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Exporting and Editing MMA Graphics?

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  • Subject: [mg4456] Exporting and Editing MMA Graphics?
  • From: siegman at (A. E. Siegman)
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1996 02:37:14 -0400
  • Organization: Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

I want to generate graphics (scientific plots, etc.) in mma, 
export them to files, and then edit and touch them up (add 
text labels,change fonts, change line weights, rotate or 
reshape) in a graphics program (probably SuperPaint), for 
use in TeX and other word-processing documents.  What's the 
best way to do this? (in terms of editing capability after
export and good printing, including scaled).  (B&W only.)

Specific questions raised by a few tests already performed:

1) Best to export via the clipboard, or via writing to a file?

2)  If I export thru the clipboard, does it make any difference 
whether I initially copy the graphic cell itself, or the 
"Graphics" cell just underneath it?

3)  If I convert the clipboard to PICT (not Bitmap PICT), 
save to a file, and open the file with SuperPaint, it comes 
out in the "Draw" layer, and each element in the graphic seems 
to be a separate object, which I can drag, edit, change line 
weight, etc. -- but I guess I've then irretrievably lost any 
Postscript information...?

But if I do the same except converting the clipboard to "Embedded 
Postscript PICT" before saving, then the entire graphic seems 
to be one object, which I can't edit in SuperPaint.

Any way to get the virtues of both?  (Or a better way to do this?)

4)  Any place I should look (besides rtfm) for more information 
on these kinds of questions?

   Thanks for any assistance.

   siegman at


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