[R] postscript preview

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Oct 4 18:56:26 CEST 2000

> Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2000 18:42:43 +0200 (METDST)
> From: Thomas Hoffmann <hoffmann at ehmgs2.et.tu-dresden.de>
> > 
> > The only vector graphics formats supported by R on Linux are PostScript and
> > XFig to my knowledge.  We do hope to add PDF and WMF one day but the latter
> > in particular is not going to be easy due to lack of documentation (and
> > lack of existing convertors).
> Maybe you should look at pstoedit by Wolfgang Glunz, which comes as a DLL, 
> So it could possibly be used for kind of a seamless creation of WMF output.
> See  http://www.geocities.com/wglunz/pstoedit.

I had previously. Maybe you need to read what it claims it can write:

Windows Meta Files (WMF) (Windows 9x/NT only) 
Enhanced Windows Meta Files (EMF) (Windows 9x/NT only) 

and of course we already produce those *on Windows*.  I don't see how
it could help produce E/WMF on Linux.

The issue is that all the solutions par two commerical ones that I know
of make use of Windows libraries calls and so only run on Windows.
There is some Linux code to read Windows Metafiles.

Of course, if someone can provide us with a WMF driver on Unix, it would
bring this discussion to a close.  (Note that I do know how to do it
via WMF bitmaps, but that is not what is required here.)

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics,  http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
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