### Highlights from export_fig

• append_pdfs(varargin)
APPEND_PDFS Appends/concatenates multiple PDF files
• copyfig(fh)
COPYFIG Create a copy of a figure, without changing the figure
• eps2pdf(source, dest, cro...
EPS2PDF Convert an eps file to pdf format using ghostscript
• export_fig(varargin)
EXPORT_FIG Exports figures suitable for publication
• fix_lines(fname, fname2)
FIX_LINES Improves the line style of eps files generated by print
• ghostscript(cmd)
GHOSTSCRIPT Calls a local GhostScript executable with the input command
• im2gif(A, varargin)
IM2GIF Convert a multiframe image to an animated GIF file
• isolate_axes(ah, vis)
ISOLATE_AXES Isolate the specified axes in a figure on their own
• pdf2eps(source, dest)
PDF2EPS Convert a pdf file to eps format using pdftops
• pdftops(cmd)
PDFTOPS Calls a local pdftops executable with the input command
• print2array(fig, res, ren...
PRINT2ARRAY Exports a figure to an image array
• print2eps.m
• user_string(string_name, ...
USER_STRING Get/set a user specific string
• using_hg2(fig)
USING_HG2 Determine if the HG2 graphics pipeline is used
• View all files

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# export_fig

11 Apr 2009 (Updated )

Exports figures nicely to a number of vector & bitmap formats.

### Editor's Notes:

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File Information
Description

This function saves a figure or single axes to one or more vector and/or bitmap file formats, and/or outputs a rasterized version to the workspace, with the following properties:
- Figure/axes reproduced as it appears on screen
- Cropped borders (optional)
- Embedded fonts (pdf only)
- Improved line and grid line styles
- Anti-aliased graphics (bitmap formats)
- Render images at native resolution (optional for bitmap formats)
- Transparent background supported (pdf, eps, png)
- Semi-transparent patch objects supported (png only)
- RGB, CMYK or grayscale output (CMYK only with pdf, eps, tiff)
- Variable image compression, including lossless (pdf, eps, jpg)
- Optionally append to file (pdf, tiff)
- Vector formats: pdf, eps
- Bitmap formats: png, tiff, jpg, bmp, export to workspace
This function is especially suited to exporting figures for use in publications and presentations, because of the high quality and portability of media produced.
Note that the background color and figure dimensions are reproduced (the latter approximately, and ignoring cropping & magnification) in the output file. For transparent background (and semi-transparent patch objects), use the -transparent option, and set the axes 'Color' property to 'none' where desired. Pdf, eps and png are the only file formats to support a transparent background, whilst the png format alone supports transparency of patch objects.
When exporting to vector format (pdf & eps), and to bitmap using the painters renderer, this function requires that ghostscript is installed on your system. You can download this from:
http://www.ghostscript.com
When exporting to eps it additionally requires pdftops, from the Xpdf suite of functions. You can download this from:
http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf
Usage examples and tips can be found in the README at:

When reporting bugs, please either use the 'Contact Author' link on my Author page, or raise an issue via GitHub. Please do not paste the error into the comments - I will not respond to these.

Acknowledgements

Savefig, Fix Dashed And Dotted Lines In Eps Export, Fixpslinestyle, Myaa My Anti Alias For Matlab, and Fix Lines inspired this file.

Required Products MATLAB
MATLAB release MATLAB 7.13 (R2011b)
Other requirements Ghostscript, Xpdf
14 Aug 2014

plot with transparency in the patches not rendering in pdf correctly (the patches are given a solid color). How can this be fixed?

11 Aug 2014
10 Aug 2014

Hi Oliver, still having problems exporting patches and lines or symbol.
I can use uistack or uistack2 from the file exchange here and get good looking results BUT, if I export PDF using export_fig the patch is always in front of everything else. Maybe you can look into that and fix it! thanks Arnold.

01 Aug 2014

Is there a way to use this great tool in the editor's publish function?

So that pressing the publish button yields a report with images and graphs as specified with parameters in this export_fig tool?

01 Aug 2014

I don't know how to set the DPI and size of figure
outputted by export_fig. Could any friend tell me about it? thanks very much!!!

31 Jul 2014

Export_fig has been a life saver. Unfortunately, I now get the following error:
Error using eps2pdf (line 107)
Error: /undefined in bdef
Operand stack:
dom --nostringval--
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval--
--nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval--
--nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1932 1 3
%oparray_pop 1931 1 3 %oparray_pop 1915 1 3
%oparray_pop 1803 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval--
%errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval--
--nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1189/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:77/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 64
GPL Ghostscript 9.09: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1
Error in export_fig (line 424)
eps2pdf(tmp_nam, pdf_nam, 1, options.append,
options.colourspace==2, options.quality);

any ideas?

29 Jul 2014

Many thanks to Oliver for the great code.
One issue that I encountered:
When exported in eps format, all my tweaks on the plot legend are reset to default.

18 Jul 2014
17 Jul 2014

Thanks for the great code, and the ghostscript error fix! it suddenly didn't print eps or pdf anymore, but now works beautifully again
..Afif: export_fig(gcf,'filename','-eps')

15 Jul 2014

Hello,

Thanks a lot for that beatiful code. Works quite good.
However, there is a bug: one cannot use the symbol "%" within the file name:

When I type: export_fig(f3, 'Post-Process Estimates - diff. weight (+5 +10 +15)kg, Amp 10','-pdf','-q0','-a1','-r160','-nocrop') % lowest quality, no anti-aliasing, reduced resolution

it creates a nice pdf.

