I am unable to find a setting to change my column width in my BOM tables, anyone know the trick? I have description text running over into the next column after saving as an .eps file. Visually it looks ok in composer until it is saved.
To my knowledge there is no way to adjust the size of your bounding boxes. It should auto adjust for the length of the longest text in the box. This being said if it looks ok in Composer something is happening when it is exporting it as a eps file type. In your attached image it completely ignores the bounding box going right over the margin. I am also guessing that quantity it is overlapping is 1 but it is hard to tell since I cant clearly make it out in the image.
Since when exporting as a technical illustration Composer converts your view into vector art I am guessing this is where the anomaly occurring. I have dealt with extra lines etc on images before caused by this conversion but never a BOM. Have you tried exporting as a different tech file type to see if you get the same result? Also try saving and closing and reopening file. If none of this work you could try and create the BOM again from scratch to see if you get the same outcome.
Thanks for the reply. I am using InDesign, and the only files it will recognize( from Composer) are .jpg and .eps. The technical Illustration style is what I am needing, vector is nice but not absolutely necessary. I agree with your asessment, it isn't exporting the font it claims to be within composer. I have tried 10 different fonts with no change, saved, closed and reopened with no change. I will try recreating the file again and repost
OK..I use Indesign as well so I see your problem. I prefer to use eps myself when in Indesign but have never seen this before. Since you are saying that the font doesn't even match from your Composer file to the eps you are almost definitely having a conversion issue.
I think the default font in Composer is MS Shell Dlg which you may try that since its pretty universal. If recreating doesn't work I would give your VAR a shout and see if they have seen this before. Could also just start a new Composer file and test it again there to see if it possibly is a bug in your file of some sort.
After further research, the only font that works is MS Shell Dlg, even though you can change the font in composer. For exporting purposes, it works, but that font does not fit our brand/image requirements. I will contact my VAR and see if they have a solution. I appreciate your help Derek.
Hmmm that's interesting. I don't do much with Composer BOM because I don't like the way it functions. I can add this to my list of reasons. I find it easier to create my tables in Indesign and just balloon in Composer. The only thing I find interesting is the highlight select functions which can obviously not be printed so I tend to ignore that workshop.
Keep us posted on what you find out as far as font goes. Seems silly to let you choose a font if you can't export it. Being Composer is marketed as a technical documentation software you would think eps would be a strong concentration. Best of luck
Arial works good, found some bugs and workarounds for .eps files with font issues while searching the knowledge base. Apparently it is a known issue for over 2 years..........
This is actually a font recognition issue with InDesign. When you export the vector illustration to EPS, it uses the correct font(verified by opening the EPS file in Illustrator or Inkscape. If InDesign does not recognize that exact same font, it will substitute with a standard PS font.
As a work around, export to SVG in the tech illustration instead, open the SVG with Illustrator or InkScape(free open source). Those programs recognize the fonts correctly, and then save to EPS from there and you will be able to import that into InDesign.
Documented in SPR#644045.
That's an extra, highly un-automated step in the workflow. I would hope Composer could export decent artwork by itself.
I'm having the same issue on EPS export, with bad font appearance, BOM table cell overruns, or if I manage to get a different font to show up (did it happen because I changed my callouts font style?), then the BOM font looks pixellated (aliased?) and too-bolded. In fact, so does the entire EPS image (compared to the very smooth vector art of a SVG/SVGZ). Is there some good technical workshop export workflow instructions on YouTube?
Instead of using InDesign or Illustrator, is there a program out there that does have a font recognition with EPS files?
I don't know about EPS files, but the SVG files I export from Composer work just fine in Open Office Writer, a free program that is an alternative to MS Office's Word. They have searchable, highlightable BOMs after exporting to PDF.
There ARE some settings and practices you should be aware of to get this to work, but it actually does work just fine and without further hassle, as opposed to my experience with MS Word and MS Publisher.
I'm going to write a post about soon since I've been working on it and finding ways over the hurdles of publishing functional vector artwork from Composer, and have developed a system. If you're interested I can PM you a link when done. (Can we do PMs in here?)
Wow, this sounds great Kris - I sent you a message on here, and I think you should be able to share your link through that. If that doesn't work just let me know. Thanks
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