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Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

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Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

I have copied and pasting equations from Mathcad 15 to paste in Word document. The word document will be edited to be part of a book.

the Editor told me that the quality of the equations was not good, that only had 96 dpi of resolution (I do not know what this mean). But for print, the quality of the equation, as seeing in the word document, has to be 300 dpi.

Does anyone have idea how I can improve the quality of copying and pasting equations in word documents?

thank you in advance,

 

Rogelio

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Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

To all,

 

the method I explained later did not work, even the entire page had 300 dpi, the equations still looked fuzzy.

what at the end I had to do is copy and paste each equation again. 

How?

I copy from Mathcad and use the paste special in word as follow: paste special>paste link>picture (windows metafile).

This is the only way I found to paste as windows metafile in word. After few paste equations, I have brake the links that are created, but this way has created the best quality, the editor, at last accepted this quality.

in the case of the figures, the editor was ok receiving the pictures separately in jpg format and he will put them where they belong. When I tried to insert the figures (that were created in Autocad) directly in my word document, they do not look good.

 

thank you to all for your help.

 

Regards,

 

Rogelio

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Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

'dpi' means 'dots per inch'. it is a measure of how many picture-points (pixels, or dots) there are on one inch of length. If you have a pciture of 100 dpi, and it is one inch wide and one inch high, the picture consists of 100x100=10 000 picture points. 96 dpi is a common number for screen resolution.

 

I find I get the best resolution when I copy 2 or more Mathcad regions (so select two or more regions in mathcad and select 'copy' from the menu, or press [CTRL-C]').

Then in MsWord I use 'paste special' with the option 'Picture (Windows Metafile)'.

 

See attached MsWord file, if you zoom in to 200 % you can see the difference in resolution.

 

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Luc

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

thank you very much Luc.

I will try this option. I will keep you posted with the outcome from the publisher editor.

 

regards,

 

Rogelio

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

You could always try the screenshot feature in Word - 'Insert tab, Screenshot' and select the Mathcad window. The window can then be clipped and resized.

 

Mike

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

That gives a picture with the screen resolution (72 or 96 dpi usually).

 

Luc

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

Thanks Luc,

I also regularly use this method for inserting sketches directly from AutoCAD and have found it to be the easiest solution.

 

Mike

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

The copy and paste process is very straight forward, the problem that I am having is that so far, the options that I have tried do not have the high resolution that is required for the formulas, based on the company that is going to print the book. I need to get a dpi of 300, so far I have obtained 90.

any help with this?

 

thank you in advance,

 

Rogelio

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

Have you tried copying the formulas into Irfanview (freeware)?

  1. Load your image into Irfanview.
  2. Select the "Image > Resize/Resample" option.
  3. In that dialog window you'll see a specific DPI data box.
  4. Simply enter whatever DPI you want without adjusting anything else in that dialog window.
  5. Click on the "OK" button.

Mike

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

You cannot (in general) create resolution that isn't there to start with.

Yes. You can load a bitmap into a picture app (IrfanView, PaintShopPro, the Gimp... you name it) and artificially boost its apparent resolution. But it will not get the sharpness of a picture with a (much) higher resolution AND remain presentable. (That is: you can use filters to enhance sharpness, but then you will lose presentation quality.) Or you actually get a higher resolution, but your picture has become smaller by the same amount.

In theory you could zoom in, within Mathcad, on the Mathcad sheet, to get more pixels on screen. Then take a screenshot, and with a picture app reduce the actual size of the picture while maintaining the amount of pixels. Thus you could get more pixels per unit of length = a higher dpi. But there is a much better way.

See attached Mathcad file, and the .pdf I created from it, detailing how I did it. Fig 2 is what you get when you just copy, and paste to a bitmap picture.

What I hope to show here is that it should be fairly easy, and not require more than Mathcad, MsWord and Windows to create a presentable, and high quality printable MsWord document with Mathcad stuff. Fig 3 shows a picture of the Mathcad contents that is as sharp and presentable as the surrounding (MsWord) text. I guess that should meet the quality required by Rogelio's press editor.

 

Luc

Re: Copying equations from Mathcad 15 and pasting in word document

Superb explanation Luc.

 

Mike