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ChemDraw Export High Quality PDF or EPS

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  • The Customer

    Any suggestions?

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  • The Customer

    Well, EPS export from CDX is a total mess. I require EPS export for a LaTeX document where strings are replaced during compilation to create a consistent compound numbering throughout the document. Regarding EPS export, I have had it all during the last few weeks: Reproducible crashes, casually lost bounding boxes, and unreasonably introduced line-wrapping within strings like 'COOMe'. I reported the first and the last of the mentioned things - PerkinElmer will not even consider to fix the line-wrapping thing and suggested me to use a workaround which is, well - no workaround at all. Told them that I want to use a 'Pages' type document and they suggest using 'Poster' type to prevent this? Come on.

    This is for CDX documents containing plain chemical stuff. You're trying to export chemical stuff + bitmap graphics from CDX? I suggest: Don't. I recommend doing the plain chemistry stuff (rings, bonds, atoms, ...) using CDX and export to EPS. Then, place the bitmap graphics within Illustrator and export to PDF...

    I agree that PDF export should be an out-of-the-box feature. It's 2020...

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  • The Customer

    Thanks! I rebuild all bitmaps in Illustrator now. But it is really a shame than ChemDraw is not able to produce publication quality post script, given how long it is around and that it is baiscally the industry standard.

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  • The Customer

    Next problem, again EPS/PDF export.

    My whole ChemDraw document is set in Arial, including chemical formulas. No bitmaps in the document.

    Yet, when I export the document to EPS, ChemDraw embeds Helvetica-Bold and Helvetica-Oblique and randomly sets portions of the exported document in these fonts!

    Why is the whole PostScript export so terribly buggy?!?

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