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

Duncan Murdoch murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Tue Jan 30 19:21:49 CET 2007

On 1/30/2007 11:43 AM, Thomas Lumley wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jan 2007, stefano iacus wrote:
>> Please stop this dogmatic war against/in_favor_of Word & Co. or I'm
>> forced to close this thread.
> A dogma-free summary:

Not only dogma-free, but quite accurate.  Not 100%....

> 1. Word (and the rest of office)  doesn't display PDFs, but can display 
> 2. PNG is better for statistical graphics
> 3. PNG can be produced by drag-and-drop, with Preview from a PDF, or 
> directly from the png() driver. Simon (who should know) recommends drag 
> and drop.  I have tended to use the png() driver at higher-than-screen 
> resolution.
> 4. Under Windows, PNG may require Quicktime in order to be displayed.
> 5. R does not know how to produce .wmf -- under Windows, R does 
> device-independent graphics calls that are translated to .wmf, .png, 
> .jpeg, or screen images by the operating system as required. 

That's true for wmf and on-screen displays, but R on Windows uses open 
source code (in the src/gnuwin32/bitmap directory) for png and jpeg. 
I've sometimes wondered why other platforms don't use that code too, to 
avoid the need for X11 to generate those formats.

Duncan Murdoch

> This means it 
> would not be easy to make .wmf on Mac.
> 6. Implementing .wmf output off Windows does not appear to be a high 
> priority for any of the active (core or non-core) developers. If it 
> happens, someone else will have to do it.
> 7. Many people have strong views on Word that go beyond questions of the 
> use of R on Mac OS X platforms.
>  	-thomas
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