Re: [R] embed image (png) in postscript (device)

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Fri 01 Sep 2006 - 14:24:57 GMT

On Fri, 1 Sep 2006, Hans-Peter wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I output multiple "grid-package-based" plots to the postscript device.
> Because the graphics are complicated and consists of a lot of datapoints
> (~200'000) the files become really big. To avoid this big files and to
> shorten the creation, I currently print the plots to the png device and
> manually combine them into one multipaged pdf document.
>
> My question is, it is possible to do this in R directly?
> Probably I would have to create a png plot first, then reimport it into R
> and "put" it on the ps device. Is this a realistic way (in principle) ?
>
> If there is no package to read png files (I didn't find anything), I
> probably could solve this.

There are various ways to do so: one is to convert to a format pixmap knows, another to convert to TIFF and use rtiff.

> But I still don't know if it would be possible to
> "put" this memory representation to a ps device.

Only crudely. There is nothing in the R graphics model related to bitmaps. What you could do is draw each pixel as a rectangle (as image() does), but then your file size will be even bigger and the chances of it being rendered accurately are not high.

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