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  • Subject: [mg99535] copy and paste to other programs
  • From: Hannes Kessler <HannesKessler at>
  • Date: Thu, 7 May 2009 06:37:19 -0400 (EDT)


before Mathematica 7 it was a pleasure to use Mathematica in the
preparation of Powerpoint presentations or Word documents: Do the
calculations and generate the plots and tables in Mathematica, then
copy as Metafile invoking the right mouse context menu and paste to
the other program. The copy and paste takes 2 seconds.

Copy as Metafile disappeared in Mathematica 7. Just copy and paste
produces crazy fonts when the Powerpoint file is opened on a computer
without Mathematica. My current workaround is to print the Mathematica
notebook to a file using a Postscript printer, then to convert the
printer file to PDF with Acrobat Distiller and to copy what is needed
from the PDF. This works reliable whereas saving as PDF from the
Mathematica file menu produces sometimes strange PDF output. The
workaround takes perhaps 10 x 2 = 20 seconds and creates intermediate
files which clutter your directories.

Doing this once is not a problem but preparing a presentation with 30
slides or just doing a quick change on an existing presentation is now
a pain.

Did I oversee something in the new interface of Mathematica 7? Are
there quicker ways?

By the way, I am not really a fan of Powerpoint or Word, but as a
matter of fact are these programs de-facto standards to exchange
information with colleges in some non-academic areas.

Best regards,
Hannes Kessler

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