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Re: Saving postscript files

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  • Subject: [mg981] Re: Saving postscript files
  • From: ianc (Ian Collier)
  • Date: Thu, 4 May 1995 06:54:39 -0400
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc

In article <3nv9u8$9g8 at>, saama at (Peter M.
Saama, Ph.D.) wrote:

> Hi folks,
> It is simple to save mma plots to disk on a unix platform by,
>  for instance, using the command
>  Display["file",Plot[x,{x,1,10}]]
> It says in the documentation for mma that the postscript
> file generated by mma "typically requires some processing before it
> cab be printed or used in other programs". What sort of processing
> is required in order to view or print these files? 

Mathematica uses its own dialect of PostScript which includes
instructions not present in standard PostScript. Before 
Mathematica PostScript can be viewed, printed or used in 
other programs definitions for these new instructions need
to be added to the beginning of the file.

You can convert Mathematica PostScript to standard PostScript
using the psfix program that is included in the Mathematica
distribution. Here is an example that takes a Mathematica
PostScript file, gr, and converts it to standard PostScript file,

    psfix  gr >

Psfix is described in detail in the User's Guide for Mathematica
in a Unix Shell.

I hope this helps.


Ian Collier
Technical Sales Support
Wolfram Research, Inc.
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