[R] problems with submitting an eps-file created in R

From: Christian Bieli <christian.bieli_at_unibas.ch>
Date: Sat 23 Jul 2005 - 00:26:10 EST


Dear all

I've got some problems submitting a manuscript, because I can't manage creating the favourable eps-file of a graph created in R. The journal's graphic requirements are as followed:
format: eps
width: max. 6 inches
resolution: min. 1000 dpi
supported fonts: Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Symbol, Times, Charcoal, Chicago, Geneva, Georgia, Monaco, Zapf, New York

Itried to ways of getting appropriate file:

1.Creating eps-file in R by drawing into a x11-device and then:
/dev.copy2eps(file = "file.eps", onefile = TRUE, paper = "a4", family =
"Helvetica", pointsize=1, print.it = FALSE, fonts = "Helvetica")

/2. Generating a postscript-file in R with /
//postscript(file = "file.ps", onefile = TRUE, paper = "a4", family =
"Helvetica", width = 6, height = 2.2, pointsize=1, print.it = FALSE, fonts = "Helvetica")/
an trying to convert it in ghostview.

Neither approach brought the favoured result. The error message I got from the quality checking program was :

Warning: Document is Missing Non-Standard Font

One or more non-standard fonts used in this image is not embedded. Standard fonts are: Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Symbol, Times, Charcoal, Chicago, Geneva, Georgia, Monaco, Zapf, New York.

In order to repair this problem, save your document with fonts embedded.

Error: Missing Fonts

Challenge
One or more linked or used fonts cannot be found. This is caused by DigitalExpert not being able to locate fonts on your system. All fonts used in the document must be active or have a defined and valid path so that DigitalExpert can find them.  

Solution
 The only way to repair this problem is to make the fonts available to DigitalExpert, and then reprocess the files. In order to make fonts active, either activate them using a font management program, or move them into the system:fonts folder.

  1. Obviously there's a font problem. Helvetica IS installed in my OS (windows 2000). Why "DigitalExpert" does not recognize the "Helvetica" font as a standard font? I thought the fonts option would embed the specified font in the file. Am I right or is there another way to embed fonts?
  2. Is there a way to set up the resolution of the created ps/eps-file in R (until now I did the settings in ghostview)?
  3. I did not find particulars about the pointsize option. What is the effect of changing the pointsize value?

With best regards
Christian

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University of Basel, Switzerland
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