[R-SIG-Mac] Office integration

Bryan Hanson hanson at depauw.edu
Fri Jun 6 15:43:08 CEST 2008

Maybe I missed something in an earlier post about this, but if not this
might help. The whole process seems simpler than some of the fixes I've seen

I am using Office 2004 (with all available updates), on OS 10.4.11, and the
latest versions of R.

If you use the png or pdf output in R to create your graphic, then in Word
or PowerPoint you can use Insert -> Picture -> From File to place a graphic
no problem at all, then resize it as needed.  Then you can double click on
the graphic to size, position, float, fade etc.

I find Office does not always size upwards well, but shrinks things just
fine.  So make the diagrams larger to begin with.

And the png device has the option for a transparent background, which can be
useful when doing a scientific poster in PowerPoint.

R to a png or pdf works well for web diagrams too.

Completed example at:

HTH Bryan

On 6/6/08 9:06 AM, "Thomas Adams" <tadams1 at cinci.rr.com> wrote:

> Adam,
> I would suggest getting iWork for $79
> (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/software?mco=MTE2ODk
> ) from Apple, which includes Pages, Numbers, & Keynote (wordprocessor,
> spreadsheet, presentation software, respectively). They are fully
> compatible with MS Office products. I have had no problem going
> between the Apple products and MS. For instance, one can directly open
> MS-Word docs in Pages and save directly to MS-Word. I work in a PC/WS-
> Windows environment and have not experienced any problems of
> significance.
> Regards,
> Tom
> On Jun 5, 2008, at 11:24 AM, Adam Kleczkowski wrote:
>> Having just switched over from Windows to Mac, I am struggling with
>> incorporating pictures generated by R into MSOffice documents. A
>> quick read through archives and google suggests that this is almost
>> hopeless for MS Word 2004 (any input is bitmapped). What is the
>> current situation with MS Office 2008?
>> I am using R and Word in Windows under Parallels at the moment, but
>> would like to switch fully to Mac soon.
>> Many thanks,
>> Adam
>> -- 
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