[OS X TeX] Powerpoint to eps

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 00:37:02 CEST 2006

On 6/19/06, Bruno Voisin <bvoisin at mac.com> wrote:
> Le 20 juin 06 à 00:05, Loganathan Lingappan a écrit :
> > I use microsoft powerpoint for drawing flowcharts, logic circuits, and
> > sometimes tables. I already have a larger number of such figures.  I
> > can open these in MAC OSX using powerpoint but dont know how to
> > convert them to eps to include them in a document compiled using
> > Latex. Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
> Do you have Keynote (part of Apple's iWork)? When you open a
> PowerPoint presentation in Keynote, it is converted into a Keynote
> file bundle. Namely, the Keynote file looks like a file but is
> actually a folder (as revealed by Ctrl-Clicking it then selecting
> "Show Package Contents"). In this folder you will see collections of
> files in PNG, TIFF, JPEG etc. formats, which correspond to the
> figures extracted from in the PowerPoint presentation. I just tried
> this, and obtained a Keynote bundle containing a file image.pict
> corresponding to a PowerPoint organizational chart and a file
> lastSoftwareRendering.tiff corresponding to a PowerPoint flowchart.
> Afterwards, you can include figures in the PDF, JPEG and PNG formats
> in a LaTeX document using pdfTeX, and figures in any format
> recognized by QuickTime (the above plus PICT, TIFF, etc.) using XeTeX.

While all the advices work, I am a bit surprised that software which does not
recognize vector graphics (and transparency)  is used to draw figures
which should be basically in this format. Omnigraffle can do a better
job. Or one can use latex package pgf to create charts.

Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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