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Fonts and PSTOEDIT

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  • Subject: [mg63046] Fonts and PSTOEDIT
  • From: Pantagruel123 at
  • Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 22:25:20 -0500 (EST)
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Has anyone experimented with PSTOEDIT?

It does a good job of converting a graphical postscript file into a 
mathematica Graphics (2D) object, far superior to Mathematica's internal
IMPORT-EPS function.   So for lines and circles its wonderful, i.e., suppose
I want to make a simple graph or illustration for a math paper.  If the
precision of a "Plot" isn't necessary and its more of just a concept graph,
its less work just to draw it out with an illustration program like
Illustrator or StarOffice Draw, then use PSTOEDIT to convert.  

The only thing I haven't quite figured out is how to get the fonts to come 
across properly.  In fact, I can't seem to get any of my true-type fonts to 
display in the graphic.  I can only get the basic fonts "Times" "Courier" and 
"Helvetica" to display properly.  This is not hard to work around, for if I want 
to label my graphs in fancy ways, I just use simple lables like "a","b","c",... 
with Times font in my illustration program, then after I convert I go back 
and edit the Graphics object. 

Hopefully this isn't too greedy, but it would be nice if I could avoid this 
relabeling step, especially with using StarOffice--maybe even to convert 
properly the StarMath formulas.  Does anyone know how to do this?

Although, PSTOEDIT has an option to use polygons to draw any text that it 
can't figure out otherwise, in my opinion, the results look inferior--in 
particular the curved surfaces of letters don't have enough points to get a nice 
smooth look, so this is a last resort.  


Christopher Arthur

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