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Re: Printing Rotated Text from a Mac

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  • Subject: [mg48975] Re: Printing Rotated Text from a Mac
  • From: stagat at (Bob Stagat)
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 02:58:55 -0400 (EDT)
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Well, it looks like I get to answer my own question. I contacted
Wolfram and I got this nice response...

Hello Bob,

Thank you for the email. Many customers have complained about that,
Mathematica 5, text no longer rotates when printed.

The default value "Automatic" for the option GraphicsPrintingFormat
changed, which causes this problem.  The solution is to do the

1) Go to the menu Mathematica > Preferences.
2) Choose "global" under the "Show option values for" menu
3) Go to Notebook Options > Printing Options > Printing Options >
4) Choose "DownloadPostscript"

Now you should be able to print because it will use the printer's
postscript renderer to read the Mathematica graphs.

Also, make sure your *notebook* does not have a non-default value for
GraphicsPrintingFormat.  Choose "notebook" under "Show Options values
for "
menu, then go to Notebook Options > Printing Options > Printing
Options >
GraphicsPrintingFormat.  If it's using the default value, then there
not be a bullet point (square) next to GraphicsPrintingFormat.	 If
is, simply click on it to revert the options back to default.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.


Igor C. Antonio
Technical Support Engineer
Wolfram Research, Inc.
support at

stagat at (Bob Stagat) wrote in message news:<cbbcb2$9fh$1 at>...
> Hello, all...
> I have been using Mathematica for a number of year and have become
> reasonably proficient with it and familiar with most of its
> idiosyncracies. I use a Macintosh and, until very recently, was using
> Mathematica version 4.2 on OS X 10.1.5. One of the idiosyncracies that I'd
> gotten used to was the Mac front end's inability to properly rotate
> text on a plot's y-axis, but having it print OK on a Postscript
> printer.
> Recently I upgraded my operating system to OS X 10.3.3 and Mathematica to
> version 5. I was amazed to find that rotated text not only doesn't
> work right in the front end, but it won't print correctly either on
> the very same Postscript printers I've been using for a couple of
> years.
> Is this really the case or (more likely) am I overlooking something
> simple? Any suggestions about what I might be doing wrong will be
> greatly appreciated.
> ~ Bob Stagat ~

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