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Re: copy and paste to other programs

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  • Subject: [mg99643] Re: copy and paste to other programs
  • From: Hannes <HannesKessler at>
  • Date: Sun, 10 May 2009 05:15:09 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gu3aul$15$>

Thank you to other contributors for the reference to the Edit->Copy As-
>Metafile menu item.

Regarding the save as PDF from Mathematica I encountered sometimes
(not always) problems. As an example, I saved a notebook with several
pages as PDF and got 20 empty pages after the 2nd or 3rd content page
followed by the remaining content pages. The procedure with printing
to a file and converting with distiller did not produce this problem.

I use Mathematica 7.0.1 and 7.0.3 on Windows XP and Office 2003.

Best regards,
Hannes Kessler

On 9 Mai, 09:21, Bill Rowe <readn... at> wrote:
> On 5/7/09 at 6:37 AM, HannesKess... at (Hannes Kessler)
> wrote:
> >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.
> Why create a notebook with just the information you want. Then
> use Save As selecting the option to save that notebook as a PDF
> document? Seems to me this would be more efficient.
> >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.
> On my Mac, if I want to change one slide in something I've
> already turned to a PDF file, I save the *one* page I want
> changed to PDF in Mathematica. I then open the file I want
> changed using Preview or any of a number of other third party
> utilities for manipulating PDF files, cut the page I want
> removed and drag the new page to its place, save the changed
> file and I'm done. I assume something equivalent to this can be
> done with a PC running Windows.
> Alternatively, if it is a small change such as adding a label, I
> might just edit the PDF file directly.

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