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RE: st: Graph output: wmf to gif?


From   "b. water" <barleywater@hotmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   RE: st: Graph output: wmf to gif?
Date   Thu, 03 Apr 2003 14:53:43 +0000

thanks for nick's response.

ok, i can see that those issues posing problems. just that i thought academic journals publishers ought to be able to take in office docs. internet publishing (i don't have any experience with this but almost sure that) dreamweaver, frontpage and the likes should be able to take wmf without problems. no stata and no ms office - depends whether you want to edit the docs and the graphs or not. if not editing, pdf version is i think almost universal. if editing multiplatform openoffice can handle msoffice docs with windows metafile attachments. but i take your point that there might be organization or people that have system configured necessitating the use of encapsulated postscript.

again, i have no exprience in tex/latex program. i have downloaded some version of this text editing software but yet to test drive it, so can't comment on that.

avoiding msoffice for whatever reasons - ok, i did not know you could avoid this nowadays but i accept there might be (or even plenty of those) institutions or organizations without ms windows, ms products or some sort of ms compatible products.

i don't mean this to be a rebuttal or debate but it answers my question and curiosity in that there is actually nothing wrong with what i am doing. i don't have to resort to changing graph types in order to get better post-stata graphics etc.

cheers,
bw







From: "David LB Schwappach" <dlb@h-ero.de>
Reply-To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject: RE: st: Graph output: wmf to gif?
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 13:42:46 +0200

ups, at least more exhaustive than mine...

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2003 1:33 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: RE: st: Graph output: wmf to gif?


b. water
>
> sorry if my comments revealled my ignorance in this matter.
> my setup: w98se,
> office 97 and stata 7 & 8. i used stata graphs output a lot
> for final output
> in either word docs or ppt slides. i have always used copy
> graphs and pasted
> as metafiles into office97 without problems. the picture
> appeared as they
> appeared in stata windows. i do not use coloring options
> though, and all my
> stata graphic outputs are produced by stata default
> settings (whatever
> colors it gave me). for word docs that we end up converting
> to pdf, again
> there is no problem there. although there is an option for
> ps printing on my
> printer, i never have to ever use it.
>
> i am therefore just a little bit puzzled or maybe just
> plain ignorant of a
> wider potential issue/problem with stata graphics. so may i
> just ask why is
> there a need to convert to eps, gif, bmp, tiff etc. maybe
> it is unix or mac
> os issues, if so pls ignore my time wasting comments and queries.

This is not Unix or Macintosh-specific at all. The need
for formats other than those provided by MS Office
can arise for Windows users for several reasons, including

	specifications of academic journals

	putting graphics on the internet

	sending materials to people who do not use Stata
	and who do not use MS Office

	use in TeX/LaTeX documents etc.

	desire to avoid MS Office for technical, security,
	moral, aesthetic reasons

I doubt that is an exhaustive list.

Nick
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk
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