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RE: st: Re: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How

From   dspady <>
Subject   RE: st: Re: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How
Date   Thu, 1 Jul 2004 12:04:53 -0600

I use a program called metacomp put out by companion software 
(  I allows a much better ability to edit a *.wmf 
file than does Word, which is useless.  I forget what I paid but it was only 
about $20 - $30.  You can download a trial copy  that lets you work for, I 
think, 10 sessions, which is enough for a pretty good assessment.  It is well 
worth the trouble to look at this product.
Don Spady

>===== Original Message From "Michael Blasnik" <> 
>I suggest that you look at help for MS Word, where you will find that (in
>windows, at least) you can right click on any .emf or .wmf graphic that you
>import and find the choice for -edit picture-.  I never use that approach
>because, at least in many earlier versions of Word, it would have been more
>properly named -Destroy Picture- as Word would ungroup and then hopelessly
>mess up graphics (rotating text, moving aligned items, etc..).  Maybe they
>have fixed this but it may be smarter to either use Stata to get what you
>want, or use an actual graphics editing program that works with vector
>graphics files like .emf or .wmf files. Check Statalist archives for past
>recommendations from users).
>Michael Blasnik
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Renzo Comolli" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 1:28 PM
>Subject: st: .wmf or .emf ? Can we edit the graphs outside Stata? How
>> Dear Statalist,
>> Among the options of -graph export- there is to save it as .wmf or .emf
>> What is the difference? I tried to look on the manuals and everywhere on
>> internet, but I am still not clear. I understand that the .emf has the
>> generating the graph inside the file itself, but where? How to access
>> And how to use them?
>> Once the graphs have been imported in MSWord, is it still possible to edit
>> them? If so, how? Or should they be imported in Excell to edit them and
>> exported to Word from there?
>> I know that most (possibly all and more) of the editing that I am thinking
>> of could be done in Stata itself before exporting, but so far editing the
>> graphs in Stata has not been time-efective for me in terms of the time
>> to learn the commands.
>> So far the only thing I managed to do in Word is cropping the edges, which
>> is useless to me.
>> Best regards,
>> Renzo Comolli
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