I have some questions about file types that I've been wondering about for a
while. Recently at my workplace we made the switch from using postscript
files exported from InDesign for our computer-to-plate workflow to using pdf
instead. I was having TONS of problems when I was using postscript files and
ever since I have made the switch to pdf, my troubles have been over
entirely. My questions is this: Are postscript files a thing of the past and
should no longer be used, or are there still instances where it would be
good to use postscript files?
This leads me to another question I have. Is there ever a good reason to use
an place eps files in InDesign? Or is it better to us Photoshop and
Illustrator files nowadays? I hope my questions are clear enough...
Thanks in advance for your replies!
My opinion: While .PS and distill are a practice from the ancient past, some still practice it because of unique machine limitations, or as a work-around to technical problems. But your shift toward exporting a PDF is a much better current practice. That same view carries over onto .EPS files. I have long preferred to leave them alone in favor of .PSD (native files from Photoshop) .AI, PDF (native vector from Illustrator). EPS files cannot transparency and blend properly with other art on the page. They don't know color-management. Still, there can be exceptions on rare occasions.
What Mike said (very well!)
Thanks so much for the replies! Glad to know that the switch to a pdf workflow was probably a good idea.