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Re: What should be a simple task....
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Jun 11, 2009 9:44 PM


On Jun 10, 4:09 pm, LBoogie <lwalker...@gmail.com> wrote: > 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 syste= m; > > 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 simp= le > > 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 th= e > > 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 snapshotc= op= > ied > > from there; The curves look good, but now the whole image is just a lit= tl= > 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 briefi= ng= > 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 Hide quoted text  > >  Show quoted text 
PowerPoint 2003 defaults to Windows Metafiles (the old Windows 3.1 format) when pasting. Use Edit > Paste Special and select Enhanced Metafile.
Windows/Enhanced Metafiles do not support antialiased drawing. To illustrate this, evaluate Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 \[Pi]}, PlotStyle > {Antialiasing > False}]. It looks the same as the metafile. So, if you would like a metafile to look better in print, try this before copying/saving the graphic:
FE`Evaluate@FEPrivate`SetMetafileConversionQuality["High"]
This will create the metafile based on a higher resolution device, and will consequently take longer to load. This setting presists throughout the session and is *NOT* restored when a new session is started. Use "Normal" to return to the default setting.
Ian



