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Re: Mathematica exports curves in pieces to Illustrator

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  • Subject: [mg45404] Re: Mathematica exports curves in pieces to Illustrator
  • From: Selwyn Hollis <sh2.7183 at>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2004 04:17:08 -0500 (EST)
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I've used Macromedia Freehand for years, but I'm planning to switch to 
Adobe Illustrator. (You can find full information and download a 30-day 
trial version at An application of that type is really 
indispensable in a number of ways. You can easily touch up 
Mathematica-generated graphics to get effects that would take a great 
deal of effort to get in Mathematica, if possible at all. 
(Anti-aliasing and color adjustments come to mind.) Moreover, technical 
drawings are quite easy to produce once you get used to things.

Selwyn Hollis
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On Jan 5, 2004, at 3:50 AM, David Park wrote:

> Yas,
> I have often wondered about programs that would take Mathematica plot 
> output
> and allow improvements to be made on the plots. What programs are 
> available,
> what will they do for you and roughly how much do they cost? How well 
> do
> they work with 3D graphics? Are they worth it?
> One of the things I don't like about Mathematica 3D graphics is the 
> poor
> rendering. There are often extra lines and spots that shouldn't appear 
> in
> the graphics. Do programs like Illustrator solve these problems? When 
> I look
> at some of the sample 3D plots on the WRI web site, they look as if 
> they had
> been run through an auxiliary program.
> David Park
> djmp at
> From: Yasvir Tesiram [mailto:tesiramy at]
To: mathgroup at
> To: mathgroup at
> Hi,
> I usually Ungroup the entire  graphic and you can use 
> Shift+ObjectSelect
> in Illustrator to select common graphics objects within the main 
> graphic.
> Alternately, you can use Prolog and Epilog to render graphics in 
> order, in
> Mathematica, which should convert to EPS accordinly. But I have only 
> tried
> this once or twice and I think I came to the conclusion that it was 
> more a
> hassle than anything.
> Yas
> On Fri, 2 Jan 2004 Mattiephly at wrote:
>> Hello.  I use Mathematica to generate plots in EPS files, and then I
>> use Adobe Illustrator to edit the EPS files.  Here's my problem: I
>> plot y = x^2 and open the EPS file in Illustrator, but when I click on
>> the curve, Illustrator only highlights (selects) a piece of the
>> parabola (and not the entire parabola).  Sometimes it even selects a
>> piece of the curve and a piece of an axis, but I cannot select just
>> the curve, or just an axis.  I've posted a similar question on the
>> Adobe Forums, but with little success.
>> Any suggestions?  I appreciate any help that's out there.
>> Thanks a lot,
>> R

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