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We do the Chicago transit map in FreeHand, but once an edition is printed we are required to give them files in Illustrator format. They want layers, so we can't just give them a PDF. We frequently have problems with the last character or last line disappearing from text blocks. We think this may have gotten worse as we are now transitioning from FH8 to MX. Anyone have any advice on how to make the conversion more reliable?

Also, does Illustrator offer anyway to outline a single character in white (in FreeHand, we call this the inline effect)?
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We do the Chicago transit map in FreeHand, but once an edition is printed we are required to give them files in Illustrator format.  They want layers, so we can't just give them a PDF.  We frequently have problems with the last character or last line disappearing from text blocks.  We think this may have gotten worse as we are now transitioning from FH8 to MX.  Anyone have any advice on how to make the conversion more reliable?

Also, does Illustrator offer anyway to outline a single character in white (in FreeHand, we call this the inline effect)?

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Dennis,

I would suggest going from an early version of FH (8 or 9) to an early (pre CS) version of illustrator at least for the text and then let CS migrate the text from an earlier version of illustrator rather than from FH. You could also try migrating just the text layers via PDF if those are the layers giving you grief.

You can add a stroke (or more) to text objects in illustrator to get the same effect as inline. You then need to send the stroke behind the fill to get the font to look correct.


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You can add a stroke (or more) to text objects in illustrator to get the same effect as inline. You then need to send the stroke behind the fill to get the font to look correct.


use the appearance panel for this.

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There is actually a tutorial I wrote for this here: http://www.cartotalk...php?showtopic=4

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