copy and paste to other programs

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg99535] copy and paste to other programs*From*: Hannes Kessler <HannesKessler at hushmail.com>*Date*: Thu, 7 May 2009 06:37:19 -0400 (EDT)

Hello, before Mathematica 7 it was a pleasure to use Mathematica in the preparation of Powerpoint presentations or Word documents: Do the calculations and generate the plots and tables in Mathematica, then copy as Metafile invoking the right mouse context menu and paste to the other program. The copy and paste takes 2 seconds. Copy as Metafile disappeared in Mathematica 7. Just copy and paste produces crazy fonts when the Powerpoint file is opened on a computer without Mathematica. My current workaround is to print the Mathematica notebook to a file using a Postscript printer, then to convert the printer file to PDF with Acrobat Distiller and to copy what is needed from the PDF. This works reliable whereas saving as PDF from the Mathematica file menu produces sometimes strange PDF output. The workaround takes perhaps 10 x 2 = 20 seconds and creates intermediate files which clutter your directories. Doing this once is not a problem but preparing a presentation with 30 slides or just doing a quick change on an existing presentation is now a pain. Did I oversee something in the new interface of Mathematica 7? Are there quicker ways? By the way, I am not really a fan of Powerpoint or Word, but as a matter of fact are these programs de-facto standards to exchange information with colleges in some non-academic areas. Best regards, Hannes Kessler

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: copy and paste to other programs***From:*Carl Woll <carlw@wolfram.com>