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Modern TIFF/EPS/image formats for use in System 6/7?


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As a follow up to my last thread about modern TrueType fonts in System 7 (which I actually wrote a blog post about), I have another related issue: How can I get modern TIFF, EPS, or other image formats (PICT?) into a format that most software can recognize in System 6 and System 7.

When I had Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, I found ways to export into a legacy format (TIFF and EPS) Aldus PageMaker 4.0 could read. However, unfortunately, I no longer use Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator here, instead opting for Serif's Affinity Photo and Designer. After exporting the output TIFF and EPS files from Photo/Designer, none of my old software (Aldus PageMaker 4, FreeHand 3, SuperPaint) could recognize them.

Any thoughts on a way to convert these graphics to a format (TIFF, EPS) the old software can recognize? I'm guessing there's a backwards compatibility issue here.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as always.


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From Affinity Designer or Photo, for TIFF, are you exporting as 8-bit? Compression either LZW or none?

And, for EPS, are you exporting as Postscript Level 2?

Those are the only things I can think of. If that doesn't work, maybe Graphic Convertor can convert TIFF to an older version? EPS (vector-based) would be more challenging to convert. I still have CS3 as long as the computer it's on lives, so I can convert to older formats when needed. I also have a licensed version of CS2 as a fallback.

If you want to go a real roundabout way on vector-based EPS files and they aren't complex files, use a font creator and import the artwork as glyphs, make a PostScript font out of it, install that font on your System 6/7 computer, open FreeHand, type the appropriate letter for the artwork, convert to curves and save as an EPS.


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Have you tried an online converter? SVG to EPS could do the trick. Do you have an example file?


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@Garrett Did you try GraphicConverter?
I've tried "Save As" in GraphicConverter 11, but didn't have any luck. Maybe I should try going from JPG to TIFF (as I think I was going from a TIFF to TIFF) or maybe SVG to EPS?


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I was trying different graphic formats some time ago to transfer images from new osx to osx 10.4 to system 7.1 - the best results I had using tga files… Maybe that helps.

I‘m curious to hear if you were successful!