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How to save/export as tiff in a script?

Apr 9, 2012 2:24 PM

Tags: #script #export #tiff

I need to use indesign server to convert an idml file to a tiff.

I find that I can easily export to a jpg (which is lossy) or a pdf (which is not), but I cannot find any options to export to tiff. Is this possible?


If not, what is my best bet since I will have to convert it to tiff using another process.

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    Apr 10, 2012 12:42 AM   in reply to gmauer

    You could export to PDF and then render a TIFF in PhotoShop. In that way you have more control over image quality and color space.



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    Apr 10, 2012 11:29 AM   in reply to gmauer

    It certainly depends on the platform you're working on.

    To do so in PhotoShop you could use BridgeTalk if you want to stick with InDesign scripting launching PhotoShop, open up the PDF with some parameters and saving the new file as TIFF in a directory of your choice.


    Search for "BridgeTalk"  in this forum. There are some examples for implementation around here…


    OR: implement some Acrobat Pro scripting to export to TIFF via Acrobat Pro.


    OR: use some hotfolder based tools that come with some PDF workflow systems.



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    Apr 10, 2012 12:37 PM   in reply to gmauer

    My understanding is that just about anything you do with InDesign, you can script with InDesign Server - are you saying that is untrue?


    I don't have ID server… but where do you see *.tiff export in the standard ID? ( I only have CS5 btw )

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    Apr 10, 2012 1:54 PM   in reply to Muppet Mark

    ID server has pretty much everything that's in ID except anything that has to do with UI.


    As for exporting a TIFF, InDesign does not support exporting tiff's.


    You can export a jpg, converting that to tiff.


    You can also write a plug in that could export a TIFF (see the SDK).




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    Apr 11, 2012 11:36 AM   in reply to gmauer

    It does seem that there should be a non-lossy raster export format.


    Here's a nutty idea: export to swf with rasterizePages set to true and rasterCompression at RasterCompressionOptions.LOSSLESS_COMPRESSION and then extract the png from the resulting swf with swftools. At least that way you wouldn't be relying on a third-party tool to perform the rasterization.



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