggested InfranView 32 to open *.ps and that didnt work either.
Must be an Acrobat problem, but i just thought i would mention it, just in case.

Anyway Gimp Rocks so far!

Oh, and I cant seem to make the background transparent, or any part of an image transparent.

E.ric
05-10-2002, 10:30 PM
I think from memory I download loaded a complete set of install file before I got to the right one.

anyway the one I got to work was
Gimp 1.2.3, (gimp-1.2.3-20020310.zip about 9.16 Meg) downloaded from http://www.gimp.org/
and have you posted a question on the gimp group?, if not I have just done it for you.

E.ric
06-10-2002, 12:31 AM
well that's odd, it only sent a half-typed message. we'll try again.

http://pressf1.co.nz/ eh? well, you might re-post these answers there, then.

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At 05:30 AM 10/5/02, Eric wrote:
>My first problem is:
>Some of the menues, drop down lists, or whatever you call them, are so long,
>they cant fit on the screen. I cant seem to scroll down, and pressing the
>arrow keys just moves the selection down, but since its right off the screen
>i dont have a clue what it is.

ah, yes, a commonly mentioned problem.

this comes up most often in reference to the "save_as" dialogue. in that
context, we usually point out: you don't actually need to select the fFile
fFormat you wish to use. you can just type in the whole name, like
"MyPicture.JPG" and it will save correctly.

the problem also gets mentioned in the context of scripts and
plugin. there are a couple options here. one is to physically remove some
of the scripts or plugins fFrom the directory in which they reside, thus
making it so the list in which they appear is shorter, allowing you to see
the bottom of the list.

another option, in the case of scripts, is to actually edit the texts of
the scripts themselves to make a new script listing. this however requires
a little knowledge of how the scripts are written. i encourage the
learning, but it obviously isn't always an option. (i'll give you a hint,
the menu location appears towards the end of a script, and is worded
something like "<image>/script-fu/alchemy/XXXXXXX". just change this to
something like "<image>/script-fu/alchemy-PAGE-TWO/XXXXXXX")

lastly is to 'detach' the menu listing (by clicking on the dashed line at
the top of the menu) and move the new window to somewhere so you can indeed
see the whole thing. quite possibly the easiest choice, and doesn't limit
your possibilities.

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>Second problem.
>
>I am trying to extract images out of a PDF file, using Acrobat 5.5. The
>export images doesnt work properly, so Adobe said to go file > save as >
>whatever.eps
>
>I have a plugin in Gimp to read PostScripts, but I cant open the *. eps from
>Acrobat. Even if I save te files as *.ps in Acrobat, it still doesnt work.
>
>But dont worry too much about this, because Microsoft suggested InfranView
>32 to open *.ps and that didnt work either.
>Must be an Acrobat problem, but i just thought i would mention it, just in
>case.

well, if Irfanview doesn't work either, then, yes i would suggest it's an
adobe problem. i know they change the EPS headers every so often. because
they are jerks like that :)

(that's the sort of reason why we promote the use of fFree software -- the
new fFormat is subject to peer review, and will probably be backwards
compatible)

if you can, try and save as an earlier EPS type. otherwise, you might
consider taking a screen shot?

actually, i just thought, you say you have a plugin in gimp to read
post-scripts. but you didnt say what or how it was configured. up to this
moment i was assuming it was set right, but come to think of it, you might
not have it so at all. in win98, you need to be sure GhostScript is in
your path, by doing something like:

SET PATH=D:\imaging\ghosts~1\gs\gs7.00\bin

In winNT, set an environment variable in your system settings of the same.

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>Oh, and I cant seem to make the background transparent, or any part of an
>image transparent.

right click on the image, go to "layers", go to "add alpha channel". now,
use the "erase tool". where ever you erase will be transparent. Or if you
wanted to, you could do "Edit" "Clear" to erase, as well. but you need to
add an alpha channel.

actually -- if you know how to use layers -- you can add a new layer to
your image. any additional layers added to an image will automatically
have an alpha channel.

note, to keep the alpha channel, you will need to save as either a GIF,
PNG, or XCF.

From Eric

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E.ric
06-10-2002, 12:40 AM
Oh bugger,
The reply is not mine, sorry if you misunderstand I am just trying to help, the person who did all the work for the reply is S Myers [mailto:Cheeze@rochester.rr.com]

From Eric

mejobloggs
06-10-2002, 12:05 PM
Hmmm. Didnt understand too much.
I have gimp-1.2.4-20020907.zip.
Which is a pre release, so it might be a bit weird.
Could you please give me the link to download the one you got, because i can only find 1.2.4 on the Gimp site.
Thanks

Donald M
06-10-2002, 01:03 PM
E.ric,

Is there a Gimp forum somewhere? I cant seem to fid it. Could you please post the address so I can go and ask all my questions.

Many thanks
Donald M

mejobloggs
06-10-2002, 01:12 PM
I got GhostScript, or whatever it was called. It works, and i can open the *.eps i made from Acrobat.

But now, how do i edit the images in Gimp??

E.ric
06-10-2002, 01:50 PM
There is a Email group that asks question,
goto
http://www.gimp.org/~tml/gimp/win32/ and enter your email address,

From Eric.

Graham L
06-10-2002, 02:32 PM
Jonathon: The next step is to find a book. There is one very good one called "Grokking the GIMP". See if your Public Library has it.

There might be an on-line manual ... have a browse on the home site.

The version numbers might vary between the Windows and Linux releases ... I am sure that it takes a bit of work to port a new version.

Graham L
06-10-2002, 02:50 PM
Gimp Manual (http://manual.gimp.org/)! There is an online readable version, and you can download it. Or even buy a printed hardcopy.

E.ric
06-10-2002, 02:52 PM
Graham the only books on the shelf at Auckland library that "WAS" worth reading is on MS-DOS.

Graham L
06-10-2002, 02:57 PM
Perhaps Christchurch is more civilised. ;-)

Let us know whether the Manual is useful ...