In the helpfile there is a nice axample of text analysis (example/LexicalAnalysis)

Text[Row[With[{data = 
     ExampleData[{"Text", "DeclarationOfIndependence"}, "Words"]}, 
     10 N[Log[Count[Take[data, i], data[[i]]]]]], {i, Length[data]}]],
   " "]]

The result of this scripts isenter image description here

When I export this output as a pdf file, the result is a empty document. On the internet I found a suggestion to export first to the formmat 'eps' and then to 'pdf'. In my case I created onley the last page. Anybody a suggestion to export this analysis (in the way it's formatted) to somebody else who has no mathematica on his computer.


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I checked the exported EPS from Mathematica on Windows 8.1. The whole contents are all included in the EPS file, but the page size / bounding box is quite unusual. So I guess it's possible the PS-to-PDF converter you used did not respect that page size, thus some contents are cropped. I found two ways working here:

  1. Using MMA's converter, i.e.

           ImportString[ExportString[testText, "EPS"], "EPS"]

    MMA's PDF converter seems respect the page size (at least on my machine), so this will work. But it can be unstable once the testText getting large/complex.

  2. Exporting to EPS, then using third-party tools (like ps2pdf) to convert it to PDF. In this way, you can specify the page size in the tool manually.

In case you want to assign a page size at the very beginning, I found using Pane with fixed size is a handy trick. e.g.

       Pane[exampleText, {500, 200}, ImageSizeAction -> "ShrinkToFit"]

Then in the console run

ps2pdf -dDEVICEWIDTHPOINTS=500 -dDEVICEHEIGHTPOINTS=200 xxx.eps xxx.pdf

The result will look somehow similar to exampleText in MMA's FrontEnd:

generated pdf

Finally there are some issues worth notice, e.g. EPS does not support transparency, etc. I would suggest searching the site for more details.

  • $\begingroup$ This works on Macs, too. Annoyingly, the ImportString trick doesn't work with "PDF" in this example, so "EPS" does indeed seem to be unavoidable. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Sep 22, 2014 at 23:05
  • $\begingroup$ @Jens I think MMA's PDF converter is too slow and the result files are too large, and it always exist with a corrupted pdf (for this issue maybe I should try again when I have sufficient RAM). I would actually rather set up a special notebook then using whatever pdf virtual printer I have. $\endgroup$
    – Silvia
    Sep 22, 2014 at 23:29

If in the notebook you Save Selection as a .PNG, it seems to work fine. the PDF (when viewed with Acrobat Pro) is NOT empty, but has a bunch of empty squares where letters ought to be - I don't know enough about the vagaries of PDF to interpret this.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ The squares probably mean the font is unavailable to Acrobat. $\endgroup$
    – bill s
    Sep 22, 2014 at 14:32

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