Re: [R] The best way to end up with WMF files

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From: A.J. Rossini (
Date: Thu 20 Mar 2003 - 11:29:15 EST

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Peter Dunn <> writes:

> I am doing some stats work for a group of biologists
> who require windows metafiles (*.wmf) for their publications.
> To create these, I appear to have two choices:
> 1. Restart my machine in Windows and use savePlot
> 2. Keep my machine in linux, save as another format,
> then convert.
> I'd rather stay in linux; but how do I get wmf files? I looked
> at using ImageMagick's convert, but it appears only to *read*
> wmf files and not write them according to the help (not that
> I could get it to read them when I tried... but that's another
> story).
> And if I do create another format first and eventually end up with
> a wmf, what is the best way to get there without loosing quality
> on the way through the conversion(s)?
> So my question is this: How can I end up with a wmf files using
> linux, without sacrificing too much (any?) quality on the way?
> I looked in the Mail archives and couldn't find anything useful.

It is not clear that you can. At least as of 9 months ago, there were
no decent *2wmf converters (decent = vector results, rather than crude

Best of luck, and if you find a good (non-bitmapped graphics)
solution, let us know!


A.J. Rossini				Rsrch. Asst. Prof. of Biostatistics
U. of Washington Biostatistics	
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