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LBoogie
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Re: What should be a simple task....
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Jun 10, 2009 5:09 PM


On Jun 10, 5:35 am, "NelsonPatel, Kristin" <k...@ll.mit.edu> wrote: > Hi :) > > I am an analyst (applied physics and math) who has to present all > of my work in Power Point briefings, sometimes on paper, sometimes > electronically. I vastly prefer working in Mathematica to another system; > however, I'm currently ham strung by my inability to transfer simple > plots from Mathematica 7 to Power Point 2007 in a way that looks decent. > > In previous versions of both, I was able to Copy As: Metafile by right > clicking on the plot in Mathematica and Paste Special: Metafile in > Power Point, and all would be well (Ok, I had to tweak line thickness > settings and fonts in my plots to make them survive the transfer, but > that was fine). Now, I have select the whole cell rather than just > the plot to get the Copy As: metafile option, and I have to go all the > way to the menu bar to do it (no longer an option on the right click). > Fine, I can deal with that, but I can't deal with the fact that my simple > plots look completely ratty now upon pasting into Power Point. > > There's all this stair stepping in curves which should be smooth. > I've played with the PlotPoints optionno effect. I've exported into > different form ats with varying ImageResolution and imported; Either the > fonts get screwed up or it looks even worse or there's ugly aliasing or > no effect on the stair stepping. I've exported to PDF and snapshotcop= ied > from there; The curves look good, but now the whole image is just a littl= e > bit blurry/soft, a little too much to pass muster with my supervisors > and sponsors. > > I'm really getting frustrated now, have spent way too much time on what > *was* a solved problem before my "upgrades", and beginning to suspect > that the problem is some import or paste/display setting in Power Point > that I can't reach. I really don't want to have two different briefing= s > for electronic vs. paper presentation, but I'm a little concerned that's > where this is heading, or I'm going to have to use the other system to > make my plots. Which would bea shame. > > Has anyone figured this one out yet? Help, pleaseI'm crying uncle. > This is one of those stupid simple problems that also happens to be > quite fundamental to the ability to make good use of Mathematica. > > Kristin
I confirmed some quality problems Kristin is talking about. I tried copying and pasting the Plot[x,{x,0,1}] graphic from Mathematica 7 to Powerpoint 2003.
Experiment #1: First I selected the graphic (not cell) then right clicked to Copy Graphic. Next, I pasted to a slide and noticed some poor quality in the pasted graphic. Experiment #2: First I selected the cell of the graphic  converted it to Metafile. I noticed that the converted graphic in Mathematica looks the same as the pasted Powerpoint graphic from Experiment #1. Experiment #3: Repeated Experiment #2 except that I converted the graphic to Bitmap. Much better quality in the pasted graphic except for some clipping at margins of the graphic.
I think the Metafile conversion utility (Powerpoint/Mathematica) has some quality issues.
Can someone recommend a command to extend the margins of the graphics to avoid clipping something important when the graphic is pasted?
Thanks, Lawrence



