Guidelines for Sharing Files Between PC and MAC Platforms

Embed True Type Fonts if you believe you may have used uncommon fonts.

Use universal fonts, such as: Arial, Courier, Verdana, Times New Roman, Symbol, and Zapf Dingbats or Wingdings.

MathType is incompatible between platforms. To avoid translation errors save notations out as a rasterizer image (TIFF).

File names may not contain more than eight characters and the file extension may not contain more than 3 characters. Do not use dashes, plus signs and spaces, but underscores are expectable.

Avoid duplicating file extensions. Before adding an extension, make sure the application’s preference does not have “Add Extensions” turned on.

Do not make self-expanding ZIPped files. MacOS does not know what to do with .exe files. Also, note what kind of file(s) you have put in a .zip file.

When burning data to a CD select ISO-9660 format.

Movie formats (create two): MAC- save movies out as a Quick Time Movie (mov), PC-Audio Video Interleaved (AVI).

Prepare graphics reasonably for import. Graphics should be scaled at 100% (meaning- the actual size for output) and at a resolution of 144 (pictures) to 200 (small fine text or charts) before imported into a document. The larger the file size, increases the chances for print and sharing problems.

Using Photoshop to Resample an Image
1. first make sure the document size option “Constrain Proportions” is selected (width + height + resolution are linked).
2. Edit the resolution option to a reasonable image size; at this time, the width and height will increase.
3.Select option “Resample Image” (now, only width + height are linked) and edit width and height to the actual out-put size. Apply the same procedure for the opposite effect.

When importing graphics insert graphic, do not link to file.  

CMAA 3-13-03