Ye Olde Rocket Forum

Go Back   Ye Olde Rocket Forum > Semroc > SAM - Semroc Astronautic Modeler Team
User Name
Password
Auctions Register FAQ Members List Calendar Today's Posts Search Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-18-2011, 12:01 PM
slant-six slant-six is offline
Junior Rocketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5
Default How do you download JimZ plans with a mac?

Hi,

I have a few Semroc Xkits and just tried to download instructions from JimZ's site. I have a mac and tried to open them in photoshop since they are tif files, but it could not recognize the file type. Has anyone else printed these files from a mac? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

alan
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-18-2011, 12:36 PM
CPMcGraw's Avatar
CPMcGraw CPMcGraw is offline
BARCLONE Rocketry
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mobile, Alabama
Posts: 5,357
Default

I don't use a Mac, but I do use Linux. The Mac uses a variation of the BSD Mach kernel, so they're very similar.

I just downloaded a TIF at random from JimZ and opened it using GIMP (free download, similar to Photoshop) without any problem. What other TIF viewers are there available for Mac?

Does JimZ have a PDF download available for the plans you wanted? You should be able to open a PDF on any platform.
__________________
Craig McGraw

BARCLONE Rocketry -- http://barclone.rocketshoppe.com
BARCLONE Blogsite -- http://barclone.wordpress.com
BARCLONE Forum -- BARCLONE Forum

BARs helping BARs

SAM 0044
AMA 352635
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-18-2011, 12:39 PM
slant-six slant-six is offline
Junior Rocketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5
Default

No, unfortunately that one is not available as a PDF. I will try the gimp. Thanks for the tip.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-18-2011, 04:33 PM
conleyt's Avatar
conleyt conleyt is offline
Dazed and Confused!
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 184
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slant-six
Hi,

I have a few Semroc Xkits and just tried to download instructions from JimZ's site. I have a mac and tried to open them in photoshop since they are tif files, but it could not recognize the file type. Has anyone else printed these files from a mac? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

alan


On my Mac the tif files open with Preview.

Tom C.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-18-2011, 07:49 PM
BEC's Avatar
BEC BEC is online now
Master Modeler
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Auburn, Washington
Posts: 3,002
Default

As they do on mine as well.....

Though I admit I've not tried to print to scale from Preview. If you're just printing instructions to go with a Semroc kit that is not a real concern.....
__________________
Bernard Cawley
NAR 89040 L1 - Life Member
SAM 0061
AMA 42160
KG7AIE
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-19-2011, 04:36 PM
kurth's Avatar
kurth kurth is offline
Low and Slow
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 46
Default

Hello,

I found sometimes preview would display the tiff files inverted in color, white on a black page. I have had good luck with "xee" for image viewing on the mac

http://wakaba.c3.cx/s/apps/xee

I hope it helps.

-Kurt
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-19-2011, 05:51 PM
Mark II's Avatar
Mark II Mark II is offline
Forest Sprite
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Back Up in the Woods
Posts: 3,657
Default

In whatever image viewer you use, set the resolution for 300 dpi. All plans and templates from JimZ's site will print out at the correct scale with that setting. Back when I had my iMac (OSX 10.2.8, so yeah, it was awhile ago), I downloaded and used plans from JimZ's with no trouble at all
__________________
Mark S. Kulka NAR #86134 L1,_ASTRE #471_Adirondack Mountains, NY
Opinions Unfettered by Logic Advice Unsullied by Erudition Rocketry Without Pity
+09281962-TAK-08272007+
SAM # 0011
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-27-2011, 05:41 PM
jharding58's Avatar
jharding58 jharding58 is offline
Master Modeler
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Kennesaw, GA
Posts: 1,936
Default

I have the reciprocal problem in that opening a tif on a Windows machine will enable accurate rendering under Quicktime but prints a blank page. To get around that I went to Irfanview. Enables the page to be opened, and printed without issue. You are required to copy/paste the page URL into the viewer, but it operates pretty well perfectly.
__________________
Gravity is a harsh mistress
SAM 002
NAR 91005
"The complexity of living is eminently favored to the simplicity of not."
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-28-2011, 02:37 PM
mwtoelle's Avatar
mwtoelle mwtoelle is offline
Flying since 1977
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Middle TN
Posts: 407
Default

The easiest way to get the .tif files from JimZ is to ctrl-click (on a Mac, right-click on a PC) on the image that you want to save, and choose "Save Link as" (Firefox) or "Download Linked File" (Safari). As stated earlier, Preview should open the file. To get a correct;y sized print out of the file, I use IrfanView to print it. Make sure the "Original size (from image DPI)" option is checked under print size in the print dialog box. HTH.
__________________
'Til next time,

Mike Toelle

NAR 31692 L1

SAM 0373
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-28-2011, 09:19 PM
slant-six slant-six is offline
Junior Rocketeer
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 5
Default

Thanks a lot. Since I posted my more computer literate wife showed me the ctrl/click method of "saving as" and I have been able to open the tiff in photoshop. Thanks a lot for all your help.

alan
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.0.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Ye Olde Rocket Shoppe 1998-2021