I tend to export my figures to Adobe Illustrator for tidying up, resizing,etc. I have been thinking for some time about creating a library that exports figures the way that I would want them to be exported to Illustrator. Currently I use a mix of exporting to the old Adobe Illustrator 5 format or eps. The problem with these formats tends to be the poor layering, excessive masking, and redundant presence of certain objects. For any given figure this results in a good 10 - 20 minutes of cleaning the figure. Before it is in the format I would have expected it to be exported in.
Requirements are: - layering of objects - (In the Illustrator/Adobe sense) - grouping of objects - text support - shapes with outer stroke - path support
My question is, before and IF I begin on this adventure, if anyone has any advice. Specifically: - code that already does this - export format, I think Adobe Illustrator 5 can do what I want, I'm not sure if eps can, I think pdf can - external libraries that support this functionality
Also, if anyone is interested in helping I'd be interested in knowing that as well.