The advantages of porting your work from one
application to another and working in a mixed
platform environment are:
1. To migrate your work from one application to
another or from one platform to another.
2. To employ features from disparate applications
into a single composition.
3. To see how web pages appear on both platforms
by setting up a Mac-Win network and by building
a staging web on one or both platforms.
4. Or simply to have the freedom to work on both
platforms simultaneously. You can edit files on
one platform and save them to the other and share
files transparently between them.
Service bureaus who output files for print media
on high-end imagesetters have been doing this
for years. The advantages are many. The biggest
reason is for creative freedom and to keep from
being "boxed in" to one application.
Each application has its own special features.
With these techniques you can pick and choose
your favorite features between them and use them
Computer graphics break down into two main categories
- raster (composed of pixels) and vector (composed
of paths and points) more
here. Raster file formats (TIFF, Windows BMP,
Macintosh PICT, Photoshop® PSD to name a few)
are so widely supported that most all image editors
will read and write them without any trouble.
Hence, there is no necessity for any special techniques
to port them between applications.
Vector file formats are a different story, though,
and these require a little more knowledge and
planning to get the most from them. The main illustration
programs I have experience with are Deneba Canvas,
Adobe® Illustrator®, Macromedia® FreeHand®
This section also has tutorials on porting fonts
between Macintosh and Windows platforms. Here
you will find out how to port TrueType® and
PostScript® Type 1 fonts using CrossFont,
TransType for the PC, TransType for the Mac, Fontographer®
for the Mac and FontLab® for the Mac.
This section also has a series on porting animations
between Apple® QuickTime Pro 4.0, Adobe®
ImageReady 2.0, Jasc® Animation Shop
2.0 and Macromedia® Fireworks® 3.0. Here
I reveal valuable time saving tips and techniques.