Advice please, 6000 images

Hi guys,

Got a client that wants 6,000 images online on a budget.

Problem 1: They are currently DXF files (outlines of metal components ready to engineer - 1 pixel white lines on black backgrounds) I can convert on a PC (anyone know of a Mac version) from DXF to jpg in batches.

Problem 2: As they are only 1 pixel wide white lines, when reduced to thumbnail size to click on to enlarge, they just look like a black square -people need to see what the component looks like and I can’t think of any program that can just bump up the 1 pixel to several pixels wide automatically without taking into Photoshop, selecting the white areas and applying a 4 pixel Stroke.

Problem 3: The 6k of them!! - database required?

Any advice gratefully received - or is it a non-starter?

Thanks
Jonathan


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Problem 1: They are currently DXF files (outlines of metal
components ready to engineer - 1 pixel white lines on black
backgrounds) I can convert on a PC (anyone know of a Mac version)
from DXF to jpg in batches.

Perhaps using Automator to drive Preview? But I don’t know if it can
read DXF files. Anyway, Automator might well be what you need.
(Hmm. I wonder if GraphicConverter can read those DXF files?)

Problem 2: As they are only 1 pixel wide white lines, when reduced
to thumbnail size to click on to enlarge, they just look like a
black square

That will always be a problem. Could you use a crop of the graphic
rather than the full thing for the thumbnail?

Problem 3: The 6k of them!! - database required?

Probably, for any sensible kind of presentation. But it could be
simply a big pile of static pages with a carefully thought-through
navigation system, if searching and sorting isn’t required.

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(anyone know of a Mac version) from DXF to jpg in batches.

Try eDrawings: http://www.edrawingsviewer.com/


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As they are only 1 pixel wide white lines, when reduced to thumbnail size to click on to enlarge, they just look like a black square -people need to see what the component looks like

What I suggest you do is convert the files to a different format just for viewing online. If you use eDrawings, you can use the Mac’s built in print to pdf file option. The actual downloads would be the dxf files.


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You can place dxf files in Illustrator, bump up the strokes and then save for web. Remind your client he can can only have two of the three options Good-Fast-Cheap

Marcel


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