However when I add the symbol "%" at the end of the name, that is: Amp 10% I get a strange error message:

>> export_fig(f3, 'Post-Process Estimates - diff. weight (+5 +10 +15)kg, Amp 10%','-pdf','-q0','-a1','-r160','-nocrop')
Error using eps2pdf (line 107)
**** Unable to open the initial device, quitting.

Error in export_fig (line 435)
eps2pdf(tmp_nam, pdf_nam, 1, options.append, options.colourspace==2, options.quality);

A bug?

14 Jul 2014

Can someone please provide an minimalist example of how to export and .eps image using 'export_fi'? I am having a really hard time using it. Thanks in advance.

11 Jul 2014

After updating to R2014b, the crop function for PDF seems not to work properly. This is my test code:
--------------------------------------
x = -100:0.01:100;y = -3.*x.^2-3.*x+4;
figure,plot(x,y,'--')
xlabel('x-axis'),ylabel('y-axis'),title('title'),legend('function')
export_fig('fig1_q101_painters','-pdf','-q101','-painters');
export_fig('fig2_painters','-pdf','-painters');
export_fig('fig3_pdf','-pdf');
export_fig('fig4_nocrop','-pdf','-nocrop');
export_fig('fig5_png','-png');
export_fig('fig6_bmp','-bmp');
export_fig('fig7_jpg','-jpg');
----------------------------------------------
The png, bmp and jpg is being crop perfect.

11 Jul 2014

Most used function at the moment, great!

07 Jul 2014

Extremely useful function!

07 Jul 2014
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01 Jul 2014

If you are writing documents which require matlab figures this is a must have program.

27 Jun 2014

First of all, this program is totally awesome. But... I'm having a problem with R2014b running on Windows 7. After creating a very simple plot, I get this error information.

Error: /undefined in bdef
Operand stack:
dom --nostringval--
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1862 1 3 %oparray_pop 1861 1 3 %oparray_pop 1845 1 3 %oparray_pop 1739 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1153/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:69/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 64
GPL Ghostscript 8.64: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

I'm also confused as to why it's using Ghostscript 8.64, as I've installed 9.14 and changed 'path_ = user_string('ghostscript');' in ghostscript.m to 'path_ = user_string('C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.14\bin\gswin64c.exe');'.

27 Jun 2014
26 Jun 2014

Actually exports vector pdf, cropped accurately! Thanks for this. Saves me a ton of time.

26 Jun 2014

Wow, what a great tool! Saved me a lot of trouble, Thanks!!!!

26 Jun 2014

Great new version. Finally the problem with interactive plots, e.g., "impoint" or "impoly", has been resolved. :)

23 Jun 2014

great, now works with the prerelease of R2014b on OSX 10.9.3

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06 Jun 2014

Exactly what I needed. It actually gave me an eureka experience in my work. Thank you so much.

06 Jun 2014

awesome...!!!!:)

30 May 2014

Awesome! This is exactly what I have been looking for.

24 May 2014

great! this saves my day, thank you!

23 May 2014
21 May 2014

Figured it out.
file_name=sprintf('plot_%d',x);
export_fig(fullfile(file_name),gcf, '-m2.5');

21 May 2014

I'm try to use this script to automatically plot all columns saved in an array. Say if I have a 3x2000 matrix, I want to plot 3 raw vectors and save plot_1.png, plot_2.png and plot_3 png. Can I pass a string variable export_fig.

code:
% auto plotter
t=0:.001:2;
y1=2*sin(2*pi*t);
y3=2/3*sin(2*pi*3*t);
y5=2/5*sin(2*pi*5*t);
Y=[y1;y3;y5];
% real code begins here
n=size(Y,1);
for x=1:n;
taggy=sprintf('C=%d mF',x); % title
file_name= sprintf('plot_%d.png',x); % file name to be plot_x.png
plot(t, Y(1,:));title(taggy);
export_fig file_name -m2.5;close(gcf);
end

21 May 2014
19 May 2014

export_fig Exports figures nicely to a number of vector & bitmap formats.

16 May 2014
12 May 2014
08 May 2014

awesome!

01 May 2014
30 Apr 2014
29 Apr 2014

I must say that this is the best MATLAB code I ever use. It works even on my old version (7.0.4 R14) MATLAB. Many thanks to the author. :)

29 Apr 2014
29 Apr 2014
28 Apr 2014

Finally a comprehensive figure exporting tool for MATLAB. I gratefully use it to create hi-res vectors from my figures, which is something that is not easily done in a useful fashion.

28 Apr 2014

Finally a comprehensive figure exporting tool for MATLAB. I gratefully use it to create hi-res vectors from my figures, which is something that is not easily done in a useful fashion.

24 Apr 2014

I repeat, please email me bug reports rather than posting them here. Better still, fork the repository, fix the bug, and create a pull request.

Hassan: Your example worked as expected on my system.

Alvaro: Feel free to email me a minimal working example.

24 Apr 2014

1. Thank you for the great tool which I use it for all my graphic exports.

2. A problem: If a plot contains an "impoint" or "impoly", or probably any of these interactive objects from image processing toolbox, the output of export_fig simply doesn't show them. The problem happens only when exporting an axes not the whole figure. I would very much appreciate any suggestion?

figure()
handle = subplot(1,2,1);
impoly(handle, [1 1; 2 2; 1 2])
export_fig('test.pdf', '-pdf', '-transparent', handle)

24 Apr 2014

Great tool, thanks for it !
I'm having the following error passing uipanel to export_fig
The name 'OuterPosition' is not an accessible property for an instance of class 'uipanel'. (im using matlab 8.1)

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03 Apr 2014

Jo: Many thanks for the bug report. However, I do ask (in the description above) that people email me bug reports, rather than post them here.

