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Old 05-08-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default BBEdit to the rescue

What's a thread about BBEdit doing in this section, I hear you ask. Read on.

Amongst a heap of photos that came with a job from a client the other day was a photo without a .jpg extension. Photoshop wouldn't open it, Preview wouldn't open it, and InDesign wouldn't import it. Stuffit Expander refused to have anything to do with it, saying it was neither compressed nor encoded. When I selected it in the Finder, the file preview said it was a Unix executable, which I interpreted as meaning it didn't know what to do with it. The client said it should have been a JPEG, but admitted it had lost its .jpg extension somewhere along the line.

Anyway, curious as to what it really was, I dragged the file over the BBEdit icon in the Dock, and it opened as a photo. There was no way I could save it (all the Save options were greyed out), but I could print it, so I printed it to PDF, and opened the PDF in Photoshop.

Photoshop seemed to find everything it needed, and even uncompressed it. The original file was around 150KB, and the PDF in Photoshop is 3.31MB.

Three cheers for BBEdit.

And Photoshop, after it was given some data to work with.

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