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Re: Mathematica7 doesn't copy/paste metafile in vector format

Hi John,

Thanks for the suggestion.
While it is possible to export to bitmap with high enough resolution,
is there any other way for us to specify how we would want Mathematica
7 handle Metafile in vector or raster? After all, that is the main
reason we have the two options of Copy As > Metafile and Copy As >
Bitmap at the same time, I thought?

I have Mathematica 7 and Mathematica 5.2 on Windows Vista. I have to
revert back to Mathematica 5.2 when it comes to vector metafile.
What I can't fully understand is, why on the same Windows Vista,
Mathematica 5.2 doesn't have the problem of inability of supporting
high fidelity vector representation, as Mathematica 7 faces?


Yours faithfully,

On Oct 22, 2:25 pm, John Fultz <jfu... at> wrote:
> The basic problem is that the Windows and Enhanced metafile formats just =
> have enough features to support a high fidelity vector representation of =
> Mathematica outputs...for example, those containing color gradients or
> transparency.  We elected to rasterize the graphics in these cases figu=
ring that
> a high quality bitmap is better than a low quality vector image.  It is=
> imperfect solution for an imperfect world.
> I would suggest trying to export it as a bitmap with a high enough resolu=
> for your needs.
> Sincerely,
> John Fultz
> jfu... at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
> On Wed, 21 Oct 2009 06:32:38 -0400 (EDT), Lawrence Teo wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I recently found that Mathematica 7 doesn't copy/paste metafile in
> > vector format anymore, as compared to Mathematica 5.2
> > Although I could still Copy As > Metafile in Mathematica 7, pasting it
> > into Office 2007 will result in rasterized bitmap image. Rasterized
> > bitmap image means low resolution and bad quality. Unacceptable to me.
> > It doesn't help even if I Export to EMF or WMF format. Inserting those
> > EMF/WMF files into Office 2007 still gives me the same rasterized
> > bitmap image.
> > I also realize that Mathematica could Copy As > Metafile in vector
> > format successfully for certain functions, but not for all functions.
> > For example, Plot2D[] seems to work. Plot3D[] and ContourPlot[] don't,
> > no matter how I try.
> > There is very little information online on this topic. I basically
> > just found 2 other similar cases. Does anyone have any solution and
> > workaround to this?
> > Thanks.

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