Re: [R] Preparing high quality figures with tiff as end result

From: Gustaf Rydevik <>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 16:48:48 +0200

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 4:40 PM, Gustaf Rydevik <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm currently preparing some figures that will be submitted to PloS One.
> In their guidelines they state that they will only accept figures in
> tiff or eps format, with the warning that eps figures will be
> converted to tiff format ( see
> ).
> Because of this conversion, I figured I'd generate tiff-format figures
> from the beginning.
> However, a number of issues cropped up:
> 1) using
> library(Cairo)
> CairoTIFF("test.tif")
> I get " Sorry, this Cairo was compiled without tiff support.". I tried
> finding out how to recompile Cairo, but got lost in a lot of confusing
> talk about GTK+, downloaded dll files that I didn't know how to use
> etc.
> so I turned to plain tiff(), and
> 2) R started crashing on me.The following code
> tiff("test.tif")
> plot(rnorm(100))
> ,crashes R (i.e "R GUI has encountered a problem and needs to
> close...") every third time or so.
> When it does work, the resulting output is not too pretty.
> So I turned to using postscript files. However, Plos One requires that
> fonts be embedded into the figure.
> embedFonts() works for this, but the result is that text becomes
> low-res bitmaps, and I don't know how to solve this.
> So basically my question is: How should I go about generating graphics
> that will look as nice as possible given the above constraints?
> Many thanks in advance,
> Gustaf
Oh, and before anyone bites my head of, I forgot the following:

> sessionInfo()

R version 2.7.0 (2008-04-22)

LC_COLLATE=English_United Kingdom.1252;LC_CTYPE=English_United Kingdom.1252;LC_MONETARY=English_United
Kingdom.1252;LC_NUMERIC=C;LC_TIME=English_United Kingdom.1252

attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets methods base

other attached packages:
[1] RWinEdt_1.8-0 Cairo_1.4-2

, and I'm using windows XP professional

again, many thanks in advance

Gustaf Rydevik, M.Sci.
tel: +46(0)703 051 451
address:Essingetorget 40,112 66 Stockholm, SE

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