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Re: version 6 Plot3D exporting results in HUGE files

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  • Subject: [mg80609] Re: version 6 Plot3D exporting results in HUGE files
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at together.net>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 23:15:25 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <farafq$4mo$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Reply-to: HPR <read at math.uvm.edu>

J Davis wrote:
> I did the following in v6.0.1 (which I will refer to as v6 hereafter):
> generated a surface using the Plot3D command, clicked on the resulting
> surface graphic, then Save Selection As > EPS.
> 
> The resulting EPS file was over 4400 KB!
> 
> I compiled the same code in v5.2 using the exact same steps. The
> resulting EPS file was 700 KB.
> 
> This is immaterial except now when I include the EPS files in a LaTeX
> document and convert the dvi file to either PS or PDF, the pages with
> v6 generated surfaces render EXTREMELY slowly while the v5.2 generated
> surfaces render very quickly.
> 
> Has anyone noticed the same thing? This is very disappointing for
> someone who wants to use Mathematica to generate high quality graphics
> for inclusion in technical documents.
> 
> I am running Mathematica v6.0.1 on Windows XP on a Dell Latitude D800.
> 
> FYI, the same behavior occurs in v6 if I Save As>PDF instead of going
> the EPS route.

I just tried this (in v6), and found Save As>PDF or Export["blah.pdf", 
blah] to be substantially smaller than saving or exporting to EPS.

For my example I used Plot3D[Sin[x y], {x, -5, 5}, {y, -5, 5}]

Export .eps: 5425 KB
Export .pdf: 1079 KB
SaveAs .eps: 5711 KB
SaveAs .pdf: 1068 KB


-- 
Helen Read
University of Vermont


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