[R] WMF conversion...

Frank E Harrell Jr f.harrell at Vanderbilt.Edu
Wed Feb 10 14:48:24 CET 2010

It appears that Powerpoint is just getting in the way.  Why not output 
high quality pdf or postscript graphics and use LaTeX Beamer to produce 
exceptionally high quality slides directly in pdf?


Jason Rupert wrote:
> Hello R-Help, 
> I've got a bit of an issue with WMF's.   I am working on WindowsXP and outputting WMF format images.   I then take the WMF format images and insert them in PowerPoint.   I take the PowerPoint and convert it to PDF.  
> The WMFs are nothing special.  Just the typical x-y plot with a gray dotted grid added and a few matlines.  The WMFs, when produced look great!   They show all the necessary detail.     
> Unfortunately, after placed in the PowerPoint and the PowerPoint is converted to PDF via MS Office's built in conversion utility, the resulting image have diagonal streaks across them from the y-axis down to the x-axis.  The rest of the document is perfect, but the WMF images now have streaks across them.  It looks like it may be caused, somehow, by the dotted grid. 
> I am locked into the workflow where I must place images in a PowerPoint and then convert it to PDF, so is there a different image format I should use or is there and intermediate step I need to use so that the streaks do not appear? 
> Thanks for any feedback and insight. 
> Jason
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Frank E Harrell Jr   Professor and Chairman        School of Medicine
                      Department of Biostatistics   Vanderbilt University

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