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Importing EPS

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  • Subject: [mg29020] Importing EPS
  • From: "Michael" <michael at>
  • Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 01:47:56 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


I am trying to important some figures from applications such as VISIO into
Mathematica.  I have exported the figures to encapsulated Postscript (EPS),
but when I go to import from Mathematica, I get the following errors:


>From In[1]:=
LinkObject::"linkv": "Argument \!\(System`Dump`localRasterValue\) in \
\!\(LinkReadyQ[System`Dump`localRasterValue]\) is not a valid LinkObject."

>From In[1]:=
LinkObject::"linkv": "Argument \!\(System`Dump`localRasterValue\) in \
\!\(LinkError[System`Dump`localRasterValue]\) is not a valid LinkObject."

>From In[1]:=
   Unexpected end of file (probably unclosed parenthesis).
     (line 12 of "C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\000001a99639")

I tried to use TracePrint to see what was happening and noticed that some
experimental functions were being referenced, perhaps to import binary
values.  However the trace was rather long (I would attach it but the file
is 6.8MB long) and I didn't really get anywhere with this.

I have seen earlier articles suggest that the Graphics[] statement being
constructed can be salvaged from the temp file referenced above, however
there isn't enough of the figure I am trying to import for this to be
useful.  From what I can see, the problem might be converting text???

I have version 4.0 of Mathematica, and am wondering if this has been fixed
in 4.1, or if Wolfram is aware of the problem.  I have also had intermittent
problems importing other types of files, but usually in those cases retrying
it works.  There is no mention of Import being experimental so I would
expect it to work!?  Also, I have installed J/Link, not that it should make
any difference but who knows?

Any ideas?


Michael Schmidt
michael at

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