[R] Including graphics files in MS office / open office

hadley wickham h.wickham at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 16:19:23 CET 2008

Hi all,

I'm trying to write up some recommendations for what graphics formats
are most useful for inclusion into ms office and openoffice.  There
have been a few discussions on the list in the past, but I haven't
seen a summary.  These are the options I've seen so far, along with
there costs and benefits:

 * high-resolution (600-dpi) png output (or tiff or jpg or other
raster format).  The main disadvantage is that it's a raster format,
so you need to know the eventual output size.

 * windows metafile: works well in MS office, but does not support
transparency.  Can only be produced on windows, and openoffice support
isn't great

 * encapsulated postscript: supported by both MS office and open
office, but won't display a preview image unless you add one with an
external program.  Prints fine.

 * svg: R output devices still experimental and open office import
still experimental.  No support in ms office.

Have I missed anything?  Is the information correct?



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