How do you work with complex vector files?
June 17, 2014 8:58 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to make a 24x36" poster from some Excel tables. They're somewhat complex -- half-finished example here
(Flickr link). I exported PDFs from Excel and used Inkscape to arrange them. But Inkscape can't handle this much stuff at one time without becoming unusably slow. How can I arrange the layout while keeping everything vector?
posted by hjo3 to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm using a MacBook Pro (2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM). Surely this is adequate for this sort of work, right? I read that Xara Designer Pro was the fastest vector editor, so I tried that. But it bogs down as much as Inkscape (though I was running it in VMware/Windows 7). Then I tried Pages. Pages lets me manipulate everything in vector without slowing down, but it seems to lack the precision I want (I can't figure out how to perfectly crop the imported PDFs; maximum zoom is 400% and Edit Mask doesn't snap to edges or let you type in specific coordinates).
What software should I be using for this? I still want to add a large block of text and a bunch of small tables. I really really don't want to convert everything to massive bitmaps. Any advice would be appreciated, I'm at my wit's end with this stuff!