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Re: Newby: filing graphics in MMA-WIN

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  • Subject: [mg4657] Re: Newby: filing graphics in MMA-WIN
  • From: "Paul J. Hinton" <paulh>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Aug 1996 03:55:10 -0400
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Harald Berndt wrote:
> [ Clipped from: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica ]
> fokko jan dijksterhuis wrote:
>> I'm using Mathematica for Windows, version 2.1 (i think) and I want to
>> file the postscript output to a real postscript file without the trouble
>> of copying it to the clipboard and pasting it in another application.
> How about selecting the graphic you want in a .PS file, then "Print
> Selection" and tell Windows to print to a PostScript file?!

It doesn't work that easily.  The PostScript generated for Mathematica
graphics is a specialized dialect of PostScript, and it isn't suitable
for export into other applications.  Perhaps the most reliable means
of creating PostScript files on the Windows platform is a two-step

1) Issue the following command to the Mathematica kernel

   This sends the Mathematica PostScript for a graphics object 
   (graphicsObject) to a file called filename.mps.  The graphics
   object may be a symbol that was set equal to some operation  
   that creates a graphics object (e.g. Plot[ ], Plot3D[ ],
   ContourPlot[ ], etc.) or it could be a line reference (%23,
   for example).

2) From an MS-DOS prompt invoke the utility RASTERPS.EXE to convert 
   the Mathematica PostScript into another format such as standard 
   PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript.


   This creates a standard PostScript format file of the graphics
   object with name FILENAME.PS.  To create an Encapsulated Post
   Script file, replace the PS with EPS.

RASTERPS.EXE does not come with the Windows version of Mathematica, but
it can be downloaded free of charge from MathSource sites.  See the

You can also export a selected graphics cell as an Encapsulated Post
Script file using the Export command on the file menu.  Note that you
may need to install a filter file before you can do this.  An Encapsulated
PostScript filter comes standard with Mathematica

P.J. Hinton
Wolfram Research, Inc.
Internet: paulh at
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.


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