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Old 11-24-2010, 02:49 AM
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Hi all,

I am interested in using vector image format, because they have a lot of advantages:

- Include commentaries in an image (for example insert arrows and text on a bitmap). This way i can obtain a perfectly readable text on my image.

- Inserting function plots (ex y = x^2 or experimental data).

- Inserting equations written in latex as images.

Till the moment I have kept using "Encapsulated PostScript" (eps) format. And it has worked rather well. The problem is that the Office conversor to pdf does not treat "eps" images well.. My solution had been to use the "Adobe pdf" printer that converts the doc file to pdf. This printer represents the text, etc perfectly, but recently I have had some problems with it.



I am sure that there must be some sort of vector image format which works well. Does anybody know a vector image format good for Microsoft Office applications (mainly word and powerpoint) ?

Thank you very much in advance, I would appreciate any advise that you can give me,

Jesús
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Old 11-25-2010, 06:44 AM
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HI! The extension TIFF or PNG ( Portable network graphics) is widely used for vector imaging.

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Old 11-26-2010, 02:33 AM
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Somebody has already told me that TIFF and PNG images can store vector images. Using Matlab and Illustrator when I save an image to PNG or TIFF format Word is still opening it as a bitmap image.. So, it does not solve the problem.

Thanks for your help.

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How are you opening the file up? If you use the "insert object" -> "Create from File" and select "Link to File" this will mean that you can edit the png of tiff in any graphics program and it will get updated automatically because its no embedded the same way.

Or am I still mis-understanding you?

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Old 11-26-2010, 03:51 AM
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This information about how to link an image to a word document is really useful, thank you. Anyway, it was not exactly what I wanted. Vector images are good to represent math graphics because you obtain perfect quality. And they dont need much space to store the image (in fact they dont need almos any HD space..).

Anyway, today I have found the solution to my problem. Reading the Matlab help i have found this:

"EMF Files: (Enhanced MetaFile)

Enhanced Metafiles (EMF) are vector files similar in nature to Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), capable of producing near publication-quality graphics. EMF is an excellent format to use if you plan to import your image into a Microsoft application and want the flexibility to edit and resize your image once it has been imported. It is the only supported MATLAB vector format you can edit from within a Microsoft application. (Your editing ability is limited. For the best results, do all your editing in Microsoft.)

A drawback of using EMF files is that they are generally only supported by Windows based applications."

Matlab also highly recommends the use of EPS files. In fact, it seems that excluding Vector Image Editors specific image formats (such as ".AI" for Illustrator), the best options are to chose either EPS (goor in general), either EMF format (only for microsoft apps).

Thank you again,

Jesús
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