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Re: st: Printing graphs to pdf under program control


From   ariley@stata.com (Alan Riley)
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Printing graphs to pdf under program control
Date   Sat, 16 Oct 2004 14:50:39 -0500

Ian Watson (i.watson@econ.usyd.edu.au) asked about automating the
production of PDF copies of Stata graphs:
> Has anyone had success passing a filename under program control to
> Acrobat Distiller on a Windows platform?
>
> I wish to print my graph to a pdf file, but graph export (to pdf) is
> not available under Windows. I can of course print to Acrobat
> Distiller manually. But what I want to do is automate the procedure
> inside a do file. ...

This should be possible by using Distiller's command-line parameters.
I just tried the following on my system from within Stata:

  . sysuse auto
  . scatter mpg weight
  . graph export c:\temp\mytest.eps
  . !"C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\acrodist.exe"
       /o c:\temp\mytest.pdf c:\temp\mytest.eps
  
Note that everything after the shell command (!) should all be on
one line.

This fired up an instance of Distiller and converted the file
c:\temp\mytest.eps which came from Stata into a pdf file.  The
following document on Adobe's site may be of some additional
assistance:

   http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/321090.html

It appears that a "job options file" may be created for Distiller
to allow you to control various settings for the conversion process
such as what font substitutions to use.  I did not find it necessary
to do this in my test case above, however.


--Alan
(ariley@stata.com)
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