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Re: Re: Exporting formulae as GIFs

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  • Subject: [mg22852] Re: [mg22809] Re: Exporting formulae as GIFs
  • From: Bojan Bistrovic <bojanb at python.physics.odu.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 02:51:12 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

> Thanks for the pointer. I was hoping for something more specific if
> possible. In preparing a series of manuscripts for publication, I've been
> exporting formulae as "EPS" format (or EPSTIFF) and then inserting  them
> into a Word (or TeX) document. This works very well for the postscript
> output, as the eps files look exactly like what's on the screen (the TIFF
> previews are often weirdly trucated though). When I save individual formulae
> as bitmaps (Save Selection As Bitmap), I also get images that are true to
> what I see in the notebook in terms of line breaks.  Unfortunately, the
> 72dpi resolution is not very legible and I haven't been able to increase the
> resolution, perhaps because I haven't yet found the correct options to
> adjust the bitmap resolution for the menu command. While the eps output is
> lovely for publication purposes, I would like to do the same with bitmap or
> gif images, mostly so that I can pass the manuscript past my co-authors in
> electronic form (a step that necessarily comes before sharing it with
> publishers :)
> 
> The problem is that the exported images don't bear much relationship to
> what's on the screen in the Mathematica notebook. When I export them the way you
> recommend, line breaks are inserted about half way across the page. In the
> Option Inspector, I have tried adjusting PageWidth , LinebreakWithin, and
> "PageWidth" (ExportTypesetOptions) options. I've even tried experimenting
> with the penalty function in LinebreakAdjustments and specifying different
> values for ImageSize, without much luck. The same thing happens in 640 x
> 480, 800 x 600 etc. screen modes
> 
> It's only a minor problem, I know, since the postscript output works well.
> Still, there must be a simpler alternative than the suggestion from WRI
> technical support to oblige my colleagues to download MathReader or hunt
> down a postscript printer just to be able to print a legible copy of a
> manuscript that will inevitably undergo many revisions.
> 
> Thanks again for this and ther good advice.
> 
> A. Sharma
> --------------------------------------------------
> Atul Sharma MD, FRCP(C)
> Pediatric Nephrologist,
> McGill University/Montreal Children's Hospital
> 
> 
Here's a possible solution: since PostScript works, download GhostScript and
GhostView from it's homepage http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/ or one of the
mirrors, finish the whole document, and then convert it to some other
format (like PDF or PCL or whatever) which is readable to all your
co-authors. Or have them download and install GhostScript/GhostView; this
sounds the same as the suggestion to have them download MathReader. The
main difference is that GS/GV combination is available for ALL platforms
and operating systems and it's usefulness goes far beyond converting
PostScript documents to other formats.

Bojan

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Bojan Bistrovic,                                      bojanb at jlab.org
Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA & Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA
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