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Re: [ferret_users] metafile -->ps file -->pdf files?

Hi Yangxing,

This has been covered quite a lot in the archives. See this message (and the one it is replying to) for some ideas on how to get around the problem:


I have to admit that my solution is to read the resulting .ps file into Adobe Illustrator and edit the "stroke weight" there. However, I realise that this is an expensive solution if you don't have access to Illustrator (...I guess Inkscape and/or other free editors will also give you similar functionality).

Hope this helps,


On Jan 9, 2009, at 10:49 AM, yangxing zheng wrote:

Hi ferreters,

  I have a question that I do not understand. For example, as I plot lines or make contours, the bold(thick) curves or contours become thin and light as we view the generated postscript file using gs, or if they are converted into .pdf files. I produce the .ps file in ferret using the command:

spawn Fprint -o .ps -l cps metafile.plt

I understand if we save the file in .gif file, we can keep the bold/thick contours. But the quality of the figure is usually poor.

Does anyone know how to keep the bold/thick curves and contour lines as we plot but with a high quality?



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