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