Re: [R] SVG format from any R graphic GUI?

From: Agustin Lobo <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 18:51:30 +0200

Thanks for your answers, let me summarize the situation:

  1. I've tested the SVG import for OO, it's not great but it is much better than what you get for EMF. I know nothing about SVG, though, perhaps it is not the best graphics format.
  2. I need the figure displayed on the screen, I'm using Impress (the equivalent of ppt). Thus EPS is not an option,
  3. I do not see any pdf import functionality in OO, I get it as text and in OO writer. PDF is not listed among the supported formats in Impress for inserting graphic files. I did not try the development version of OO, perhaps this is an alternative.


Marc Schwartz escribió:
> A reasonable question here might be, what do you intend to do with the
> SVG file, once you have it. does not natively import SVG files
> and the only import filter that I am aware of for it:
> is an incomplete implementation. This means that your resultant graphic
> could end up 'brain damaged' after import.
> Not even 3.x, which is in development, will support this
> natively. Though they are adding PDF import functionality.
> Importing EPS graphs into works great and if you need a preview
> image, you can have one if you have the proper tools installed as Prof.
> Ripley notes. You can either do this from the command line or during the
> actual import process. Just keep in mind that what you will see in the
> document is the bitmapped preview, not the vector based EPS image.
>, like MS Office, does not render EPS images.
> You of course also need to print the document to a PS compatible
> printer, lest you simply get the bitmapped preview image output. Same
> thing BTW, with the default PDF export functions in
> HTH,
> Marc Schwartz
> Prof Brian Ripley wrote:

>> R 2.7.0 RC has an svg() device on Unix-alikes, and there are 
>> RSvgDevice and RSVGTipsDevice packages on CRAN.
>> I've seen so many problems with SVG renderers (especially related to 
>> fonts) that I would prefer not to rely on it.
>> If this is Windows, the preferred route seems to be to use EPS with a 
>> preview (which GSView can add for you).
>> On Wed, 16 Apr 2008, Stefan Grosse wrote:
>>> On Wed, 16 Apr 2008 13:20:35 +0200 Agustin Lobo wrote:
>>> AL>I have problems with emf files because OpenOffice does
>>> AL>a poor job at importing figures in this format. On the other
>>> AL>hand, imported eps figures are not displayed, just printed.
>>> AL>Is there any R graphic gui able to export as SVG (or
>>> AL>other vector format)? I've
>>> AL>tried JGR, iplots and svGUI.
>>> The figures format has nothing to do with the gui. It matters which
>>> devices are supported by your R platform on your system
>>> (Win/Linux/Mac?).
>>> A quick search on pointed me to the Cairo package. Maybe
>>> you can try that.
>>> You will also have reasonable results using the png device/graphics.
>>> usually you do something like:
>>> png("myplot.png",width=500,height=500)
>>> plot(x,y)
>>> hth
>>> Stefan

Dr. Agustin Lobo
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