03 Apr 2014

First of all: great tool! I'm using it a lot.
Second: Matlab FileExchange Commenting is driving me nutts :-) (should've peeked into the previous comment)
Third: (main reason for my post) I encountered a tiny bug in the script, appearing as follows:
1. Create a figure
2. Create multiple axes inside
3. Draw imagesc in each axis
4. Disable axis labelling (axis off)
5. Draw e.g. a coloured rectangle in each image
=> The export will show the rectangle black in all but the first axis

Minimal example:

figure;
set(gcf,'Position',[0 0 1000 500]);
axes('position',[0.0 0.0 0.5 1]);
imagesc(rand(24,24));
axis off
rectangle('position',[8 8 8 8],'EdgeColor','r','LineWidth',2);
axes('position',[0.5 0.0 0.5 1]);
imagesc(rand(24,24));
axis off
rectangle('position',[8 8 8 8],'EdgeColor','r','LineWidth',2);
colormap gray
export_fig('tmp.pdf','-pdf');

Best wishes and thanks in advance for any hints or clues!

03 Apr 2014

Arg, this commenting interface in FileExchange is driving me nutts... forgot to remove a .*m in both imagesc... sry for that :)

03 Apr 2014
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25 Mar 2014

Sorry for the multiple posts, apparently I can't rate it then comment without it automatically submitting my rating.
Anyways, love it so far, thank you!

I'm trying to resolve 2 odd issues. First, the negative signs on my axes tick labels show up as empty boxes when I open the pdf in Adobe Reader, which makes me think there is a missing font package etc. in my Adobe install; however, when I open the pdf in Ghostscript there is no symbol at all (minus sign or empty box), just the number on each axis tick. I'm using Adobe Reader XI which came installed on a new Dell PC (< 6 mos. old), and I just downloaded Ghostscript 9.10 today.

Second issue is that when I export as a png or tiff the code seems to shift text boxes around; i.e. my axis labels and an additional text box I added to the figure are in different locations than I explicitly set in the code and how they appear in the MATLAB figure (R2011a Student Version).

24 Mar 2014
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12 Mar 2014

Solve my problem puzzled me for a long time, because I can't print *.jpeg files as the figures, and I used to copy *.fig files to another Windows computer to finish printing wanted picutres.
When I get this function, Matlab under Linux is becoming more amazing!

Thank you very much!

06 Mar 2014
24 Feb 2014
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13 Feb 2014

The output is beautiful, thank you very much for taking the time to make this.

10 Feb 2014
03 Feb 2014

Must-have for everyone! Superb figure quality! For Mac users, ghostscript can be installed as a component of the MacTeX-Additions package at http://tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html.

03 Feb 2014
03 Feb 2014
01 Feb 2014

pdftops.exe is not running on my system. i have a windows 8 operating system... someone please help..

23 Jan 2014

This is a great function!
After changing to another linux mint 15 (MATE) from Fedora 18 I get the error message bellow. Do anyone of you have an idea of how to fix it? I tried the fix of Jannik from June 26 2013 without any luck...

Error using eps2pdf (line 107)
Error: /undefined in /findfont
Operand stack:
120 Helvetica ISOLatin1Encoding Helvetica Helvetica
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval--
--nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1916 1 3 %oparray_pop 1915 1 3 %oparray_pop
--nostringval-- 1899 1 3 %oparray_pop 1787 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2
--nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 1868
5 5 %oparray_pop
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1179/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:82/200(L)-- --dict:97/160(L)-- --dict:8/95(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 7052
GPL Ghostscript 9.07: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Error in export_fig (line 406)
eps2pdf(tmp_nam, pdf_nam, 1, options.append, options.colourspace==2, options.quality);

23 Jan 2014
20 Jan 2014

After having some troubles in Linux Matlab to create nice figures for Libreoffice, this tooling works perfectly!

thumbs up!

15 Jan 2014

Jonne: There is no known issue with thick lines. For example,
>> plot(rand(3), 'LineWidth', 4);
>> export_fig test -png -pdf
works as expected on my PC.

15 Jan 2014

Thank you for this function. I use it alot.

Currently I am trying to use it for an plot which contains line plots with 'LineWidth'> 2. The problem is that 'export_fig' won't export lines with fatter lines.

I am wondering if this is a known problem and if there are any solutions to that?

14 Jan 2014

I use this script in conjunction with your files to produce graph for journal paper. Excellent work, thank you!

%% Resize graph
w = 0.5;h = 0.5; % this is good for double column format
f=gcf;undock(f)
w=round(w*1050);h=round(h*500);
size=[0 0 w h];
set(f,'Units','pixels','Position',size);

%% Printing
r=300;
[name, path] = uiputfile({'*.pdf','PDF';'*.eps','Vector based .eps';'*.jpg;*.tif;*.png;*.gif','All Image Files';'*.*','All Files' },'Save Image','/Users/Eric/Dropbox/Reports/');
export_fig(fullfile(path,name),f,'-a1',['-r',num2str(r)]);%, '-grey','-nocrop'

14 Jan 2014

Excellent work!

