It was quite straight forward to import an .eps file (also pdf and other formats) into a script, with the version 10.0. that I had before; but, since I upgraded my Mathematica to the latest version 10.4.1, it fails and the following message appears:

"Unable to communicate with closed link \ !(LinkObject[\"'/Applications/Mathematica.app/Contents/SystemFiles/Converters/Binaries/MacOSX-x86-64/PDF.exe'\", 165, 4]). "

The command is simply:

graphPMF03 = Import["Desktop/myfile.eps"];
  • $\begingroup$ It's really hard to tell what might be going on. Can you open the file with another program? Esp. can you open with it Ghostscript/GhostView? $\endgroup$ – Searke Apr 29 '16 at 15:04
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    $\begingroup$ I would contact Wolfram Technical Support with a copy of the file that isn't working. $\endgroup$ – Searke Apr 29 '16 at 15:04



(*  "10.4.1 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (April 11, 2016)"  *)

plt = Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 2 Pi}]

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Export["Desktop/myfile.eps", plt];

plt2 = Import["Desktop/myfile.eps"]

enter image description here

The tick labels are missing although they appear when the eps file is opened in another application (e.g., Preview). However, export/import of pdf format appears to work as expected.

Export["Desktop/myfile.pdf", plt];

plt3 = Import["Desktop/myfile.pdf"][[1]]

enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ I can confirm this incorrect Import behavior for .eps in Mathematica 10.4.1 under Mac OS X 10.11.5. $\endgroup$ – murray Jun 28 '16 at 20:03

I just tried to Import an EPS file with Mathematica 11.1 and have the same problem. It just doesn't work. Was this reported as a "bug" and if so did you get a response?


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