Porting Mathematica graphics to MicroSoft Point, with quality

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg39432] Porting Mathematica graphics to MicroSoft Point, with quality*From*: liu at vtaix.cc.vt.edu (Xiangdong Liu)*Date*: Fri, 14 Feb 2003 03:26:37 -0500 (EST)*Organization*: Virginia Tech*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi, I asked a question about how to control thickness of curves drawn with ParametricPlot3D yesterday, and several experts responded to me. Thank you all. Now I have another question about using Mathematica in a Windows environment. I plot 2D and 3D graphics that have many details. When Mathematica displays these plots on a monitor, the curves are not very smooth and exhibit stair-step patterns. I attribute this to the relatively low absolute resolution of the monitor. At 1600 pixel horizontal resolution on a 21 inch monitor, the abs resolution is about 100 dpi. Indeed, when I print the plots from Mathematica (which must in turn call some Windows functions or templates) to a 600 dpi printer, the plots look much smoother and sharper. But if I copy and paste the Mathematica graphics to PowerPoint, the graphics look not even as good as in Mathematica. And when I print the PowerPoint document on the same 600 dpi printer, the graphics look just as bad as in PowerPoint. I tried "Paste" and all options under "Paste Special". None achieves as good quality as I see with printing directly from within Mathematica. I also tried saving the graphics as picture files (bitmap) from within Mathematica and then "Insert" the pictures from PowerPoint. Still see poor quality. I remember using Tex and LaTex to write document in the past. I would save Mathematica graphics as eps files and then link them in to Tex or LaTex. The quality of the graphics, when printed, look good. PowerPoint, on the other hand, does not seem to read the eps files generated by Mathematica. So, what's the proper way of porting Mathematica graphics to PowerPoint (or any other MS Office software) to fully utilize the printer capability? Sorry for the long post. Xiangdong Liu