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Re: Saving graphics in Mma 3.0.1

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  • Subject: [mg8219] Re: Saving graphics in Mma 3.0.1
  • From: David Rosky <Dave.Rosky at>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 21:11:58 -0400
  • Organization: Silicon Systems, Inc.
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If I recall, the right click feature was there even in
version 3.0.0.  Like you though, I discovered it accidentally;
I've gotten in trying the right mouse button with all software
as alot of programs support this feature these days.

As far as EPS files go, in general you won't be able to "see"
the contents of an EPS file when you import it into Word or
another similar application.  If you do see a graphic, it is
a "preview" bitmap (usually TIFF) which was embedded in the 
EPS file when it was created, not the graphics contained in 
the actual postscript code.  It appears that Mathematica
just includes a text preview in EPS files.  On a Windows PC, 
the only way to see the contents is to print out the document
to a postscript printer or to print it to a file using a 
postscript driver and then view the file with a postscript 
interpreter such as GhostView.

Unless you have a special reason to use EPS, such as
transferring the document to a non-Windows platform, it would
probably be easier to work with WMF files as these can be
viewed and manipulated on-screen.

Personally, I haven't used EPS to export graphics from
Mathematica, so I don't know if there are additional problems
beyond the normal inability to directly view the contents.
I've had good results exporting WMF files as long as your
document magnification is set to 100% when you export them.

dave.rosky at

Sean Ross wrote:
> A report on saving graphics files in Mma 3.0.1.
> There is a feature I hadn't noticed in 3.0.0.  Select a graphic and
> right click on it.  A menu appears.  One of the options is "save object
> as".  A few file formats appear.  Those applicable to graphics are
> bitmap, windows metafile, adobe illustrator, eps and enhanced metafile.
> After selecting the type of file, you choose a name and the file is
> saved.
> The bitmap and wmf work flawlessly on 2-D graphics, even with greek
> characters and rotated text.  They have the same resolution and aliasing
> problems as with any bitmap-type format.  The eps format generates
> heart-stopping error messages in Paint Shop Pro and Corel Photo Paint
> like "system error, cannot read from c: drive, if it is a network drive,
> contact your network administrator" and "There is a serious file error
> in ...." and "file appears to be corrupt".  I don't own Adobe
> Illustrator so I couldn't check it out.  The enhanced metafile is not
> recognized as a valid file type by any program I have.
> There have been some comments posted about people trying to import eps
> files into MS Word.  I tried that with a file created in PaintShop Pro
> and it just displayed a text header and a box.  Perhaps someone could
> tell me how or where to get the filters necessary to import eps files
> into Word and I can report back on how well Mma's eps files are
> accepted.

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