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Using PP/Word files with vector graphics in Windows
Authored by: hamarkus on Jun 07, '04 03:18:34PM

Getting this to work both on a Mac and a PC is even more difficult.

I've compared three different methods of creating WMF (and EMF) files: converting an Igor EPS using Illustrator CS on W2k, Illustrator CS on Mac OS X 10.3.4 and using the Windows version of Igor (4.x) to directly export a WMF. I've then inserted these six files both in PP on a Mac and PP on Windows, looking at these twelve cases on Mac and PC screens and printing from both Computers. A few cross-checks with Word produced the same results.

On the Mac, WMF files created from a Mac-Igor-EPS via Win-Illustrator or Mac-Illustrator or directly by Win-Igor look fine on screen but have the problem of compound objects producing thin black lines in print-outs.

On the PC, all three versions of WMF files print fine but both Illustrator-WMFs are bitmapped on screen and only the Win-Igor-WMF looks fine on screen. The same is essentially true for EMFs on PCs.

On the Mac only the Win-Igor-EMF looks fine on screen and prints fine (except for the thin black lines in print-outs), both Illustrator-EMFs are bitmapped on screen and in print-outs.

There is no difference whether the graph is inserted on a Mac or a PC, except for slight differences in how dashed lines are displayed and with the degree of bitmapping (with EMFs on a Win screen and print-out). However, once a PP file, where the graphs had been inserted on a PC, is saved again on a Mac, all those graphs are replaced by a red X when looked at on Windows (but not on the Mac).

So what are the solutions, a WMF created by Igor on Windows inserted on a Mac gets pretty close to the catch all solution in cases where Igor does not produce any compound objects, which seems to happen very rarely. In my case, however, most of the closed letters (e, b, d ) had barely visible thin black lines inside (and the procedure described above was not able to get rid of them).

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