[R] a fix for rotated PDF graphs
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Apr 3 12:19:07 CEST 2004
The problem is simply that you are using epstopdf incorrectly. This is
not an R issue but the correct solution has been discussed here before
(although my quick searches failed to locate it in the archives).
First, if you want `PDF graphs' you can make them in R with the pdf()
device. I am very surprised you did not mention that.
Second, if you insist on using distiller or gs (via epstopdf) you need to
unset the option that rotates plots automatically. It's documented in
By default Ghostscript determines viewing page orientation based on the
dominant text orientation on the page. Sometimes, when the page has text
in several orientations or has no text at all, wrong orientation can be
Acrobat Distiller parameter AutoRotatePages controls the automatic
orientation selection algorithm. On Ghostscript, besides input stream,
Distiller parameters can be given as command line arguments. For
instance: -dAutoRotatePages=/None or /All or /PageByPage.
You want /None.
On Sat, 3 Apr 2004, Tamas Papp wrote:
> I have found references for the following problem in the list
> archives, but no nice solution. So I decided to post one I came up
> The problem is that graphs output as eps files, for example using
> ps.options(onefile=FALSE, paper="special", width=8, height=8,
> horizontal=FALSE, pointsize=12)
> get rotated when I convert them to pdf using epstopdf. Both ghostview
> and acroread display them rotated, so I don't think it's an actual
> acroread bug. I am using R 1.8.1.
No, it's user error. You asked gs to rotate them.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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