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Containers were almost completely overhauled in v.12, so there may not be a viable native solution for you.
I always load vectors into web viewers, but that's just me.
I would suggest playing around with GetThumbnail()
This would at least allow you to override the native generated thumbnail with one who's dimensions you specify.
Not sure if a plugin would grant you the preview you're looking for, but it wouldn't hurt to look at something like supercontainer as well. http://www.360works.com/supercontainer/
I use SuperContainer in other environments. I really like the product, but I don't think it can be a solution in my case.
Anyway I'll do some tests. And of course I'll try to play with webviewers.
The custom thumbnail is not a viable option for me: the issue resides in having raster images instead of vectors. Creating a custom defined thumbnail (with an acceptable quality) would lead to a very big PDF...
Thanks again for your inputs.
Good luck! I haven't played around with eps vectors in web viewers before. I was using SVG code loaded into the web viewer to generate an image. I hope EPS is similar enough and you can read out the code to the web viewer. If not, I do know reading an SVG as text/code will work.
SVG in this case could be an option. Finger crossed!
If you switch of the generating of thumbnails on that file (File/Manage/Containers -> Thumbnails) you should be fine.
Hope that helps,
Ruben van den Boogaard
Unfortunately it doesn't change anything: the vector data are simply skipped.
As noted by Mike, container storage and management was changed in v12, so you may need to or benefit from changing the storage wettings to take advantage of this. If you do change the settings, you will be presented with a dialog allowing FM to transfer the container content to the new settings. If you haven't already done so, I suggest you try this on a copy of your file to see if it helps resolve the issue you are having.
Thanks for the suggestion, but it's the first thing I tried.
The adoption of the new graphical engine caused a serious problem when generating PDFs in 12: everything was transformed into a raster image, even the text put in the layout.
This issue seems to be addressed in 13 but, unfortunately, the fix doesn't extend to container data.
I tried to move the data from internal to external storage, I tried moving from eps to PDF, I tried the procedure on Mac and Win (the behaviour is different).
Yesterday I also tried to use a webviewer.
The only way I can get a PDF with vector images instead of their raster preview is using a WV showing a SVG, but since the scale of the images is not optimized, I cannot resize them properly.
That is most odd. I have absolutely no such trouble displaying PDF files in containers in either FM12 or 13. This includes PDFs that contain images. I wonder if the problem you are having lies beyond FM?
I don't have any problem in displaying PDFs, eps or whatever content supported by container fields.
The issue is that, if you try to print a PDF, you get a raster version of the content, not the vector content itself.
It wasn't like that before and is a major issue when you have to print a large catalogue with tons of technical drawings.
What OS are you printing from? When FileMaker 13 was released, the first thing I tested was web viewers printing SVGs. 13 running on a Mac printed SVGs in web viewers perfectly smooth, but 13 running on Windows printed the same jaggies as 12 did.
I have the very same problem, and it's a deal-breaker for FileMaker 13 on many projects.
To understand the problem:
On Windows, uising FileMaker 11:
1. Create a vector-based drawing in a drawing program capable of saving/exporting to EPS.
2. RightClick a Container Field. Select Insert Picture. Navigate to the the EPS. The EPS's low-res raster preview image is displayed in the Container Field. That's fine, because...
3. Print. Select Adobe PDF as the printer. The resulting PDF contains and displays the EPS artwork as fully-scaleable, resolution-independent vector artwork, not as its low-res raster preview.
On Windows, uising FileMaker 13:
Do exactly the same thing. But now the resulting PDF contains and displays just the low-res raster preview, which is unacceptable for the final published result.
On Mac, too.
I managed to have an acceptable quality working with thumbnails (at the moment the best option is the png format, for my customer).
But of course it's not a solution.
This is definitely a problem in FM 13 and has been discussed on the FM bug forum. Apparently this happend early on in v12 also? Definitely a deal breaker for our solution in FM 13! FM 13 will also not create thumbnails from pdf's in FM 13 either. FIX FIX FIX!!