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Saving graphics in Mma 3.0.1

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  • Subject: [mg8102] Saving graphics in Mma 3.0.1
  • From: Sean Ross <sean at>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 00:54:42 -0400
  • Organization: CREOL
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

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

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

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