I'm having some trouble converting PDFs (created by Adobe Illustrator on a Mac) to EPS. I have tried several things but I am wondering if there is a better option.
The following list is ordered by decreasing quality:
inkscape --export-area-page --export-eps=out.eps in.pdfusing the graphical program Inkscape works best, but is a bit slow;
pdftops -eps in.pdf out.epsuses Poppler and works good and is fast;
pdf2ps in.pdf out.epsuses ghostscript and works ok for simple documents;
convert in.pdf out.epsuses ImageMagick and always rasterizes the image.
I haven't tested the following:
acroread -toPostScriptuse acroread (Linux only)
Some issues I've found:
- Transparency is not supported in EPS, but instead of flattening the layers, most programs rasterize the image producing big files and ugly graphs. Inkscape does this best by only rasterizing the unsupported area.
- Gradients are rendered properly by Inkscape, but Poppler somehow chops up the gradient into many shapes of different colors.
- Greek symbols are seemingly not supported by Ghostscript and are rasterized (using
What are your experiences for this kind of task? Did I forgot certain programs and/or command line options that improve quality?
I found some posts on this, but not a (thorough) comparison of possibilities, please correct me if I'm wrong.