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RE: st: Video from multiple graph exports


From   "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Video from multiple graph exports
Date   Thu, 4 Dec 2008 09:22:26 +0100

Line for the server...


Michael: "!start mygr.pdf" gives you the same sequence of events as "!
mygr.pdf", but does not leave the "Command Prompt" window open. Of course I
learned this from Sergiy back in the day:
http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2008-05/msg01159.html


HTH
Martin

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Michael Hanson
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 3:06 AM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports

I see.  I had misinterpreted your earlier response to suggest that  
you had done something more fancy, but I suspect for some users these  
represent useful ideas to get started.  I could imagine extending  
this to examples such as integrating automatic PDF generation into an  
ado file, passing options to epstopdf via Stata, and/or engaging in  
batch processing of files from within Stata.

For my own curiosity, is the "start" command standard in the Windows  
equivalent of a shell?  (I'm so used to working with Unix-based OSs,  
I'm not even sure if "shell" is the right word here.)  Does it simply  
launch the program associated with the file extension of the listed  
file -- in this case some pre-specified PDF reader?

Thanks,
Mike

On Dec 3, 2008, at 6:15 PM, Martin Weiss wrote:

> Not too much magic there. What I meant was: I would not know how to  
> tell Acrobat  or other suggested PDF-makers to just turn my graph  
> into a pdf file. Most of the other utilities are installed as  
> printers, so that would complicate matters for me...
>
> sysuse auto, clear
> sc mpg wei
> cap erase mygr.eps
> cap erase mygr.pdf
> gr export mygr.eps
> !epstopdf mygr.eps
> !start mygr.pdf
>
>
> HTH
> Martin
> _______________________
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Hanson" <mshanson@mac.com>
> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
> Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:07 AM
> Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports
>
>
>> Martin:
>>
>> Since epstopdf is available for the same three platforms as Stata   
>> (i.e., Mac, Unix, Windows), perhaps a few examples showing how  
>> you  "talk to it from inside Stata" would be of general interest.   
>> Indeed,  without stepping on the feet of the Stata Journal  
>> editors, I think  this would be a good topic for a Stata Tip in an  
>> upcoming issue of  the SJ.
>>
>> -- Mike
>>
>> On Dec 3, 2008, at 5:58 PM, Martin Weiss wrote:
>>
>>> Well, epstopdf is free as well and I know how to talk to it from   
>>> inside Stata. In contrast to ps2pdf, there are no white margins  
>>> to  take care of...
>>>
>>> HTH
>>> Martin
>>> _______________________
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paula Lackie"   
>>> <plackie@carleton.edu>
>>> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 11:53 PM
>>> Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports
>>>
>>>
>>>> Any Mac can "print to PDF" and there are a number of options for  
>>>> getting a PC to print to PDF. One reliable free version is   
>>>> "PDFCreator"
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Martin Weiss" <martin.weiss1@gmx.de>
>>>> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 3:20:01 PM GMT -06:00 US/ 
>>>> Canada Central
>>>> Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports
>>>>
>>>> "Export the Stata graphs as PDF format.  (A feature only available
>>>> in the Mac version, I believe.)"
>>>>
>>>> In Windows, -gr export- as .eps and use !epstopdf from your MikTeX
>>>> distribution. Not much more effort than on the MAC...
>>>>
>>>> HTH
>>>> Martin
>>>> _______________________
>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Hanson"   
>>>> <mshanson@mac.com>
>>>> To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 10:13 PM
>>>> Subject: Re: st: Video from multiple graph exports
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Dan:
>>>>>
>>>>> I have done something like this for several presentations --   
>>>>> although I
>>>>> typically prefer to use a remote to step through the "movie  
>>>>> frames"
>>>>> rather than automate the transitions.  That way I can stop and  
>>>>> comment on
>>>>> certain slides (the audience sees it as "freezing" the    
>>>>> animation), or go
>>>>> back to a specific slide to answer questions.
>>>>>
>>>>> The caveat, given the details you have provided in your  
>>>>> message:  my
>>>>> process requires a Macintosh.  Specifically, it requires use of  
>>>>> Keynote,
>>>>> Apple's presentation software available only for Mac OS X.
>>>>>
>>>>> Briefly, in three steps (though I am happy to provide details if
>>>>> requested):
>>>>> 1. Export the Stata graphs as PDF format.  (A feature only   
>>>>> available in
>>>>> the Mac version, I believe.)
>>>>> 2. Place PDFs of graphs into individual slides in Keynote.
>>>>> 3. Add automatic timed transitions and effects as needed.  You   
>>>>> can set
>>>>> transition times on a per-slide basis, as you inquired.
>>>>>
>>>>> This whole process is very easy with Keynote, as it provides fine
>>>>> controls for aligning the graphs and professional transitions   
>>>>> between
>>>>> slides.  Plus, since everything is done with PDF, you don't  
>>>>> get  those
>>>>> "jaggies" (i.e. pixelation) that often afflict graphics in  
>>>>> PowerPoint.
>>>>> Additionally, with Keynote you can export your  presentation to  
>>>>> QuickTime
>>>>> (.mov) or Flash (.swf) formats as a self- running, cross- 
>>>>> platform  file if
>>>>> desired.
>>>>>
>>>>> I suspect one could use LaTeX-based presentation tools (beamer?  
>>>>> powerdot?
>>>>> prosper?) to accomplish the same thing, albeit with (much)   
>>>>> more effort.
>>>>>
>>>>> Hope this helps,
>>>>> Mike
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Dec 3, 2008, at 2:49 PM, Dan Weitzenfeld wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi Folks,
>>>>>> I'm considering making a movie using multiple Stata graphs,   
>>>>>> exported.
>>>>>> E.g., for t=0,1,...n, graphing the data at each t, and then  
>>>>>> using a
>>>>>> slide-show program to stack the graphs in time order, creating a
>>>>>> "movie" illustrating how the data changes over time.
>>>>>> My questions:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> 1.  Has anyone does this before, and if so, do you have
>>>>>> recommendations for the most flexible slide-show program?
>>>>>> Specifically, I'm wondering if there is a program that will   
>>>>>> allow for
>>>>>> variable intervals between slides (e.g., t=0, 1.5, 2, 2.2,....)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> 2.  Is there a way to overlay a Stata graph on top of a .jpg  
>>>>>> file?
>>>>>> I've been doing this manually, using -spmap- to plot my
>>>>>> location-oriented data, exporting graphs as .emf/.wmf,   
>>>>>> ungrouping the
>>>>>> result in PowerPoint and aligning the .jpg overlay.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> 3.  Am I trying to use Stata to do something it's not suited   
>>>>>> for?  I
>>>>>> know JMP can play movies from data, but I don't think the  
>>>>>> movies  can
>>>>>> be exported, and, well, I'm partial to Stata.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks in advance,
>>>>>> -Dan
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