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st: printing problems / graphics formats


From   Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: printing problems / graphics formats
Date   Mon, 22 Nov 2004 20:06:47 -0500

Friedrich said

EMF and WMF files have the advantage of being vector graphics that
can be scaled without loss of quality. This is not true for PNG and
TIF graphs. The difference in quality can be demonstrated by using
the commands below to create a set of four graphs. Import the graphs
into your word processor of choice, set the page format to landscape,
and rescale the graphs so that they fill the page. The EMF and WMF
graphs look clearly better

Although he may well be right about that ordering, both EMF and WMF are proprietary, platform-specific formats that do not play well with others. IMHO the .eps or ,pdf formats are far superior, since they are also vector graphics formats that do not have the platform-specific characteristics. One cannot create .pdf directly on some operating systems, but an .eps can always be turned into a ,pdf if desired. All of these hassles with Word's vagaries with embedded graphics can be circumvented by using a professional typesetting solution such as LaTeX (see the Stata Journal or just about any scientific textbook...)

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html

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