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st: Re: printing graphs to PDF |

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Sun, 17 Oct 2004 08:08:29 -0400 |

On Oct 17, 2004, at 2:33, Phil wrote:

Good point. Another consideration: one may want more control over the inclusion of graphs in documents than PDF format affords: this format is perhaps most useful for producing full-page figures for a presentation handout (although they can be scaled as you wish to fit in the body of a document). Although TeXShop (excellent and freeware) makes it very easy to include a PDF in a LaTeX document, one has more control over the outcome if .eps format (which works on all Stata-supported OSes) is used in graph export. That is the recommended scheme for Stata Journal and Stata Press.In addition to using Distiller, it should presumably also be possible to create a PostScript file from within Stata and then use ps2pdf (a shell script which uses Ghostscript to convert PostScript files to PDF). I use ps2pdf occasionally, though since I do most of my work on OS X I haven't needed it for Stata graphs (as Kit notes above), and thus haven't tried it (perhaps someone else has some experience here?). Of course you won't have all the options you have with Distiller, but the advantage is that the same method would work on any platform Ghostscript runs on (virtually all). And using -shell- you could easily drive this from within Stata.

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics baum@bc.edu

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