[texhax] PDF to EMF?

Ivan Griffin ivan at skynet.ie
Thu Apr 28 18:23:05 CEST 2011

Hi Steven,

I've done this (crudely) with a convoluted workflow.  Apologies in
advance, as I can't remember the exact details.

I used preview.sty to generate the TikZ picture to an appropriately sized
PDF image.  Then I used InkScape to open the PDF and save it as SVG.

I then opened the SVG in Visio 2010, and pasted it into MS Word as some
form of metafile.  This for me was a key step, as the InkScape EMF/WMFs
weren't perfect.

Somewhere along the chain I ended up with ferociously large SVGs (10MB was
not uncommon) and I can't remember now what trick/tool I used to simplify
the SVG back down.

But this route has worked well for me.

I think I might occasionally have had to fix textboxes in the end
metafiles, but in general they were okay.

Best Regards,

On Thu, 28 Apr 2011, Steven Woody wrote:

> Hi,
> I've drawn a lot of tikz pictures (resulted in PDF formats after
> running pdflatex on them).  Now, for some reason I have to use them on
> a MS word document. I tried pdf2picture, some text looks ugly, maybe a
> kind of font problem.  I also tried the Total PDF Converter, the
> resulted quality is okay, but the program is not friendly to use in
> Windows 7.
> Do you have any suggestion on these kind of tools?
> Thanks in advance.
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