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Re: Re: copy and paste to other programs

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  • Subject: [mg99694] Re: [mg99643] Re: copy and paste to other programs
  • From: John Fultz <jfultz at>
  • Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 06:25:44 -0400 (EDT)
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I'm not aware of any issues like this where you would see a dramatically 
different result between saving as PDF and printing.  If you have the details
at hand, or again come across such an issue, you should report it to Technical
Support so that we can investigate the issue.

John Fultz
jfultz at
User Interface Group
Wolfram Research, Inc.

On Sun, 10 May 2009 05:15:09 -0400 (EDT), Hannes wrote:
> 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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