Adobe Illustrator (IEPS) Writer

Licensing options for this format begin with FME Desktop Professional Edition.

The Adobe Illustrator Encapsulated PostScript® (IEPS) Writer module enables FME to write Encapsulated PostScript export files specifically formatted to work with Adobe Illustrator. Illustrator IEPS is a type of EPS and makes use of some of the functionality of Adobe Illustrator.

The most significant additions are the use of layers and object attributes.

Note: In this format, many of the PostScript keywords have been shortened into special Adobe Illustrator single-letter functions, therefore, EPS files produced by this writer cannot be used outside the Adobe Illustrator application. If the EPS will be used in other applications, the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) Writer is a better format option.

IEPS is most often used for high-quality plots in desktop publishing software.

Format Overview

IEPS is a two-dimensional (2D) format with the ability to store user-defined attributes for the geometric data.

All IEPS information is contained in a single page beginning with a version header as well as a bounding box definition. IEPS is based upon the PostScript format which provides methods for graphical drawing, simple programming control structures and the ability to create user-defined variables and functions.

All IEPS data is contained in a single file with an .ieps extension.

File Name Extension



All vector geometric data.

Writer Overview

The IEPS writer supports export of points, lines, polygons, and text geometric data.

Some geometric entities may have display properties such as pen width, line type, and color. Color may be specified in red/green/blue (RGB) as well as cyan/magenta/yellow/black (CMYK).

Note: This writer may write very large files, since it creates an output coordinate for every source coordinate. If your files become too large, it is recommended that you first generalize your source data to make it less dense using the FME Workbench Generalizer transformer.

If the folder contains an older IEPS file, and it has the same file name, the older file will be overwritten with the new feature data.