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Re: copy-paste bitmaps?

  • To: mathgroup at christensen.cybernetics.net
  • Subject: [mg983] Re: copy-paste bitmaps?
  • From: pehowland at taz.dra.hmg.gb (Paul E. Howland)
  • Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 07:14:41 -0400
  • Organization: Defence Research Agency

In article <3n9s9f$poj at news0.cybernetics.net>, heidrun at fmechds01.tu-graz.ac.at (Heidrun Kirchweger) writes:
>I have a question: Are there plans to enhance Mathematica so
>that I can copy-paste bitmaps or pictures in other formats like Corel Draw
>and so on into the notebook?
>
>I teach mechanics with the use of Mathematica at university classes and it
>would be very convienent for me to get able to include drawings, sketches,
>....which I have drawn with other software into the notebook. It's so straining
>now that I always have to print them, cut them out and glue them on my printouts
>and then xeroxing the whole stuff while with most other Windows-software one
>can simply copy-paste and then print it.
>
You can do this already!  I regularly cut and paste between applications
without any difficulty under MS Windows.  Admittedly I haven't tried this with
Corel Draw, but it certainly works with Harvard Graphics and PowerPoint.  You
can also cut and paste in the other direction, ie. from Mathematica to another
application, which is useful for including Mathematica plots in reports written
in Word or WordPerfect.  You don't say how you're trying to do this cut and
paste.  I simply have Mathematica and the other application running, and then

1. Select the graphics object in the application I want to copy.
2. Press Ctrl-C to copy.
3. Press Alt-Tab to make Mathematica active.
4. Press Alt-V to paste the graphic into Mathematica.  

I find it an extremely useful feature, and one of the better things about MS
Windows.

Paul E Howland                         

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