[texhax] Ky Anh's Chemistry/Latex problem

Hartmut Henkel hartmut_henkel at gmx.de
Fri Aug 8 21:37:41 CEST 2003

On Fri, 8 Aug 2003, John Simmie wrote:

> The best way to import figures including chemical structures is to fix
> on the WMF graphic format since it is highly portable

Isn't it Microsoft proprietary? The "W" in it? Is there a stable file
format description openly available?

> and invariably trouble-free.

AFAIK pstoedit has invariably trouble with conversion von eps into wmf,
e. g. line dashing, curves, arrows, and text. And WMF is superseded by
EMF, which had the same problems when tried last time; i was fed up, but

> You can use the freeware ISIS/Draw from MDL to generate chemical
> structures, reactions, etc, save the result as a WMF file and use it
> in a LaTeX document.

WMF is IMHO not a format supported by any free TeX implementation. So
producing WMF is near to running into a tar pit.

> setwmf.sty defines eg the command \centerwmf{width}{height}{filename}
> which then allows you to pull in the graphics file

setwmf.sty can't be found on CTAN, just tried. It might be some file of
a commercial TeX system. Better use eps, pdf(, svg); all are portable
vector formats, friendly supported by latex or pdflatex.

Greetings Hartmut

Dr.-Ing. Hartmut Henkel, Oftersheim, Germany

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