09 Jan 2014

Edison: Set the figure width to 17.3cm, and set the output dpi using the -r300 option in the call to export_fig. If that figure is still too large for your screen, then halve the figure size and double the resolution. If you want the tiff width to say 17.3cm in this case then output the bitmap as an argument from export_fig, and save it yourself using imwrite (setting the 'Resolution' option to 300).

09 Jan 2014

An essential addition to MATLAB, they should include this as standard in future releases. Great.

One question: does export_fig always use the dimensions of the onscreen figure as a guide? For example, I want to export my figure as a TIFF at 300dpi, with a width of 17.3cm. This equates to an image 2049 pixels wide, and this will not fit on my screen. Thanks for the help.

02 Jan 2014

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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14 Dec 2013

Thank you for a great program. It perfectly reproduces complex 2D figures that I could not accurately reproduce using any other method.

12 Dec 2013
11 Dec 2013

First of all: many thanks for an amazing tool and all the work you have put in it. It is very much appreciated.

I do have, however, a small question:
I'm trying to export a plot of a uniform distribution between, say, a and b, to the .png format. This obviously means that the function is zero for values lower than a and higher than b. In that case, the function gets overlapped by the axis and is therefore not visible in the exported .png. It is in the MatLab figure. Am I missing something or is there a fix for this? Thanks in advance

10 Dec 2013

I got it fixed, code works great!!
When I set the background transparent the part inside the graph remains white, while the sections outside the axis become transparent, any tips?

Regards,

Jaap

10 Dec 2013

Jaap: sounds like you're shadowing MATLAB's print() with another function of the same name.

10 Dec 2013

Error using print
Too many input arguments.

10 Dec 2013

I am really looking forward to using this code but I keep getting the following error...

export_fig 'test.jpg'

Error in print2array (line 140)
print(fig, renderer, res_str, '-dtiff', tmp_nam);

Any help would be apreciated.

Regards, Jaap

07 Dec 2013
01 Dec 2013

you just saved my thesis…

29 Nov 2013
24 Nov 2013

good

22 Nov 2013

Amazing, but it does not work with transparent surf plots for eps or pdf files.

20 Nov 2013

Thanks a lot Johannes for the Mac OSX dylib fix!

19 Nov 2013

19 Nov 2013
29 Oct 2013

A very useful tool, thanks.

28 Oct 2013
24 Oct 2013

Bugfix for Mac: https://gist.github.com/ahojnnes/7132839

23 Oct 2013

Long time user of export_fig here. great function -- thanks!

New machine today. 64 bit Windows 8.1, MATLAB 2013B. Latest installation of Ghoscript (9.1) put onto the machine.

A problem occurs with the function ghostscript.m

On executing the code in this m file: check_gs_path(path) a zero is returned.

This causes the software to ask where the location of the ghostscript executable is -- i point it to the correct dir and it fails to find it.

Thus I have had to hard code in

path = 'C:\Program Files\gs\gs9.10\bin\gswin64c.exe';

before check_gs_path(path) is called, which works.

What's going on?

Thanks

22 Oct 2013

Many thanks. Before find this I was wasting so much time copying the images and then trimming

21 Oct 2013

great, did it whereas matlab could not =) thanks

16 Oct 2013

Hi, Oliver,
How can I use it to export .emf files? Is it possible ?

13 Oct 2013

I used export_fig in a GUI. Anyone who wishes to create a button that saves specific figures to specific locations on their PC, feel free to use the code below (where PLOTTAG is the plot's tag in plot properties):

[file,path] = uiputfile({'*.eps';'*.pdf';'*.png';'*.jpg'},'Save Figure As');

if file ~= 0
%Gets the size of the file name
[empty,filechar]=size(file);
%Deletes the file type from teh end of the file name and stores it
filetype(3) = file(filechar);
filetype(2) = file(filechar-1);
filetype(1) = file(filechar-2);
file(filechar) = [];
file(filechar-1) = [];
file(filechar-2) = [];
file(filechar-3) = [];

%Runs the export_fig command with the path and file name, along with the
%filetype
export_fig(findobj('Tag','PLOTTAG'),[path,file],['-',filetype]);

%Message box
h = msgbox({'Done!';'';...
['The file ',file,'.',filetype,' can be found in:'];path},...
'Save Figure File','none','modal');
elseif isempty(file) == 0
h = msgbox('Not saved.',...
'Save Figure File','none','modal');
end

07 Oct 2013

I am using figures with contour lines, thus my figures are: axes > contourgroup > patch objects.

In my exported images, I was getting the axes with all text label objects but no lines.

I had to change line 97 in isolate_axes.m from allchild() to findall() as a fix. I don't know if this breaks anything but it shouldn't as findall just finds all objects lower in the hierarchy than the one passed in, which is the axes handle in this case. I was losing the patch objects that make up the figure as allchild() was only returning the objects at the first level under the axes.

Will

06 Oct 2013

Great!

BTW, how to set the resolution?

02 Oct 2013

I got this warning using export_fig(axes_handle):

Warning: Callback for uicontrol of style radiobutton will be overwritten when added to a UIBUTTONGROUP.
Use the SelectionChangeFcn property on the button group instead.
In copyfig at 25
In isolate_axes at 52
In export_fig at 181

30 Sep 2013

Hi Oliver and all,

I used your script quite a lot to make png's. For some reason I get different output ratios, depending on the x and ylabel? (Which is driving me crazy...) I am not sure what I am doing wrong. The effect does not appear with the Matlab print function... but the png is as expected not as nice. Anyone an idea?

