Fixed in 10.1

It looks like the save as pdf is broken after I update to version 10.0.2. The labels in the plot become a mess.

Are there ways to fix it? The Export function works well though.

Here is a screenshot

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enter image description here I'm using OS X 10.10.1 (14B25)


It seems to be a frontend problem. Now I'm using a 10.0.2 kernel with a 10.0.1 frontend, which works great for me.

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    $\begingroup$ Can't reproduce this. I have 10.0.2 with OS X 10.10.1 $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 2:12
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    $\begingroup$ @xslittlegrass Can confirm this on Ubuntu 14.04 with Mathematica V10.0.2 $\endgroup$
    – halirutan
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 2:26
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    $\begingroup$ This is not the only issue with Save As..., there's also this. So it's probably better to use Export anyway. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ The good news is that there's already a sign that a 10.0.3 might be coming. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ @Szabolcs Thanks for the news, I'm feeling better now :) $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 16:17

3 Answers 3


Downgrade from Mathematica 10.0.2 back to 10.0.1. This can be done using a Time Machine backup if you have one on Mac OS. That fixed it for me, and there is nothing particular in 10.0.2 that I need, as far as I know.

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    $\begingroup$ "Downgrade from Mathematica 10.0.2 back to 10.0.1." <- The OP already knew that the bug was introduced in 10.0.2. "and there is nothing particular in 10.0.2 that I need" <- Except lots of fixes to other bugs which may or may not be as disruptive as this one, including bugs which cause silent wrong results. Point releases are primarily for bugfixes and I wouldn't advise to anyone to downgrade. If something like this is particularly disruptive, it's always possible to keep 10.0.1 and 10.0.2 side by side. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ I do agree though that this is extremely disruptive when one needs to produce figures. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ You are right, i checked again, no problem with 10.0.1 (OSX10.9.5), only with 10.0.2. By the way, I have v9.0, v10.0.1, v10.0.2 installed side by side. To install your v10.0.1 side by side with your already installed v10.0.2, you just have to give it a different name, that's all. $\endgroup$
    – SquareOne
    Commented Feb 23, 2015 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ Szabolcs: There were no answers to the question, so I thought I would add a non-ideal one so that new readers didn't have to delve through all the comments. Each person should decide for themselves whether to downgrade or not; for me, it is a serious impediment to my workflow, as I am frequently copying plots into emails to send to people. I have to balance this against a set of unknown bug fixes (is there an actual list somewhere?) which may potentially avoid silent wrong results. It's easier to use Export than to switch versions when I need to copy a plot, both of which are disruptive. $\endgroup$
    – Ian Hinder
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 9:39

Workaround for Mathematica 10.0.2:

Save twice!

The second one will be normal.


Not sure if this will work, but I had a styling issue that was helped with: Awful styling in MMA10's Plot


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