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Karen Ackoff <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 2 Dec 1997 23:50:20 -0600
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>Actually the command in illustrator 6 is Placed or Parsed.  "Parsed"
>includes the image directly in the illustrator file.
>Britt Griswold

You can import artwork in Illustrator 7 as by using the File > Place
command. When the dialog box comes up, there is check-box
that you select to link the files. If you do not select this option, the
image is embedded or "parsed".

It is important to remember that if you link files, you need to supply
your printer/service bureau both with the Illustrator document as
well as the original imported file. Why link files? Linking files helps
keep memory requirements lower. Also if you need to edit the
linked file, you need only edit it (say in Photoshop) and save it.
Then simply re-open the document with the linked file in Illustrator,
and the image will be updated.

Embedding the file tends lets you see the image more clearly
on screen. It also eliminates the need for saving multiple files.

According to the Adobe manual, you can take a linked file and
change it to an embedded file by selecting SAVE AS, and
checking the box that says SAVE WITH PLACED IMAGES.
However, this is wrong! It does not actually embed the linked
image. Rather, it embeds a preview of the image and it is still
necessary to include any linked files along with the Illustrator file.
I have spoken to Adobe about this and they are aware this
issue is confusing.

Hope that sheds some light.

Karen Ackoff
Asst. Professor of Fine Arts
Indiana University South Bend
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