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Re: Thin Lines in Plots

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  • Subject: [mg14746] Re: Thin Lines in Plots
  • From: paulh (P.J. Hinton)
  • Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 02:17:45 -0500
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
  • References: <72bdp8$>
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In article <72bdp8$ju0 at>, "efarr" <efarr at>
|> I'm getting awfully thin lines in my plots, which need to be pasted
into |>  Word documents as metafiles.  I've played with the Thickness
function |>  under PlotStyle and FrameStyle, but that doesn't solve the
problem.  |> A  thickness of 0.004 is too thin, and .005 is too thick! 
I'm running |>  Mathematica Version 3.0.1, Word 97, and Win NT ver 4. 
|> This problem didn't happen in Version 2.2 of Mathematica.  Has anyone
|> else seen this?  Are there any workarounds?

If the printer that will be producing the hardcopy is a PostScript
printer, you may want to consider using Encapsulated PostScript as your
transfer medium instead of Windows Metafile.  Recall that Mathematica
graphics are stored in the front end as PostScript code, so the line
thickness will be preserved if you export to this format.

To do this, you will need to export the graphic using the front end menu

		Edit -> Save Selection As -> EPS

This command should be performed _after_ you have selected the cell
bracket of the graphic to be exported.

Bringing the EPS graphic into Microsoft Word 97 is done by the  Word
menu command:

		Insert -> Picture...

Word will not be able to render the EPS on screen.  You will get just a
dummy graphic.  However, when you print the document, the graphic will
be rendered properly on the printer.

You can use a utility like GSView32 to add a Metafile preview to the EPS
graphic so that you will have some sort of picture to  look at once the
file is imported into Word, but this is more for aesthetic reasons than
anything else.

If your graphic makes use of Mathematica-specific fonts, you will need
to make sure that your printer has these fonts resident in memory
before you print your Word document.  Some tips on how to handle this
can be found at our Technical Support website:

P.J. Hinton	
Mathematica Programming Group		paulh at Wolfram Research,
Inc. Disclaimer: Opinions expressed
herein are those of the author alone.

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