[Ipe-discuss] problems including pdf figures with ipe 6pre25

Manuel López-Ibáñez manuellopezibanez at yahoo.es
Sun Mar 26 18:52:10 CEST 2006

And why it can't include EPS files?

I think this will solve this issue because a PDF file can always be 
(easily) converted into EPS.


Otfried Cheong wrote:
> Kostas Oikonomou wrote:
>> My particular figure is a scatterplot with a lot of points, labels on 
>> the axes, etc.  I don't think that's a very suitable figure for 
>> pdftoipe.  I assume this problem will be addressed in the future,
>> but for now, is there some other way to include scalable graphics of 
>> the type I'm talking about?
> No, Ipe currently has no way to incorporate external PDF data in its own 
> output.  What exactly are you trying to achieve?
> I currently have no plan to add this feature to Ipe.  The reason is that 
> the feature would probably disappoint many people, because:
> * Ipe doesn't know PDF.  So Ipe cannot display the contents of the 
> included scalable figure on the screen - you would only see an empty 
> rectangle where the figure will go.
> * Ipe wouldn't know how to generate Postscript output for the included 
> figure.  So saving in EPS format wouldn't work - once you have included 
> a scalable graphics in PDF format, you would no longer be able to save 
> in Postscript.  (Or Ipe would need to use an external program like 
> "pdftops" to do the conversion to EPS format).
> Other than this, adding the feature would be realistic (but not trivial 
> - unlike EPS inclusion, which is simply copying of text, PDF inclusion 
> needs some parsing of the PDF document to extract the PDF objects that 
> need to be copied).
> Otfried
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