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Old 01-04-2008, 09:08 AM   #1
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Yep, it really does take a good two days to set up a computer after replacing the hard disk

XP itself was OK, but hardware driver installation can be such a pain (when is a PCI device not a PCI device? When it's an on-board audio chip, of course). After getting my Start menu nicely organised, I then had to go through the usual Adobe upgrade shenanigans on the phone (just as well it wasn't over a weekend, as they'd be closed), and I'm now installing Quark 4.1.

Quark is giving me the daunting task of having to choose between 8-bit or 24-bit colour tiffs, and grey tiffs of either 16 levels or 256 levels. Which should I choose, and does it really make any difference to compatibility and file interchange with clients?

   
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Old 01-04-2008, 09:18 AM   #2
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Aha! Found the manual (d'oh!) For those members who are as uninitiated as wot I is, here's the gen:

8 bit creates PICT screen previews with 256 possible colours
16 bit creates PICT screen previews with thousands of 'em
Similar situation with greys.

There, just goes to show, doesn't it? When in doubt and all other avenues have failed, RTFM!

   
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Aha! Found the manual (d'oh!) For those members who are as uninitiated as wot I is, here's the gen:

8 bit creates PICT screen previews with 256 possible colours
16 bit creates PICT screen previews with thousands of 'em
Similar situation with greys.

There, just goes to show, doesn't it? When in doubt and all other avenues have failed, RTFM!
I didn’t think PICT works in Windows. It is hardly used on the Mac these days (I thought XPress used TIFFs).

It’s been so long that I am not reliable, of course.

   
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4.1 really is pretty ancient, but I can't justify spending money upgrading it on the PC: we've only twice had jobs come in on 6.5 or 7 for Windows. We get some 6.5 Mac Quark in here, but not much these days, and certainly not enough 7 to warrant upgrading the Mac.

It's pretty much all PDFs, InDesign, or Frustrator for the past year, though one bloke arrived with stuff on PC PageWrecker 6 - took me ages to remember how to use it properly!

   
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… though one bloke arrived with stuff on PC PageWrecker 6 - took me ages to remember how to use it properly!
Now, now!

Actually, although I was a real PM maven, I recently had to fumble around with it. It is not like riding a bicycle (unless that too is a big lie!)

   
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I didn’t think PICT works in Windows. It is hardly used on the Mac these days (I thought XPress used TIFFs).
Of course it works in Windows - if you use a decent application, of course! It's not the OS that matters, but the application.

   
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Yep, it really does take a good two days to set up a computer after replacing the hard disk
Two days?? For me it always takes more like two weeks to get anywhere near "functional replacement" - if I just want to replace what I had (a ton of tools). For a new OS, of course, it takes even longer than that.

   
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Two days?? For me it always takes more like two weeks...
It's a logarithmic process with me, and getting everything tweaked just the way I like it has just taken an extra couple of days. Luckily, I'm still on holiday so it wasn't a panic.

   
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Is this re making TIFFs per se or the previews for EPS exports?

   
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Illustrator CS3 won't import anything more than an 8-bit TIF and Photoshop still won't recognise "save as" to JPEG unless you convert to 8-bit, and if I remember this goes for TIF as well as PSD files -- minor nuisance but can be disconcerting. Would any of this be an issue with a client?
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