30 Sep 2013
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18 Sep 2013

Worked perfect! Very easy to use. Make sure you close the pdf file you are writing to or you will get a GS error.

17 Sep 2013

Sanka: I suspect this has nothing to do with export_fig and everything to do with the software you're using to view the eps file.

Lennart: You can set the default background color for MATLAB figures, outside of export_fig. There is no 'transparent' option, but the help text does mention a '-transparent' option.

17 Sep 2013

Great tool!
However, I wish to export to a pdf with a white background. Then I have to do 'set(gcf, 'Color', 'w');' every time. Is there a permanent setting or a parameter that can be set?
This does not seem to work: export_fig(fig_handle,'figure.pdf', 'transparent' )

17 Sep 2013
16 Sep 2013

Hi Oliver,

Great file, really should come as standard with MATLAB! Just one issue I am having when exporting to .eps format. All text in the figure (axes numbers and legend text) are being outputted in bold. This is not the case for every other file format such as pdf or tiff, where the figure appears exactly as it does on screen. Any idea why this is happening specifically to eps??

Thanks

12 Sep 2013
12 Sep 2013

I just started using this. I mostly only use HG2.
I get the following error when I try to run your example code for creating a .pdf, with HG2.

B = randn(ceil(size(A, 1)/6), ceil(size(A, 2)/6), 3) * 0.1;
B = cat(3, kron(B(:,:,1), ones(6)), kron(B(:,:,2), ones(6)), kron(B(:,:,3), ones(6)));
B = A + B(1:size(A, 1),1:size(A, 2),:);
imshow(B)
>> export_fig test.pdf
Error using eps2pdf (line 107)
Error: /undefined in bdef
Operand stack:
dom --nostringval--
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push
--nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1932 1 3
%oparray_pop 1931 1 3 %oparray_pop 1915 1 3 %oparray_pop 1803 1 3 %oparray_pop
--nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2
%stopped_push --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1190/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:77/200(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 64
GPL Ghostscript 9.10: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Error in export_fig (line 431)
eps2pdf(tmp_nam, pdf_nam, 1, options.append, options.colourspace==2, options.quality);

I do not get this error when I am not using HG2, but it would take awhile for me to convert everything back from HG2. Do you have any ideas how to fix the problem?

(Note, laprint also doesn't seem to work with HG2. So, this could be a problem with HG2 and not have anything to do with your files.)

09 Sep 2013

David: The grid lines are the width specified (by setting the axes line width), but the segments are shorter (there's no option to change this). Try using thicker grid lines.

09 Sep 2013

Excellent work, many thanks! Question though, I'm finding that when printing, the only objects not reproduced "as shown" are the gridlines. The output gridlines are much fainter and barely visible. Any way to address this? Thanks!

09 Sep 2013
08 Sep 2013
07 Sep 2013

max, does it work if you try:

export_fig('/Users/maxnorris/Desktop/test.png',H);
or:
export_fig('/Users/maxnorris/Desktop/test','-png',H);

?

05 Sep 2013

Oliver,

I have just downloaded your code and it seems to be receiving great reviews. I can't seem to get it to work though... All i want to do is to save a figure window to my desktop.

I have a figure that is displaying an image. How would I use export_fig to save this figure under the name 'test' in png format?

This is what I am seeing: (H is set to be the figure handle)

>>export_fig('/Users/maxnorris/Desktop/test','png',H)
Error using print
Too many input arguments.

Error in print2array (line 140)
print(fig, renderer, res_str, '-dtiff', tmp_nam);

Error in export_fig (line 334)
[A, tcol] = print2array(fig, magnify, renderer);

30 Aug 2013

Awesome work!! It is so much better than the Matlab default export system. Thank you very much for creating this great function for us.

23 Aug 2013
23 Aug 2013

I said I am using "uicomponent" for my GUI.

Actually, I am using " "GUI Layout Toolbox".

I am sorry for the misinforming.

23 Aug 2013

I realised something:

I am using "uicomponent" for my GUI.
After giving "print" command (export_fig),my GUI changes.

What changes exactly?

1) All "uiextras.Empty" objects seem to vanish.

2) Legend in the axes becomes uneditable.

For now, this is what I observed.

21 Aug 2013

This seems to be a great app, thx!

I have a question/problem:

I designed a GUI using uicomponent.m from file exchange. Left part is for controls, right part is for axes.

When I try to export the image of this axes, two different things happen for bitmap and vector formats. 1) For pdf, it gives me only the axes, and this is what I want, but 2) For png or jpg, it also gives me the empty area behind the control buttons on the left side of the axes.

I want a bitmap image with only the axes. Nothing more.

Can you help me, please, Oliver?

18 Aug 2013

Hi Oliver,
Let me add my voiceto the chorus: "Fantastic work!" :)

Now, I notice one thing you change is the grid lines to "- Improved line and grid line styles"
Which in my plot have been "No grid lines"

It would be nice to have the option of keeping the grid lines as shown, and keep your "Improved line and grid lines" as default

I looked into the code but couldn't figure where you're not adding the grid lines to the pdf

Will you create such an option (keep grid lines)? Will you tell me how?

Cheers!

15 Aug 2013

Wonderful performance with fast help from Oliver as if online talk! Save memory and run-time with '-a1' option while keeping quality as plotted, applying it as follows:
set(gcf,'color','w')
export_fig(filename,'-png','-a1','-nocrop')

15 Aug 2013

Tim: You're missing the -nocrop option.

