[R] Colour depth reduced to 12 by bitmap devices

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Jun 29 11:19:21 CEST 2000

On Thu, 29 Jun 2000, Prof Brian D Ripley wrote:

> On Thu, 29 Jun 2000, Clive Jenkins wrote:
> > I am using R to create colour plots as bitmap files. I have created a
> > palette of 256 colours that I want to use, but the resultant output
> > files contain only 12 colours used in dither patterns. The result is the
> > same whether I use bmp() or png().
> What about bitmap()?  Have you tried that? 
> Internally bmp/png/jpeg use take a copy of the screen, so what you get
> depends on your graphics card driver. If you are seeing dithering in the
> PNG file, do you see it on screen?  Is your screen set to a truecolour
> mode?
> bitmap() works via ghostscript.

I can confirm that none of png, bmp, bitmap dither on my system for this

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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