I would like to export a Grid object to a .pdf document (preferably as part of a notebook). Here's an example:

data = Notebook[
         {11, 22},
         {33, 44}
        Frame -> All,
        FrameStyle -> Directive[Thickness[.1], Orange]
        ](* end of Grid *)
     ](* end of Cell *)

Export[NotebookDirectory[] <> "grid.pdf", data];
SystemOpen[NotebookDirectory[] <> "grid.pdf"];

However, setting thickness of a grid in FrameStyle has little to do with the outcoming table (only the upper line is ok).

I've encountered a similar problem concerning Dividers here:

How to fix a PDF line rendering problem in V9

They say it's a bug appearing in MMA9 only (MMA8 is free of this problem. Sadly, it's not the version I get to use). Possible solution would be to export a Notebook to .eps first, and then convert it to .pdf, which works for simple examples, however there are two reasons I can't use it.

First - as I try to export my Notebook to .eps, Mathematica crashes and quits to Windows (i use XP 32bit SP3). Secondly - I'd very much appreciate, if using programs other than MMA could be avoided.

Is there another way of exporting a Notebook to .pdf? Or meybe there's some unknown global option which can prevent aliasing? I will be grateful for any help.

PS The thickness is broken only in .pdf - the notebook looks ok.


1 Answer 1


Rasterizing is a possibility:

data = Notebook[{Cell[
        Grid[{{11, 22}, {33, 44}}, Frame -> All, 
         FrameStyle -> Directive[AbsoluteThickness[1], Orange]], 
        ImageResolution -> 400](*end of Grid*)]]](*end of Cell*)}];

Export[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "grid.pdf"}], data];
SystemOpen[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "grid.pdf"}]];

Of course, you don't get scalable graphics this way. It might be a pain if there are several Grids that need rasterizing. Here it is blown up several times:

Import[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "grid.pdf"}], "Images"]

Mathematica graphics

Edit: Here's an automatic way to convert any Grid that contains a thickness directive. It works in V9.0.1, but the box structure may change in future. (The problem seems to be fixed in V10, in any case.)

rasterizeThickness = 
  box : TagBox[_, "Grid"] /; ! FreeQ[box, Thickness | AbsoluteThickness] :> 
   ToBoxes[Rasterize[ToExpression[box, StandardForm], ImageResolution -> 400]];

Export[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "grid.pdf"}], data /. rasterizeThickness];
SystemOpen[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "grid.pdf"}]];

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