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Old 03-07-2006, 10:38 AM   #1
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Default Can anyone open a Printshop file?

Someone has sent me a .SIG file, which he says he created in Printshop.

I can't open it.

The guy also sent me a .bmp file saved from Printshop, but it's 72 dpi and I can't use it. He doesn't know if Printshop creates vector or bitmap files, or if he can save it at high-resolution.

I assume it's hopeless, but figured I ask if anyone knows if Printshop can even create a file higher than 72 dpi (or a vector file), or if any other program will open the .SIG format.

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Old 03-07-2006, 10:57 AM   #2
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BMP files don't carry DPI information. Photoshop insists on *some* value so absent any other, it uses 72.

IOW, it's meaningless.

Try ImagePixels/ReproSize to get a more useful value for DPI if you're shooting for a particular size.

   
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Old 03-07-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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Someone has sent me a .SIG file, which he says he created in Printshop.

I can't open it.(...) if any other program will open the .SIG format.
Some googling indicates you'll probably need not only Printshop to open it, but a specific version: there is a host of Printshop programs and it lookss like their .SIG file formats are not fully compatible between them all. Some URLs I came up with:

http://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/ar...301-00649.html
http://www.filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=SIG
http://www.broderbund.com/jump.jsp?i...mType=CATEGORY
http://schoolnet.gov.mt/gamri/resources.htm

   
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Old 03-07-2006, 12:42 PM   #4
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BMP files don't carry DPI information.
No kidding! I did not know that.

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Try ImagePixels/ReproSize to get a more useful value for DPI if you're shooting for a particular size.
Not sure what you mean. Photoshop says the image is 794 x 1034 pixels.

This image needs to be full-page size (8.5 x 11).

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Old 03-07-2006, 01:07 PM   #5
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marlene: Not sure what you mean. Photoshop says the image is 794 x 1034 pixels. This image needs to be full-page size (8.5 x 11).
Then for 300ppi/dpi you need 2250 x 3300 ((8.5x300) by (11x300)) pixels and 794x1034 ain't gonna stretch...'-}}

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After three attempts, the sender finally acknowledged that he can't do his ads in Printshop. He's getting someone else to redo the ad. I think I overwhelmed him with all my tech talk about resolution, color mode (the ad was RGB, of course), antialiasing, etc. <g>

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... there is a host of Printshop programs and it lookss like their .SIG file formats are not fully compatible between them all.
Yow! It gets worser and worser!

I told the guy I couldn't use his files (after his third attempt) and he is getting someone to redo the ad for him.

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I have Printshop 20 here. Happy to try to open it for you. What do you want out? What I would do is print to a color copier driver and PDF the result. From that I can get an EPS or have Photoshop turn it into any res TIF.
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>>Not sure what you mean. Photoshop says the image is 794 x 1034 pixels.
>> This image needs to be full-page size (8.5 x 11).

1034 dots divided by 11 inches is about 94 dots per inch.

If 300's what your printer wants, you'll need to inflate that puppy summat.

   
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Bob,

Thanks, but the guy had someone redo his file for him. I don't know what software they ended up using, but they sent me a decent TIFF. And I think I frightened the guy out of ever trying to get away with sending me another Printshop file, <g>

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