Re: [R] rgl.postscript generating pdf: floating xlab, font size, transparency

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
Date: Wed 04 Apr 2007 - 18:11:33 GMT

On 4/4/2007 1:17 PM, Kim Milferstedt wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I very much enjoy rgl! But when converting the screen output to pdf
> using rgl.postscript I have encountered three problems:
>
> (1) I don't seem to have control over font sizes and point sizes (of
> added points) in the pdf output. I tried cex from "plot" but that
> does not have an effect. Initially I got some plots where fonts and
> especially points were far too small. But now I cannot reproduce this
> any more and fonts and axis are way too thick. How do you control
> font size, point size etc in the pdf output of rgl.postscript?

At the moment you don't, or you recompile from source with different choices. This is on the todo list.

> (2) I could not figure out if it is possible to prevent the
> expressions entered for xlab, ylab and zlab to float around in the
> plot. I would like them aligned with the labeled axis if that's
> possible. Can I do that with rgl?

I don't quite understand what you want (if you want them to be aligned with something that can move, don't they have to float around?), but at present text support is quite limited. As part of the same effort as above this will eventually change for the better.

> (3) I would also like to add a transparent sphere to some plots. I
> did this by adding the next two lines to a plot. However, by adding
> rgl.material(), also my next plots have the new updated properties I
> only intended for the sphere. How can I re-set the rgl.material to
> their defaults or how can I assign properties only for one object?
>
> rgl.material(alpha = 0.2 )
> spheres3d(0,0,0,1, col= "yellow")

The general rules are:

rgl.* functions may make long lasting changes to material properties (but most of them over-ride those, so you don't notice).

*3d functions preserve material properties.

The interaction of these two rules mean it's usually a bad idea to mix the two kinds of calls. You can do what you want with

spheres3d(0,0,0,1, col= "yellow", alpha = 0.2)

and the alpha change will only last for the duration of the call.
>
> I am working under Win XP with R 2.4.1 and the most current version of rgl.

You can get one slightly more current than the most current release from my web page, <http://www.stats.uwo.ca/faculty/murdoch/software>. It has the following changes, which may impact you:

v0.70.570

Duncan Murdoch
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kim
>
> ## Generating data-set
> X <- c(1:6)
> endpoint <- 4
> interval <- 1
> data.length <- 1200
> data.rep <- 10
>
> R <- rep(seq(1,endpoint, by =interval),rep((data.length/3)/endpoint,endpoint))
> Q <- cbind(matrix(sample(X,data.length , replace = T), ncol = 3, byrow = T),R)
>
> ## plotting using rgl
> symbol.col <- c("blue", "orange", "gold", "indianred")
> plot.lim <- c(1, 6)
> plot3d( 0,
> 0,
> 0,
> xlim = plot.lim,
> ylim = plot.lim,
> zlim = plot.lim,
> type = "n",
> xlab = "X-Axis",
> ylab = "Y-Axis",
> zlab = "Z-Axis",
> )
> for (l in 1:endpoint)
> {
> points3d( Q[,1][Q[,4] == l],
> Q[,2][Q[,4] == l],
> Q[,3][Q[,4] == l],
> col = symbol.col[l],
> size = 6)
> }
>
> rgl.postscript("D:/Kim/070402/test4.pdf", fmt="pdf" )
>
> __________________________________________
>
> Kim Milferstedt
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> Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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> 205 North Mathews Avenue MC-250
> Urbana, IL 61801
> USA
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>
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