Scott and I need to edit some .eps files. Scott has Adobe Illustrator. I do not. Adobe no longer sells Illustrator. Instead Adobe offers a subscription for $21/month. They also offer a free trial. Given that I edit documents infrequently, I don’t want to pay for a subscription. (It cost over $200 before they switched to a subscription which is also more than I want to pay for my infrequent access.) For a while, Scott was editing all the documents to get around this problem.
Viewing eps files
This is easy. Viewing eps files works in Mac Preview
Creating/editing eps files
Inkscape allows creating/editing eps files (and svg files and other formats.) It works on most operating systems.
Here’s how I installed it on my Mac. (I donated money to Inkscape. But not $20 a month!)
Using Inkscape to create a file
The basic tutorial on the tutorials page gave me everything I needed to get started. It took a little time to get used to zoom mode being enabled when I wasn’t expecting it and selecting elements. But I was quickly able to create my image and exporting it to an eps file.
Using Inkscape to open a file
Inkscape gives an error when trying to open a file:
Failed to load the requested file xxx.eps
Luckily, there is an easy workaround. Macs can open an eps file in preview mode. You can save that to PDF and then open the PDF in Inkscape. I was able to edit the shapes and text from the imported PDF. Thank you to this blog post for the tip!