Cut Lines not showing in Versaworks EPS files but will with PDF files

ml4cs

New Member
Using CorelDRAW2020 Versaworks 6.8 (now) started with 6.71 last night but updated hoping that would fix this

So something weird started happening last night, when I create a new EPS file with the cut contour line (as I have done hundreds of times...maybe more) the cut line doesnt show up in versaworks, tried updating, restarting, running in admin, different export setting for eps and none of them work

when I exported the same file as PDF it pulled the cut lines in no problem

This is not isolated to one file, this is happening with every SVG image I have tested it on now.

I am sure there is something simple setting wise I am doing wrong but I cannot figure it out

Tried different color export setting, native, RGB and CMYK convert and not convert, literally tried every combination, ensure the spot color was set correctly CutContour etc
 
Why not print the .pdfs if they work?

I'm thinking it's a setting that must have been changed in CorelDRAW for .eps files (it's not creating outlines out of the spot colour strokes or something, is it? Like, did a box get checked that wasn't supposed to wheile saving?)
 
Are there any transparencies/gradients in the file?

Versaworks has struggled with those for many years, only resolving the issue recently I believe.
Here is a video on how to construct a file that should work that hopefully should work:
 

MP Custom

New Member
I have often have random issues with eps and ai files not exporting the contour or just corrupting. 10 out of 10 times just clearing the catche or shutting down then restarting gets it working again.
 

WYLDGFI

Merchant Member
Not sure if corel has transparency....but you may want to look into that. Same issue arises within Illustrator and Caldera for us once in a while.
 

Lindsey

Not A New Member
Sounds like you already reviewed the file export settings, but when exporting as an .eps in Corel, there is a "convert spot colors to cmyk/rgb" check box. Make sure it's un-checked.
 
For what it's worth, we've been using only PDF files in Versaworks for many years now. Maybe it's time to switch? EPS is a legacy format, so it only really makes sense to use it if you're on a legacy system that doesn't support PDF.
 
For what it's worth, we've been using only PDF files in Versaworks for many years now. Maybe it's time to switch? EPS is a legacy format, so it only really makes sense to use it if you're on a legacy system that doesn't support PDF.

We also almost exclusively use PDFs with VersaWorks as well. Just a workflow that we use.

The only frustrations we face is when have to open up one in Illustrator and there's silly masks everywhere.. ..but since we have a working .AI, that isn't generally a problem.
 
The only frustrations we face is when have to open up one in Illustrator and there's silly masks everywhere.. ..but since we have a working .AI, that isn't generally a problem.

PDF is a format for finished production files, not working files, and clipping masks are a basic building block of how PDF files are built. Editing a PDF in Illustrator means you're taking a production format and reverse-engineering it back to a working format, which is always going to be a bit messy.

If you don't want the mess of clipping masks, use AI files, as you said. Illustrator can open PDFs, but it is not meant to be a PDF editor. Adobe's PDF editor is an application called Acrobat.
 

petepaz

Member
when you have to flatten the images then it should work. don't know why it works that way that's usually the issue
 

ml4cs

New Member
Thanks for all the feedback, looks like right now I will stay with exporting as PDF as I have tried so many, basically every, possible way to get the eps to work but it doesn't seem to matter on the production side
 
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