[R-SIG-Mac] Wiki or Development for Mac-R.app-graphics-insert-to-Word?

Eric rmailbox at justemail.net
Mon Jan 29 22:14:04 CET 2007

Use Preview?

I just saved a PDF created in R on linux into a PNG using Preview's 
conversion on Mac, then dragged the file off my desktop into a Word 2004 
document on Mac. I opened the file using Word for Windows running under 
Parallels and it looked just fine. E.g. I could see and re-size the PNG 
in Word.

Preview can be programmed with automator if that is more efficient.


P.S. However, for maximum efficiency, it may be necessary to create an 
Automator script to delete all copies of Word that infest your computer. ;-)

Byron Ellis wrote:
> On 1/29/07, Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek at r-project.org> wrote:
>> To get back on the topic: To be honest I don't really see a problem
>> here - Word can handle PDF very easily, just drop a PDF file in a
>> Word document - it works just fine (to make sure I'm talking about
>> Office 2004 here).
>> The fact that it does so in Microsoft-ish way, that is by converting
>> it to a bitmap, is a technicality and given the overall quality of
>> Word output it is neither surprising nor will a regular Word user
>> notice this at all.
> Unfortunately, it happens to convert it to a form of bitmap that is
> not visible on PC platforms unless they have Quicktime installed (as I
> rediscover every time I need to make a Word document... :-) )

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