Opening EPS Files

Asked by highpockets on 2010-04-29

I am currently running Inkscape 0.47 r22583, built Nov 21 2009, on XP Pro. Error message upon dragging an EPS file onto an iS window:

"Failed to load the requested file...."

After viewing the multiple answers to this previously asked question...

a) Why hasn't EPS opening capability been added to the Open dialog box, for ease?

b) I have Ghostscript loaded in another subdirectory, and the Inkscape FAQ's say that "ps2pdf" has to be in "the path". What path, and where, and typed in how??? Please reply with exact command line text or Shortcut Properties text, so iS will open and be able to view an EPS file.

Thanks,
Mark

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sas (sas-sas) said : #1

Firstly, you need to find out where ps2pdf is on your machine. It's in the Ghostscipt lib directory, which is probably something like C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.71\lib

Then you need to add this to the system Path: from the Start button, go to Settings, Control Panel, System, Advanced, Enviroment Variables, then select Path in the bottom panel, click Edit, and (in the ridiculously small edit box provided) add a semicolon to the end of whatever's there at the moment, and then add C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.71\lib (or whatever it is on your machine).

You will also need to add the Ghostscipt bin directory to the system Path. (This will be the same as the lib directory, but ending in bin rather than lib.)

highpockets (misc-spinn) said : #2

Didn't work, even after 2 reboots. What now?
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: sas
  To: <email address hidden>
  Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 2:18 PM
  Subject: Re: [Question #108767]: Opening EPS Files

  Your question #108767 on Inkscape changed:
  https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/108767

      Status: Open => Answered

  sas proposed the following answer:
  Firstly, you need to find out where ps2pdf is on your machine. It's in
  the Ghostscipt lib directory, which is probably something like
  C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.71\lib

  Then you need to add this to the system Path: from the Start button, go
  to Settings, Control Panel, System, Advanced, Enviroment Variables, then
  select Path in the bottom panel, click Edit, and (in the ridiculously
  small edit box provided) add a semicolon to the end of whatever's there
  at the moment, and then add C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.71\lib (or whatever
  it is on your machine).

  You will also need to add the Ghostscipt bin directory to the system
  Path. (This will be the same as the lib directory, but ending in bin
  rather than lib.)

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Oleg Koptev (koptev-oleg) said : #3

well.

as a possible workaround - try to rename extension to .pdf and open it in
Inkscape - in some cases it is works! :)
or try to use online converter http://convert.neevia.com/ - upload EPS and
select PDF for conversion.

of course it is only small 'hacks'

cheers, Oleg

sas (sas-sas) said : #4

> Didn't work, even after 2 reboots.

Rebooting isn't necessary.

> What now?

That depends on what you did wrong. Type

path

at a command prompt and hit Enter. Post the result here.

highpockets (misc-spinn) said : #5

Thanks for the tip, Oleg.

It didn't work in this instance.

Mark
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Oleg Koptev
  To: <email address hidden>
  Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 10:54 PM
  Subject: Re: [Question #108767]: Opening EPS Files

  Your question #108767 on Inkscape changed:
  https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/108767

      Status: Open => Answered

  Oleg Koptev proposed the following answer:
  well.

  as a possible workaround - try to rename extension to .pdf and open it in
  Inkscape - in some cases it is works! :)
  or try to use online converter http://convert.neevia.com/ - upload EPS and
  select PDF for conversion.

  of course it is only small 'hacks'

  cheers, Oleg

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highpockets (misc-spinn) said : #6

PATH=C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Bin;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTSystem\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QBPOSSDKRuntime;c:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\binn\; C:\IrfanView\Plugins\gs8.71\lib; C:\IrfanView\Plugins\gs8.71\bin;

and a brief directory listing of "....\lib"

07/05/2007 12:04 PM 315 ps2pdf
09/18/2007 12:01 PM 509 ps2pdf.bat
09/18/2007 12:01 PM 953 ps2pdf.cmd
07/05/2007 12:04 PM 260 ps2pdf12
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf12.bat
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf12.cmd
07/05/2007 12:04 PM 260 ps2pdf13
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf13.bat
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf13.cmd
07/05/2007 12:04 PM 260 ps2pdf14
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf14.bat
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 330 ps2pdf14.cmd
01/10/2009 02:11 PM 1,130 ps2pdfwr
02/25/2008 08:10 AM 1,381 ps2pdfxx.bat
01/10/2009 02:11 PM 676 ps2ps
12/28/2005 05:11 PM 501 ps2ps.bat
12/28/2005 11:56 AM 692 ps2ps.cmd
01/10/2009 02:11 PM 704 ps2ps2
12/28/2005 05:11 PM 530 ps2ps2.bat

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: sas
  To: <email address hidden>
  Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 2:00 AM
  Subject: Re: [Question #108767]: Opening EPS Files

  Your question #108767 on Inkscape changed:
  https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/108767

  sas proposed the following answer:
  > Didn't work, even after 2 reboots.

  Rebooting isn't necessary.

  > What now?

  That depends on what you did wrong. Type

  path

  at a command prompt and hit Enter. Post the result here.

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Best sas (sas-sas) said : #7

Your system Path has spaces before the two Ghostscript items. Remove those and you should be OK.

highpockets (misc-spinn) said : #8

Thanks, SAS, that fixed it!