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Re: Latex Fonts and Octave

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: Latex Fonts and Octave
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 17:10:18 -0400

On Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 02:49PM, "Thomas Markovich" <address@hidden> 
>> Hi all,
>> I have googled around for about a day and haven't figured out how to  
>> use latex fonts in octave.
>> What I am doing right now is using psfrag to replace fonts from  
>> within the latex document with the graphics all being saved as  
>> postscript files. This worked wonderfully; unfortunately the journal  
>> that we are submitting to doesn't accept postscript files. Instead,  
>> they want everything to be pdfs. To do this what I have to do is  
>> convert the postscript to the pdf so that I have it in the right  
>> format but I lose the functionality of psfrag. To work around this I  
>> have tried to use octave to generate plots for me with the fonts but  
>> they aren't very pretty and what's more, the axis labels wander off  
>> the graph when I make them big enough to be seen.
>> So, is there a way to use latex fonts (so they're consistent with my  
>> paper) in the generation of pdfs? and is there a way to move my axis  
>> label up? (our x axis label is \varphi but half of it gets cut off  
>> when the size is set to 18)
>> I am currently using
>> x = [-2:0.01:2]*pi;
>> xtick = [-2,-1.5,-1,-0.5,0,0.5,1,1.5,2] * pi;
>> xticklabel = { '{/Symbol -2p}', '{/Symbol -3p/2}', '{/Symbol -p}',  
>> '{/Symbol -p/2}', '{0}', '{/Symbol p/2}', '{/Symbol p}', '{/Symbol  
>> 3p/2}', '{/Symbol 2p}'};
>> plot (potential1(:,1),potential1(:,2),'k','linewidth',5);
>> set (gca, 'xtick', xtick, 'xticklabel', xticklabel);
>> axis([-7,7,-1.1,1.3])
>> set(0,"Defaulttextfontsize",18)
>> xlabel('\varphi');
>> ylabel('V_+(\varphi)');
>> print('figures/','-deps')
>> to generate my functions but unfortunately there's no pretty fonts.
>> Thanks,
>> Thomas Markovich

Regarding the pdf requirement, do you imply that your publisher is using 
pdflatex, or that he requires the manuscript to be submitted as a pdf document?

If you need a figure compatible with pdflatex, the only solution I can think of 
is a little *hack*.

octave:1> plot (1:10)
octave:2> drawnow ("latex", "test.tex")

Be aware, due to limitations of the latex terminal, gnuplot might complain. The 
resulting file "test.tex" is a LaTeX picture.


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