14 Aug 2013

Terrific function, but I am unclear on one thing. I wish to create a little booklet of figures where the page size and axis locations are precisely defined. e.g.
h = figure;
set(h,'units','inches','position',[0 0 8.5 11]);

plot(x,y);
set(gca,'Position',[0.2, 0.2, 0.6, 0.6];

Using 'print', my printed figure is placed exactly where I want within the page I want (albeit with stupid matlab problems). With 'export_fig' however, the output is *only* of the figure. The figure is not within a page.

What am I missing?

Thanks.

14 Aug 2013
12 Aug 2013

finally... Fantastic, thanks!

06 Aug 2013

Great package. You can safely detect Ghostscript under Windows by reading the registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Artifex\GPL Ghostscript" (if 64bit) or "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Artifex\GPL Ghostscript" (if 32bit).

Use Matlab's winqueryreg() function or execute "reg" via system() to read the Windows registry.

Keep up the good work!

06 Aug 2013

Great tool. Exactly what I am looking for.

Q: when I export 1080p pic, it gives me a 1921x1081 pic in the saved jpeg. Any thought? Thanks

06 Aug 2013

powerful and easy to use. Png output is fine for transparent patches if you set the resolution at a decent level.

25 Jul 2013
25 Jul 2013
23 Jul 2013
11 Jul 2013

Dear Oliver,
thank you for this helpful function. In general, it workds fine. But when there are more than one font types are not in the matlab_fonts list, the function will give error :
Error in print2eps (line 97)
font_swap{3,a} = fonts{font_swap{1,end}(1)};

it seems that the equation should be:
font_swap{3,a} = fonts{font_swap{1,a}(1)};

BTW, do you know how to use font types which are not in matlab_fonts list, e.x. Garamond, Palatino Linotype?

thank you.
George

08 Jul 2013

Igor: You cannot specify the screen resolution in a call to export_fig. However, you can specify your figure size in units that are independent of pixel pitch, such as 'cm'. I suggest you try that.

08 Jul 2013

Great script.
A question: how can I specify screen resolution while saving figure as .eps?
At the moment, the use of print2eps for the same figure gives different results (different scales) on computers with different screen resolutions (Matlab 2012a x64, Win7 x64 on both of them).

03 Jul 2013
03 Jul 2013
27 Jun 2013

Jannik fix works for the Issue I had (reported on 18 Jun 2013) using ubuntu 13.04 running Matlab R2012b.

Thanks Jannik. Really helped me out.

26 Jun 2013

I also get a ghostscript error:

Error: /undefined in --definefont--
Operand stack:
mwa_cmmi10 --dict:11/20(L)-- Font definefont --dict:30/32(L)-- unknownerror
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2
%stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1
%stopped_push 1900 1 3 %oparray_pop 1899 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval--
1883 1 3 %oparray_pop 1771 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval--
%errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2
%stopped_push --nostringval-- 1762 2 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval--
--nostringval-- 1850 2 4 %oparray_pop --nostringval--
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1173/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:82/200(L)--
--dict:1173/1684(ro)(G)--
Current allocation mode is local
Last OS error: No such file or directory
GPL Ghostscript 9.07: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

when using export_fig with Matlab 2013a and ArchLinux.
I solved this issue by clearing the LD_LIBRARY_PATH enviroment variable before executing gs by replacing

system(sprintf('"%s" %s', gs_path, cmd));

with

system(sprintf('export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=""; "%s" %s', gs_path, cmd));

in the ghostscript.m file. Maybe this will help in case of other ghostscript issues as well.

24 Jun 2013

Brilliant script. Some much time is saved by avoiding the post-processing I used to do to get publication quality figures/images.

18 Jun 2013

Great script but I updated my linux machine and now I am getting the following error. Any Ideas??

Error: /undefined in /findfont
Operand stack:
120 Helvetica ISOLatin1Encoding Helvetica Helvetica
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1916 1 3 %oparray_pop 1915 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- 1899 1 3 %oparray_pop 1787 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 1868 5 5 %oparray_pop
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1180/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:82/200(L)-- --dict:97/160(L)-- --dict:9/85(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 10662
GPL Ghostscript 9.07: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Error in print2array (line 95)

Error in export_fig (line 327)
[A tcol] = print2array(fig, magnify, renderer);

14 Jun 2013

Nicky: That's difficult to fix in export_fig. However, a workaround is to draw the grid lines or the axis bounding box manually to be able to get the desired ordering.

14 Jun 2013

I want to export a figure to a .png and I want my linetypes and gridlines to be scaled correctly, so I've got to use the 'painters' renderer. The axis border ('box') is exported under the plot which means it gets covered by the plotted points. This does not happen with the default renderer.
If I change the axes layer to 'top' then the border comes to the top but so do the gridlines. Is there a way of having only the axes border at the top but not the gridlines?

Thanks for the script Oliver... been using it for a long time now and it fills a big gap in MATLAB.

13 Jun 2013

Very useful

13 Jun 2013

m_user: You can export a particular axes in a figure just by passing in a handle, but there is no support for rendering just part of an axes - I do not intend to implement this either. I suggest you use the newsgroup or Answers to find out the many other ways in which you might achieve what you want.

12 Jun 2013

Hi Oliver, "short" question: I built a GUI with a handles.axes in which a greyscale image is in the background and a colored, semitransparent image is in the foreground. Now I want to save this overlayed image but I have no variable which "points" to that overlay (so I can't write export_fig Test.fig). Is there another way (e.g. write export_fig gca..) to reference on the handles.axes? thanks in advance..

