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Re: Exporting 3D vector graphics

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  • Subject: [mg81221] Re: Exporting 3D vector graphics
  • From: Szabolcs Horvát <szhorvat at>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 04:05:55 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <fcg3r5$rbb$>

Robertcop wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to export 3D plots with transparency from Mathematice to
> import them in PowerPoint.
> The problem is that PowerPoint can not import pdf files and in the eps
> files there is no transparency.
> Emf or wmf are the standard Microsoft vector formats so they would be
> the best choice for importing into powerpoint, I think. However, the
> exported emf or wmf files from 3D graphics look terrible and seem not
> to to be a vector graphics but rasterized.
> Is there are a proper way or workaround to export vector graphics with
> transparency and use them in PowerPoint?

Vector graphics have no advantage over bitmap graphics in this
situation.  Just export a high-resolution PNG from Mathematica, and use
that.  For any 3D object of reasonable complexity, there will be no
significant differences in file size.

But vector formats do have disadvantages: 3D objects with transparency, 
exported as PDF, look awful in most (not all) PDF viewers:


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