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New book on Mathematica Graphics is needed

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  • Subject: [mg18877] New book on Mathematica Graphics is needed
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 03:30:12 -0400
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In version 4 we have the new functions Import, Export.
These functions are like Swiss Army knives, and I am 
having a hard time understanding many of features within 
them.  Maybe I am just inexperienced, but here are some 
of the features I don't understand:

When would one want to use Hierarchical Data Format, 
MAT matrix format, PNG format, portable graymap format,
portable pixmap format, portable anymap format,
Mathematica system-independent raster graphics format ?

Look at al the flavors of PostScript available:
  Encapsulated PostScript
  Mathematica abbreviated PostScript
  Encapsulated PostScript with device independent preview
  Encapsulated PostScript with TIFF preview
  PostScript image format
When would one want to use each type of PostScript ?
When would I want to use the various sound formats ?  
They include:
  AIFF format
  nu law encoding (.au)
  sound file format

The Help Browser says "In some formats, lists of frames for 
animated graphics can be given".  It clearly says this can be 
done for with GIF format.  In what other formats can we export
animations ?


The WRI web page demonstrates some image processing 
that can be done by using the new ListConvolve and ListCorrelate
functions.  I get the impression there is a whole world of possibilities 
besides what they demonstrate.  However, I wouldn't have a clue how 
to do any of it.  I think there is a need for a book that covers digital 
image processing with Mathematica.

Perhaps someone will come out with a book that covers the new 
capabilities with graphics in Mathematica.

Ted Ersek

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