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Frequently Asked Questions - CoolMaps
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Q: In CorelDRAW5 / Photo-Paint 5, I cannot fully open the CoolMaps Bitmap files.

A: There is a CorelDRAW5 (which includes Photo-Paint 5.0) limitation that it cannot open files greater than 16 megabytes in size. For full image operation, you should upgrade to CorelDRAW6 (Photo-Paint 6.0) or higher.

Q: In CorelDRAW5 / Photo-Paint 5, I can't open JPEG images.

A: There are 4 versions of CorelDRAW5 (which includes Photo-Paint 5.0). Photo-Paint Select which comes with HP 4P/C scanners does not have JPEG filters. The Corel Draw Suite, HP Paint, and Photo-Paint Plus all incorporate JPEG filters.


Q: In QuarkXpress, there is difficulty printing from the JPEG CoolMaps. Basically you cannot print unless you converts to TIFF. Is this correct?

A: The problem is not that it's a JPEG - it's that it is in RGB mode (we are assuming that separations are required because RGB JPEGs will print as colour composites straight from QuarkXPress - on an ink jet printer for example).

To print as separations the map must first be changed to CMYK mode (in Photoshop or some other image-editing application). It can then be saved as a TIFF / JPEG / EPS or whatever else QuarkXPress can import. The preferred format for separation output is EPS DCS (five files for each image), which can be output on an imagesetter much faster than any other format.

The reason that it is in RGB, is a) that not everyone wants CMYK files (multimedia and web users for example), and b) those who do want CMYK format usually prefer to convert to CMYK after they have done the manipulation work (smaller files thus faster), and also use their own separation tables (there are many) depending on what the print method is to be.

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