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Re: Exporting Cells to PDF

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  • Subject: [mg36756] Re: Exporting Cells to PDF
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <slhollis at>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 03:32:54 -0400 (EDT)
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I recently communicated with technical support about precisely this 
issue. Here's their reply:

``PDF and AI export use psrender, which is a MathLink program that 
interfaces with the kernel. Since the kernel has no knowledge of how 
cells are formatted, export cannot generate PDF and AI for cells, just 

Note that this is contrary to the documentation, which says:

``All graphics formats in Export can handle any type of 2D or 3D 
Mathematica graphics. ... They can also handle Notebook and Cell objects."

Selwyn Hollis

Dave wrote:
> I've been using Mathematica 4.1 on Win98 as a word processor for
> math-related documents, but often people that need to see the documents
> don't have Mathematica, and for whatever reason on my computer the HTML
> saves don't work at all. I'd like to export to PDF format. I can export
> images to PDF format no problem using, for example
> Export["c:\docs\plot3.pdf", Plot[Sin[x],{x,-2Pi,2Pi}]],
> and I can export cells correctly to GIF, JPEG, and WMF formats (probably
> more, those are the only ones I tested) using, for example
> Export["c:\docs\cell4.gif", Cell[ <<...(copied cell data from Edit->Copy
> As->Cell Expression)...>> ]]
> When I change the filename to a .PDF and evaluate the cell, the program
> displays 'Running...' for a second and gives the 'Out[n] = c:\docs\cell4.pdf
> ' message as if a file was created, but no file is created anywhere with any
> name that I could find with Start->Find->[All files and folders created in
> the previous day].
> Is there a limitation to PDF exporting I don't know about? Do I need to
> upgrade to 4.2? Am I doing something wrong with the Export[] command? Do I
> need a faster computer? A patch? Something else?
> Thanks in advance.

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