[R-SIG-Mac] How to copy line drawings in R MAC

Olivier Briet o.briet at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 10:23:57 CET 2009

Hi Simon, all,

thanks for these answers. I did not realize that I could edit pdf
vector graphics by opening the pdf in Illustrator.
I used to simply paste wmf vector graphics into Powerpoint and then
"ungroup" and edit further in Powerpoint. Although Illustrator gives
the option to export as wmf, in my version this is faulty, and so I
have to finalize the graphic in Illustrator, because I cannot import
the graphic as vector into Powerpoint / Keynote. Would you know how
else (other than Illustrator) to edit vector graphics from Quartz
output? (All other save-options are raster-based).



On 3/13/09, Simon Urbanek <simon.urbanek at r-project.org> wrote:
> On Mar 13, 2009, at 9:52 AM, Olivier Briet wrote:
>> Hi Mac R users/developers,
>> Do you have any tips on how to export graphical outputs in R on a Mac
>> as line drawings, which can be further processed in e.g. Adobe
>> illustrator or Keynote / Powerpoint?
>> It seems that Quartz only outputs pdf and grid structured images,
>> whereas in R Windows, it is possible to copy a graphical output from
>> the R graphics device as a metafile.
> PDF supports both vector graphics and bitmaps and is superior to
> Windows metafiles. Both AI and Keynote can deal with PDF files very
> well (the former can even edit individual objects in it).
> Cheers,
> Simon

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