Re: [Rd] Identifying graphics files produced by R

From: Paul Murrell <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 08:48:38 +1300


David M Smith wrote:
> Oftentimes, I see graphs on the web that *look* like they've been
> produced by R, but I can never be sure. Or can I? I notice that
> PostScript files include a "%%%Creator: R Software" line, but do R
> graphics drivers encode any identifying information in GIF or PNG
> files more commonly used on the web? And of so, would such evidence
> necessarily be obliterated in post-processing (e.g cropping)?

I know that pdf() adds similar "Creator" information. I don't recall seeing anything like this for the raster devices, but I've worked less with them so I don't know for sure.


> I'm trying to do an informal survey of R's use to create statistical
> graphics on the web, and if there's a way to identify graph files I
> see as coming from R it would help a lot.
> Thanks,
> # David Smith
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