This SVG format gets better everyday.
For those of you unfortunate enough not to have the
choice of freedom from the M$ Monopoly, I discovered
that Visio supports SVG file directly. In fact, the
rendering is better then Inscape and get this: you can
copy and paste *directly* over to PowerPoint and Word
and you can even embed it as a Visio object. The
quality is superb!
Even the browser can read SVG file (somewhat - the
quality isn't very good).
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Derek Hohls
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 12:19 AM
> Subject: Re: [Matplotlib-users] SVG vs PNG
> For those of you fortunate enough to have the
> choice be free from the M$ Monopoly, you can
> use the Open Office Impress package to do
> something similar to the steps below.
> However, if you want to work directly with SVG
> files, then you should install the SVG "import
> filter", available from:
> (Installation and use are described very clearly).
> If you have saved an SVG file from MPL, you
> can now open it in Open Office Draw, ungroup
> it (you will need to repeat this command a
> number of times) and edit the elements.
> Save the file as an Open Office drawing
> (.odg) for use in other Open Office applications.
> One strange thing I encountered was that the
> default background for fonts was blue?
> This seems to be a problem with the
> import filter, and has been reported on the
> wiki support page:
> but not fixed. To change this manually:
> left-click to select a text element, then
> right-click and choosing Edit Style... and
> then select White or None from the Area menu.
> *** As a footnote, I see that an integrated
> SVG filter, designed to be shipped as part of
> Open Office, is scheduled to be developed as
> part of the Google 2007 Summer of Code - see:
> >>> <kc106_2005-matplotlib@...> 2007/05/15
01:08 AM >>>
> Not exactly OT.
> I would not recommend using .eps format in order to
> export MPL graphs for Inkscape. I've been playing
> around with Inkscape for a few days now and I've
> using .svg exclusively and don't have any problem.
> As I said before, I like the fact that once I am
> inside Inscape, I can do an ungroup of the graph,
> work with all of the plotting elements individually.
> In fact, I just discover a nice way to "cut and
> a particular subplot over to PowerPoint. This gives
> me very high quality graphs in Power Point (I can
> scale all I want). No more fuzzy, ugly-looking
> Point charts.
> Here's how:
> a) Create MPL plots in .svg format
> b) From Inscape, read in .svg
> c) Select subplot and ungroup
> d) Copy and paste to a new page
> e) Shrink the page down to the size of the object
> f) Save as emf file
> g) Import into PowerPoint
> In addition, I am also using Inscape to get around
> problem with the PDF backend in MPL. I reported
> previously that I am unable to save more then 8 PDF
> files per execuation. Now, I save the files in .svg
> format, then invoke Inscape in command line mode and
> export the file in pdf format. Works great.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > Behalf Of Fernando Perez
> > Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 9:57 AM
> > To: Steve Schmerler
> > Cc: matplotlib-users@...
> > Subject: Re: [Matplotlib-users] SVG vs PNG
> > On 5/12/07, Steve Schmerler wrote:
> > > Fernando Perez wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Did you install pstoedit? If you do, you'll
> > inkscape will
> > > > then be able to load .eps/.ps files in a fully
> editable format.
> > > > I've used it to fix decade-old plots for which
> the only
> > thing around
> > > > was the eps file.
> > > >
> > >
> > > I tried to export an .svg from MPL
> > > rcParams['text.usetex']=True and got a
> > (same for
> > > the pdf backend with usetex, see attached log).
> > wondering: Is it
> > > (technically) possible to have .svg export
> capabilities with
> > > usetex-support and if so, has there been no need
> for this
> > feature so
> > > far (not that I need it urgently, just
> > There's actually a real MPL bug in there (not just
> > NotImplementedError) but I'll report it separately
> in a minute.
> > > Anyway, to work with MPL-images (.ps/.eps) in
> Inkscape, I installed
> > > pstoedit but loading these files doesn't work
> (seems not to
> > recognize
> > > them as images). Sorry if I'm driving the
> Inkscape-stuff a bit OT
> > > here, but: What version of Inkscape & friends
> > using? I'm using
> > > pstoedit 3.44, Inkscape 0.44.1. The
> > of Inkscape
> > > is also not working and the error seems related
> pstoedit. Maybe
> > > someone had similar experiences ...
> > >
> > > Thanks for any hint!
> > Well, unfortunately it seems that inkscape is
> crashing python
> > itself... I made a trivial .eps in mpl with:
> > In : plot(range(10))
> > Out: [<matplotlib.lines.Line2D instance at
> > In : title(r'Some \LaTeX $\int_0^\infty
> d\gamma = 1$')
> > Out: <matplotlib.text.Text instance at
> > In : savefig('foo.eps')
> > and when I tried to load it into inkscape, I got
> this very
> > nasty traceback:
> > *** glibc detected *** /usr/bin/python: free():
> > pointer: 0x4081e4e0 *** ======= Backtrace:
> > /lib/tls/i686/cmov/libc.so.6[0x400ee7cd]
> > /usr/bin/python[0x8110e6a]
> > etc.
> > At this point, this is really becoming OT for the
> mpl list,
> > so I'll stop. But if anyone has the time, it
> be worth
> > sending this example to the inkscape list so they
> work on it
> > and hopefully fix it.
> > Cheers,
> > f
> John Henry