When you insert a large graphic in the Encapsulated
PostScript (EPS) file format in a publication in Microsoft Office Publisher
2003, that graphic may take longer than you expect to import. During this time,
you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- The Insert Picture dialog box remains on
- The progress bar remains on the screen without
- The Publisher window title bar may change to read:
“Publication Name – Microsoft Publisher – Print
Publication (Not Responding)”.
When you insert an EPS graphic into a publication, the EPS
graphic import filter parses the EPS file to create a preview image. This
preview image is what you see on the screen and prints if you print the
publication to a non-PostScript printer.
Most large EPS files are
large because they contain raster (pixel-based) data. EPS files from Adobe
Photoshop, EPS files that contain embedded Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
images, and EPS files that contain vector shapes with special effects (such as
blurs and drop shadows) all contain raster data.
It can take the EPS
graphic filter a long time to parse the raster-based data in a large EPS file.
To work around this problem, use one of the following
Method 1: Wait Until the Image Imports
The EPS file will import eventually, even if Publisher behaves as
if it has stopped responding.
Method 2: Convert the File to a Different Format
Open the EPS file in a drawing or in a photo editing program and
save it in a different format. To do this, use a drawing or photo editing
program and then convert the EPS into one of the following formats:
- TIFF: If the file does not contain spot colors or clipping
paths, you can convert the file to a TIFF file.
- EMF: If the file contains clipping paths but not spot
colors, you can convert the file to an Enhanced Windows Metafile (EMF) file.
Although the EMF format is Red-Green-Blue (RGB), Publisher can separate RGB
has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed
at the beginning of this article.
Earlier versions of Publisher cannot import an EPS file that
is larger than 16 megabytes (MB). This limit has been removed for Publisher
2003, but large EPS files can take a long time to import.