[OS X TeX] Powerpoint to eps

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 02:24:52 CEST 2006

On 6/19/06, Jung-Tsung Shen <jushen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/19/06, Victor Ivrii <vivrii at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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.
> Sometimes it's historical reason: the users had been using other
> software and had had lots of charts, figures ... etc accumulated
> before they started using LaTeX. It would be very time-consuming to
> convert what you already have.

I am involved with some mathematical high-school competitions and
because of this sometimes I need to deal with problem sets (including
geometric drawings) in MS Word. I found that the easiest, the least
frustrating and not extremely time-consuming way to deal with them is
to take the text (without all formatting which is insane anyway and
any conversion program will produce something really ugly), make my
own formatting and remake drawings from the scratch using pgf. One of
the advantages is that if I decide to change the drawing I will do it
very fast, which would not be the case if I imported the original
bitmap graphics.

> Sometimes there's just no reason, they
> simply feel that particular software better suits their specific
> purpose.

My pretty limited experience with MS products suggests that they
better suit just one very particular purpose: to drive user crazy :-)

Victor Ivrii, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto
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