R-beta: Re: Problem with Postscript printing

Jim Lemon (bitwrit@ozemail.com.au)
Thu, 28 May 1998 11:40:08 +0000

Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:40:08 +0000
From: Jim Lemon <bitwrit@ozemail.com.au>
To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
Subject: R-beta: Re: Problem with Postscript printing


The Postscript output from R will produce output as good as your
printer.  It is best to have a printer with a Postscript interpreter
built in, as the software conversions often found in Windows printer
drivers can be pretty wobbly.  One advantage of R Postscript is that it
doesn't tack a Postscript reset (^D) on the end of every file.

As for word processors which handle Postscript inclusions, WordPerfect
for DOS (haven't got my Linux version yet) is the best I have used, and
RedHat's Applixware Words (for Linux) will also do it, although not
quite as neatly.  Microsoft Word will sometimes do it, sometimes not,
although I have not used it for a while, and they may(?) have fixed it. 
I think almost any Macintosh application will handle Postscript,
although I can't speak from experience.  Obviously, you have to have a
Postscript interpreter somewhere between your application and the paper.

I've found that converting Postscript images to other formats (PCX,
TIFF, etc.) almost always degrades the print quality.


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