Re: [Rd] raster support in graphics devices

From: Charlotte Maia <>
Date: Tue, 01 Dec 2009 17:48:33 +1300


I consider raster graphics highly problematic in statistics. People get caught up in the idea of creating pretty pictures, rather than effectively visualising information.

Plus a lot of people (who should know better) needlessly put raster images inside reports and articles (even books), which either makes the files large (and very difficult to view), or creates blurry images, or both.

It's always good to have more functionality. However, I certainly hope that most of the R community stick to vector graphics (with conservative colour use), unless it is absolutely necessary to do otherwise (and the only example I can think of, is modelling images themselves).

On a side issue, I have found that R plots tend to be getting slower over the years.
I think cairo was a bad move, however that's just my opinion...


Charlotte Maia

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