09 Jun 2013

Thanks Oliver.i am a beginner at programming.your function is great.

07 Jun 2013

Derek: The current version fixes this.

Anthi: In the example export_fig('C:/Users/Me/Documents/figures/myfig'), "myfig" IS the name.

07 Jun 2013

After upgrading to 2013a, I get an error when using export_fig to save a .png with a transparent background. It works fine in 2012a. Perhaps Matlab changed something about writepng in 2013a? Has anyone found a work around for this? Is there an updated version of export_fig that can save a .png with a transparent background in 2013a?

export_fig CouplingEfficiency.png -transparent -native
Error using writepng (line 78)
Argument 'alpha' failed validation with error:
Expected input to be one of these types:

double, uint8, uint16

Error in imwrite (line 473)
feval(fmt_s.write, data, map, filename, paramPairs{:});

Error in export_fig (line 281)
imwrite(A, [options.name '.png'], 'Alpha', alpha, 'ResolutionUnit', 'meter', 'XResolution',
res, 'YResolution', res);

04 Jun 2013
04 Jun 2013
03 Jun 2013

Great functions!Thanks Oliver.
i have a question.How can i export to a specific directory with a specific name?

For a name :
>> export_fig Alex

For a directory:

>>export_fig('C:/Users/Me/Documents/figures/myfig')

but how can i combine them?

30 May 2013
30 May 2013
22 May 2013

Awesome script! Works perfectly under Windows, but I have trouble to make it work with my Linux installation.
Here is the error returned:

Error using eps2pdf (line 107)
gs: /usr/local/share/matlab/R2013a/bin/glnxa64/libtiff.so.5: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libgs.so.9)
Error: /undefined in /findfont
Operand stack:
96 Helvetica ISOLatin1Encoding Helvetica Helvetica
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval--
--nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1916 1 3 %oparray_pop 1915 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- 1899 1 3
%oparray_pop 1787 1 3 %oparray_pop --nostringval-- %errorexec_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval--
--nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 1868 5 5 %oparray_pop
Dictionary stack:
--dict:1179/1684(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:82/200(L)-- --dict:97/160(L)-- --dict:8/89(L)--
Current allocation mode is local
Current file position is 7119
GPL Ghostscript 9.07: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

What is happening?

16 May 2013
11 May 2013

arnold: I didn't. Please don't take my suggestion the wrong way :). Try ConvertPlot4Publication.

10 May 2013

Please don't get it the wrong way :)
I'll create a script of my own combining it with 'fig' for instance.
I only meant well, your script is great as it is ;)

10 May 2013

arnold: The goal of export_fig is to export what is on screen. By all means write a script that makes your figure the right size, have the correct line widths, fonts, etc., then calls export_fig with the correct resolution. Or use one of the several submissions that already do this.

10 May 2013

Hi,
I've got another proposition: rescale figure

To make 'export_fig' even more useful for publications it'd be awesome if you added the possibility to rescale the figure to a certain size.
example:

export_fig 'test.png' -w5 -h4 -r300

This would set the width to 5" and the height to 4" and then export at 300dpi.
For us non-americans it'd be great if you added size in metric units [cm] as well.

export_fig 'test.png' -wm5 -hm4 -r300

would then set the width to 5cm etc.

08 May 2013
07 May 2013

IMO this should be built in into matlab releases.

04 May 2013
02 May 2013

Hello Oliver, I have noticed that cropping does not always happen for a figure with an array of, say, 5 by 5 subplots. It leaves the margins on the left, top, and right sides of a figure as they are while cropping out the bottom margin. How should I address this? Thanks a lot!

19 Apr 2013

Great set of functions! May I propose an improvement of "eps2pdf" ?
I had to add this at line 54 (after crop cmd) in order to modify the final pdf orientation:

options = [options ' -dEPSCrop -c "<</Orientation 3>> setpagedevice"'];

Maybe the orientation could be given as an input argument?

For information:
* -c "<</Orientation 3>> setpagedevice" -- sets landscape orientation;
* -c "<</Orientation 0>> setpagedevice" -- sets portrait orientation;
* -c "<</Orientation 2>> setpagedevice" -- sets upside down orientation;
* -c "<</Orientation 1>> setpagedevice" -- sets seascape orientation.

19 Apr 2013
19 Apr 2013
12 Apr 2013

latex formulas are distorted/upscaled and displayed incorrectly, but they appear right in the actual figure.

example:
======================
text(xpos,ypos,'$$\frac{\alpha}{\sqrt{2}}\cdot', num2str(1e5),'s$$','HorizontalAlignment', 'left', 'BackgroundColor', [.7 .9 .7], 'interpreter','latex');
======================
it looks right in the figure yet, when export_fig is used, the output image (of whatever kind) shows:

- latex formula is scaled up = bigger
- background of formula doesn't fir anymore (because it's not scaled)
- latex formula is buggy, the '2' is upscaled, yet the square root is not

Maybe you can get around to implementing this as well. Makes it a bit useless for me since I usually have to have formulas in my legends or annotations.

10 Apr 2013

Michael: Note that export_fig does not transparency in patch objects in vector formats. Only a transparent background is supported.

10 Apr 2013

I would love to use this tool to export vectorized eps with transparency, unfortunately I am running a Mac and I seem to require pdftops. I get this error message: "Pdftops not found. Please locate the program, or install xpdf-tools from http://users.phg-online.de/tk/MOSXS/"

10 Apr 2013

Use this submission daily. Should be incorporated in Matlab!

