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Re: Exporting Cells to PDF

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  • Subject: [mg36765] Re: [mg36746] Exporting Cells to PDF
  • From: Dale Horton <daleh at>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 01:34:16 -0400 (EDT)
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At 03:32 AM 9/22/2002, 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.

This is a limitation of PDF export. The mechanism for exporting GIF, JPEG, 
and other raster formats is completely different than the system used for 
PDF export. Because of this PDF export is limited to graphics expressions. 
Cells and Notebooks cannot be converted via Export.

However, there is a way to generate PDFs using the frontend. See


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