[R-SIG-Mac] How to put nice R graphics into powerpoint

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Thu Feb 10 19:52:10 CET 2005

On Feb 10, 2005, at 1:04 PM, Dan Putler wrote:

> My guess is the supported vector format is Windows enhanced meta file,
> which R for Windows will produce. Unfortunately, Microsoft Office is 
> the
> one thing most of us can't get away from, try as we might. As a result,
> an argument could be made to have a device for this format on the Mac
> side if the Windows code could easily be ported.

Unfortunately it cannot be easily ported, because creating WMF in Win 
is trivial - Windows generates it for you (more precisely you draw the 
same way as if it was screen or printer - actually the same way you get 
PDF on a Mac ;)). Since it's Windows creating the WMF and not R, you 
cannot port it unless you  implement what Windows does...

I was looking into generating WMF from scratch long time ago and at 
that time there was no (non-commercial) library for writing WMF files. 
At that point libwmf was strictly read-only and I didn't check whether 
they added write-support which was planned for the future .. [btw: I'm 
using WMF here in the sense of both EMF and WMF]. If no one else 
tackles this and I have a spare minute, I 'll have a look if we can 
cook anything out of that ...


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