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Re: copy and paste to other programs

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  • Subject: [mg99586] Re: copy and paste to other programs
  • From: "Sjoerd C. de Vries" <sjoerd.c.devries at>
  • Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 00:18:43 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gtudkh$j0u$>

Copy as Metafile didn't disappear. It's in the edit menu, not in the
context menu. However,  font-wise it never worked well for me on non-
Mathematica computers. You could install the Mathematica fonts on them
for better results. They can be found here:

A metafile copy in Word contains often, but not always, visible
artefacts (circles become polygons etc). Nowadays I usually resort to
bitmap copies.

Cheers -- Sjoerd

On May 7, 12:37 pm, Hannes Kessler <HannesKess... at> wrote:
> Hello,
> 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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