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MMA to Illustrator

  • To: mathgroup at christensen.Cybernetics.NET
  • Subject: [mg240] MMA to Illustrator
  • From: abraham at mail.ast.cam.ac.uk (Roberto Abraham)
  • Date: Mon, 28 Nov 94 14:57 GMT

Hi Mathgroupers,

This is a kind of hybrid Mathematica/Adobe Illustrator question, so
I hope this is the right forum to be asking this stuff...

I'm a new user of Adobe Illustrator (v.5.5 for the PowerMac), and I'm
having some trouble exporting Mathematica graphics saved in my
Mathematica (v.2.2.3 for the Mac) Notebooks into Illustrator format. I
fear I may be doing something really stupid, since I'm having trouble
on something that seems pretty basic.  In order to export the graphs
I've been copying the graphics into the clipboard and saving the
clipboard in Illustrator format, which seems to work fine. However,
when I open the saved file in Illustrator I find that data points do
not appear, although the rest of the graph shows up fine (eg. the
graph frame, labels, etc). The graphics I'm exporting are generally
pretty simple graphs, created using ListPlot and GraphicsArray in
Mathematica. Anyway, when I look at the graph in Illustrator's
"Artwork" view (the preview mode), I can see the *locations* of the
data points (there are tiny little dots there), but but the symbols
for the points don't show up. Interestingly, error bars on points DO
show up, although the points themselves don't. I've tried various
things like moving the axes of the graph to the background plane of
the drawing in case they're obscuring the points, with no luck. My
only theory, which seems pretty dubious, is that somehow the graphics
primitive used by Mathematica to draw data points is not being
correctly translated into Illustrator format.  Has anyone else been
having this problem, and does anyone have any suggestions with regard
to fixing this problem? Since I need to actually edit the graphs (as
opposed to just scale them and move them around), exporting them in
encapsulated postscript from Mathematica isn't really an option.

Many thanks,

Bob Abraham
abraham at mail.ast.cam.ac.uk
Institute of Astronomy,
Cambridge University



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