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What should be a simple task....

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  • Subject: [mg100654] What should be a simple task....
  • From: "Nelson-Patel, Kristin" <knp at ll.mit.edu>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 05:35:29 -0400 (EDT)

Hi :)

I am an analyst (applied physics and math) who has to present all
of my work in Power Point briefings, sometimes on paper, sometimes
electronically. I vastly prefer working in Mathematica to another system;
however, I'm currently ham strung by my inability to transfer simple
plots from Mathematica 7 to Power Point 2007 in a way that looks decent.

In previous versions of both, I was able to Copy As: Metafile by right
clicking on the plot in Mathematica and Paste Special: Metafile in
Power Point, and all would be well (Ok, I had to tweak line thickness
settings and fonts in my plots to make them survive the transfer, but
that was fine).   Now, I have select the whole cell rather than just
the plot to get the Copy As: metafile option, and I have to go all the
way to the menu bar to do it (no longer an option on the right click).
Fine, I can deal with that, but I can't deal with the fact that my simple
plots look completely ratty now upon pasting into Power Point.

There's all this stair stepping in curves which should be smooth.
I've played with the PlotPoints option-no effect. I've exported into
different form ats with varying ImageResolution and imported; Either the
fonts get screwed up or it looks even worse or there's ugly aliasing or
no effect on the stair stepping.  I've exported to PDF and snapshot-copied
from there; The curves look good, but now the whole image is just a little
bit blurry/soft, a little too much to pass muster with my supervisors
and sponsors.

I'm really getting frustrated now, have spent way too much time on what
*was* a solved problem before my "upgrades", and beginning to suspect
that the problem is some import or paste/display setting in Power Point
that I can't reach.  I really don't want to have two different briefings
for electronic vs. paper presentation, but I'm a little concerned that's
where this is heading, or I'm going to have to use the other system to
make my plots. Which would bea shame.

Has anyone figured this one out yet?  Help, please-I'm crying uncle.
This is one of those stupid simple problems that also happens to be
quite fundamental to the ability to make good use of Mathematica.

-Kristin


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