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Re: st: Beginner questions re saving/storing/exporting graphs in Windows


From   Austin Nichols <austinnichols@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Beginner questions re saving/storing/exporting graphs in Windows
Date   Thu, 14 Oct 2010 08:12:04 -0400

Benhoen2 <benhoen2@earthlink.net>:
This is an advanced "beginner" question; many experienced users have
struggled with this. Using TeX and making a PDF is arguably the
easiest way to go; see e.g. -texdoc- on SSC for a primer. You have two
alternatives from Uli and Maarten, using ghostscript
(http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-10/msg00483.html) or
using -file- to write out html
(http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2010-10/msg00485.html), and
there is older advice from Michael Blasnik
(http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2004-06/msg00301.html), but I
will offer a 4th alternative: you can write an RTF file with each
graph saved as PNG (but converting the binary file into a hexdump for
inclusion in the RTF file).  Such a file can be opened in MSWord and
many other word processors immediately, and you can add other material
to the RTF including text and formatting tags much as you would in
html or TeX.  I have a little utility program that writes out a single
graph which should get you started if you are interested in pursuing
that option; I will write a help file and submit to SSC.

On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:10 AM, Benhoen2 <benhoen2@earthlink.net> wrote:
> I need a quick primer on how to get multiple graphs from the graph window
> into a file that then I can save for later, send to others.  I once again
> put my faith in the Stata online community will get me started down the
> right path.  (FYI I spent the last hour or so trying to understand how to
> use graph export and epstopdf, and seem to have gotten more confused than
> anything.)
>
> I will create 20 or so graphs in my .do file and want to find the most
> elegant way to get them from the graph window to one file, which I can send
> out.  I had assumed I would use a  MS Word or PDF file to receive the output
> but if other options are readily available please suggest.
>
> I had envisioned being able to export to a file, in the same way one exports
> output to a log.  Once all of the graphs have been exported (the .do file is
> complete) the file would be ready to send.  The key here is that one file
> would contain multiple graphs and that the process would be automated from
> within the .do file.
>
> I am running Stata SE 11.1 on Windows 7 64 bit box.
>
> Any advice on how I might get started?  Is this even possible?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ben

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