R-beta: edit figs with xfig?
Matthew R. Nelson
mrn at superh.hg.med.umich.edu
Thu Nov 20 23:18:44 CET 1997
On Thu, 20 Nov 1997, Bill Simpson wrote:
> Question for R users under unix:
> Do you ever edit figs created by R using xfig or some other program? I
> tried to edit a figure with xfig (a program which I find quite horrible by
> the way) and it said it couldn't read it in. I guess xfig has no
> capability of reading postscript files?
> Can anyone tell me how to do it, or perhaps suggest another freeware
> structured drawing program for use in touching up postscript figs output
> by R?
My experience with xfig and R/Splus has been very good. I do not know of
any other freely available drawing programs that handle postscript/eps
files as well as xfig, and export drawings in such a usefull variety of
If you want to include a postscript file into an xfig drawing, first open
a blank canvas to work on, then select the button on the left titled
`picture object', which will bring a file-selector dialog from which you
can select the ps/eps file you wish to import (after indicating the size
for the imported file by use of the mouse). It is usually that easy.
I recommend converting the ps image to an eps (encapsulated post script)
with a tool such as ps2epsi (included with ghostscript, I believe), which
removes much of the white space around the plot that is usually left when
the plot is written to a ps file.
Good luck. (The man page, though a little disorganized, is a good resource)
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