Date: Jun 10, 2009 5:09 PM Author: LBoogie Subject: Re: What should be a simple task.... On Jun 10, 5:35 am, "Nelson-Patel, 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 option-no 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 snapshot-cop=

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, please-I'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