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Re: version 6 Plot3D exporting results in HUGE files

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  • Subject: [mg80665] Re: version 6 Plot3D exporting results in HUGE files
  • From: J Davis <texasAUtiger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 02:16:12 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <farafq$4mo$1@smc.vnet.net><fatg4f$1te$1@smc.vnet.net>

On Aug 26, 10:23 pm, Helen Read <h... at together.net> wrote:
> 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

Yes, but these are still MUCH larger file sizes than I got from 5.2.
Even exported PDF graphics when embedded in a LaTeX doc and pdfLaTeX-
ed created files which were abnormally slow when scrolling between
pages.



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