Gnuplot and Powerpoint (and other presentation software)
Often people are working with gnuplot but when it comes
time to give a talk they simply include the encapsulated
postscript file into their powerpoint document.
There are several problems with this:
The fonts used are often so small that they can't be read
from the back of the room (sometimes even the front).
The line width is so small that sometimes a horizontal
line will not be visible on a projector that does
not have very high resolution.
The default colour choices are poor
(the default yellow is usually not visible).
In many cases the default choice of point types make it difficult
to distinguish points from different lines.
E.g., the +, x and * are the first three characters used.
If a + and x appear in the same location you can't
distinguish them from a *.
do a good job of including encapsulated postscript files
Sure it works, the graph appears but the resulting output is
of very poor quality (lots of jaggies).
This note describes some steps you can
take to to produce better quality graphs
that can be used with Powerpoint (and likely other
Here is the approach that I've used.
Some of this information comes from Martin Arlitt.
You might want to try png
Ian Goldberg tells me that he's had good luck generating png files directly
from gnuplot and then just including the png files.
I suspect that I didn't use png because at the time it may not have
been supported in powerpoint.
Tue Jan 16 23:20:06 EST 2007