[R-SIG-Mac] View large quartz windows using R GUI

Annabel Smith annabel.smith at anu.edu.au
Tue Jul 26 06:42:36 CEST 2011


I'm using Mac OS 10.6.8, R 2.13.1, R.app GUI 1.41

I have searched for help on this and found only midly related topics 
(http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/10/13563.html ,  
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/10/13561.html , 
http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/e4/devel/08/05/1528.html). One thread 
deals with a similar question 
(http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.r.mac/4086/focus=4103), but 
doesn't quite solve my problem.

I would like to make a layout with several plots on a page that is 
approximately A4 sized. If I draw all of the plots and save them without 
resizing the window it comes out at the right size. But I need to be 
able to see the layout on the page as it will appear on the PDF so that 
I can work on getting it how I want it. There is no way to scroll down 
and see the bottom of the window, and I don't know of a way I can change 
the view of the quartz window without changing the actual size of the 
image. Any size greater than the default seven inches is not visible on 
the screen without resizing the window and distorting the proportion and 
changing the size.


The obvious solution is to make the quartz window proportionally smaller 
and then resize it later. The other solution is to make all the plots 
separately first and then put them on the one page, but I want to see 
the whole page so I can customise the margins etc. Is there a way to 
change the view of the quartz window without changing its size?


Annabel Smith
PhD student

Fenner School of Environment and Society
Forestry Building 48
The Australian National University
Canberra  ACT  0200

annabel.smith at anu.edu.au

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