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THE solution to Word 7.0 / MATLAB Graphics
Posted:
Dec 7, 1996 12:30 PM


Hello Everyone... I posted this message in reply to another message, then I realized that many people were talking about the same thing! I thought I'd Repost it to catch everyone's attention.
  The BEST SOLUTION for putting plots from MATLAB into Word is: DON'T EVEN TRY TO DO IT! The best way I have found to make 'MATLAB Plots' in Word is to output the plot data into a 'comma separatedvalues' (CSV) file (or the like) using the 'fprintf' MATLAB command. Then insert a "Microsoft Graph" object into your Word Document and import the CSV data into the data sheet. Microsoft's 'Graph' Tool is Much More Flexible than Matlab's (at this time). You can add arbitrary text to your plot, (with circles & arrows & a paragraph on the back 'a each one, 'xplaining what each one was... (Arlo Guthrie) ), and orient it in any direction... Multiple options on scales (log/uniform). Can make multiple scales on one plot, (ie. X1 on bot, X2 on top > Y1 on left, Y2 on Right)..
I have written my entier thesis using this tool INSTEAD of MATLAB's to plot data. The plots look much better, and you can EDIT then in Word without launching Matlab. If the data changes, you can just open the figure, and insert the new data into the 'data sheet'. All scales, text, notations will remain.
THE Bottom Line. Takes a little while to learn the 'Graph' tool, but it is WELL WORTH the WORK!!!
Have Fun...
Mark Renzulli Engineering Technology Center Mystic, CT



