Posted Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:21PM
Hmm, now you have me concerned. I've been clipping gradient mesh pieces willy-nilly (to achieve faux transparency). For example, in the image below, the glass part of the ship has several clipped mesh gradients.
Do you think the files might not work for Freehand users? Any chance one of you Freehand folk would be willing to open my file and see if it works for you? If you sitemail me an address, I could send you a file. In exchange, I'd be happy to download a few of your pieces.
Posted Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:47PM
Hey David, it's my understanding that meshes don't work in Freehand, no matter how you clip or mask them. We accept them because they do work in AI8, which most people can use, plus it's the istock minimum compatibility requirement. Maybe someone else has some ideas on how meshes can convert into Freehand?
(Edited on 2005-09-26 22:48:19 by bortonia)
Posted Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:14PM
If that's the case, I wonder if we should be warning FH people when mesh is used? I usually add a mesh indication in the description, but who really reads those notes? I did see where Scott had added a note indicating that a beautiful TV illustration DIDN'T use mesh. Now I understand why that might be an advantage.
Posted Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:23PM
I've done some testing. I can say for certain that plain AI8 gradients as well as gradient meshes and clipping masks which clip any form of a gradient will NOT transfer to Freehand MX (latest version of Freehand). Gradients force AI8 files to open as a single object with a raster preview only when opened with Freehand MX. It's a SEVERE limitation of Freehand in my opinion. But I don't think it should be a deterrent when creating files. If AI8 is the standard then they should be accepted as they are (so should patterns but that's another matter).
I choose to add to my image comments whether or not an image contains gradients or gradient meshes. This will at the very least warn the savvy Freehand users of any compatibility issues before they download. Beyond that I don't know what else could be done other than refusing all images containing any form of a gradient.
Edited f'r grammmmmmmar
(Edited on 2005-09-27 15:38:43 by VectorScott)
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:57AM
Yes, penfold, please DO say in your description. I always appreciate a heads-up on possible compatibility issues.
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:21AM
LOL, Scott, if we refused all gradients, there'd be riots
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:06PM
I need gradients like I need oxygen and Mountain Dew. Can't live without them.
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:39PM
Well.. ya know.... no gradients would be very challenging and just think of the versatile stock library it would make!!!
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:31PM
It makes a good gallery, too
Posted Tue Sep 27, 2005 3:37PM
Well I'll be......