[texhax] PDF to EMF?
ivan at skynet.ie
Fri Apr 29 10:55:46 CEST 2011
Unfortunately the quality of the EMF output varies.
I have had to most success in saving SVG from InkScape (its native
format), and then converting this to EMF with Visio.
The EMF exports from InkScape suffered from a number of issues:
* size (as I mentioned, I ended up with 10MB EMFs which were unwieldy)
* font / text placement issues
WMFs didn't fair much better.
Before generating SVGs that Visio could work well with, I'm pretty sure I
had to use File->Vacuum Defs in InkScape, and I may have saved from it as
either "Plain SVG" or "Optimized SVG", in preference to "InkScape
I really should have documented this better at the time, but it was a
Nonetheless, with a little playing around with InkScape and Visio, I was
able to figure out a flow that generated high quality EMFs effectively
from TikZ source.
Hope this helps,
On Fri, 29 Apr 2011, Steven Woody wrote:
> Hi, Ivan
> Thanks. If using Inkscape, instead of tizk, you can save your graph
> directly in EMF, right? So why you bother to save it in SVG then open
> it in Visio?
> Best Regards,
> On 29 April 2011 00:23, Ivan Griffin <ivan at skynet.ie> wrote:
>> Hi Steven,
>> I've done this (crudely) with a convoluted workflow. Apologies in
>> advance, as I can't remember the exact details.
>> I used preview.sty to generate the TikZ picture to an appropriately sized
>> PDF image. Then I used InkScape to open the PDF and save it as SVG.
>> I then opened the SVG in Visio 2010, and pasted it into MS Word as some
>> form of metafile. This for me was a key step, as the InkScape EMF/WMFs
>> weren't perfect.
>> Somewhere along the chain I ended up with ferociously large SVGs (10MB was
>> not uncommon) and I can't remember now what trick/tool I used to simplify
>> the SVG back down.
>> But this route has worked well for me.
>> I think I might occasionally have had to fix textboxes in the end
>> metafiles, but in general they were okay.
>> Best Regards,
>> On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Steven Woody wrote:
>>> I've drawn a lot of tikz pictures (resulted in PDF formats after
>>> running pdflatex on them). Now, for some reason I have to use them on
>>> a MS word document. I tried pdf2picture, some text looks ugly, maybe a
>>> kind of font problem. I also tried the Total PDF Converter, the
>>> resulted quality is okay, but the program is not friendly to use in
>>> Windows 7.
>>> Do you have any suggestion on these kind of tools?
>>> Thanks in advance.
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