28 Mar 2013

Great! It provides what I need!

15 Mar 2013
14 Mar 2013

nice job!

Do you think you could add the ability to change all fonts in the figure to a certain one? Would be really useful when exporting figures for publications that use a certain font, to keep a consistent look.

13 Mar 2013
09 Mar 2013

Sorry. my fault. problem solver. Export_fig working perfectly:)

08 Mar 2013

Hi!!
Very nice tool! However I am having a problem that couldn't solve so far...and it is driving me a bit crazy. Export_fig is changing the sizing of my figures so that the aspect ratio is altered! Could someone tell me why or how to avoid it? I need to print it exactly with the size it is defined,

Thanks

02 Mar 2013
25 Feb 2013

great work!
but I found something wrong:
scatter(rand(10,1),rand(10,1),50);
export_fig('1.png',gca)
and the axes in 1.png is empty.
the matlab function allchild can't find the children of a handle whose type is 'hggroup'(e.g. scatter hggroup).
I modified the allchildren function in isolate_axes.m：
function ah = allchildren(ah)
ah = allchild(ah);
if iscell(ah)
ah = cell2mat(ah);
end
ah = ah(:);
for i = 1:numel(ah)
if strcmp(get(ah(i),'type'),'hggroup')
t =allchildren(ah(i));
ah(end+1:end+numel(t)) = t;
end
end
return
and it worked.

25 Feb 2013
23 Feb 2013

Hi, Oliver,
I had played around with the relevant commands to copy figures as high-resolution bitmaps, using the undocumented "hardcopy" function suggested by TMW staff
e.g. hardcopy(hF_StatsAVI, '-Dopengl', '-r100')
In comparison, your function is more convenient to use, and much better documented.

I am using it to save out PNG files with either whigte or transparent figure background. However, I was baffled when running the same commands which had been succesful previously began outputting images with black backgrounds, despite my setting
set(gcf, 'color','white');
The problem seems to be that it is necessary to _manually_ select "Use figure color" in the "Copy Options" dialogue box, under "Edit" from the figure's menu bar.
I would normally want to produce a metafile with "Transparent background" when _copying_ the figure, except for some recalcitrant plots; hence, I don't usually have "Use figure color" selected.
I thought it might be possible to toggle this programatically, but the command
set(gcf, 'InvertHardCopy', 'off');
was not effective.

Anyway, these issues seem to point to flaws in MATLAB, rather than in your code.

~~~~~

By the way
set(gcf, 'color','none');
is generates this message:
"Warning: Setting the ColorSpec to 'none' for a figure will not be allowed in a future release."
It still works at the moment, and personally I would rather it continued to work. I hope it is replaced by an alternative, and not just removed.

—DIV

18 Feb 2013

In case anyone cares: solved my problem by writing '\circ' instead of '°'. Exports fine now :)

14 Feb 2013

I like and use this a lot, thanks for the submission!
However, the degree symbol (°), which is part of the axis label on one of my plots, does not appear in the vectorized PDF. Is this a known issue? Are there any suggestions on how to deal with it?
Found a similar issue here: http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/mediawiki/index.php/Matlab/Octave_scripts#Incomplete_satellite_images
Maybe they are related...

11 Feb 2013

Outstanding!

10 Feb 2013
08 Feb 2013
04 Feb 2013

Great thing, absolutely musthave! Use it a lot.

I would also like to report a minor, although sometimes very annoying, bag:
when used with zbuffer, anti-aliasing does not work well with LaTeX text, corrupting it and changing its size and shape. To see this, try to export some figure with both 3D-surfaces and some LaTeX-rendered labels ("export test.tiff -a2 -zbuffer;"). It would be great if this can be fixed!

28 Jan 2013

Great piece of software. A must-have for scientific publishing!

28 Jan 2013

thx very much. very useful and enlightening!

18 Jan 2013

A must have for scientific researchers!

09 Jan 2013
05 Jan 2013

export_fig did exactly what I needed.

I had to change the file user_string.m though, because it failed to write the settings. MATLAB said "error: Error using ==> fwrite: Invalid precision.", so I replaced fwrite with fprintf.

The correction can be found here.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/g139kxk08845qxa/user_string.m

20 Dec 2012

Oubeid,

if you read all the description above you will discover the following lines towards the end:
"Usage examples can be found at:

If you follow Oliver’s link with the examples you will find towards the end of the page the example below, which exactly provides what you would like to do:

Variable file names:

for a = 1:5
plot(rand(5, 2));
export_fig(sprintf('plot%d.png', a));
end

Good luck!

19 Dec 2012

Thanks for sharing this useful program.
A quick question:
I am saving multiple figures with different name in for loop. Is it possible to use a name that is dynamically created depending on the value of the loop iteration like ['name' int2str(i)] -jpg ?

Thanks

Oubeid

12 Dec 2012

Oliver, you are possibly correct. I may have made the change in an earlier version to let my cygwin install work with it (and then forgotten about it). Thanks for incorporating the change. That will make it work well with cygwin.

12 Dec 2012

Ratish: The code was never previously as you say it was. However, I will implement the change you suggest.

michael: It's currently unsupported. I'll look into implementing it.

08 Dec 2012

Sir,
Really nice function, nice job !!

I'm trying to export an uipanel which contains multiples plots/ axes. Your function can only pass handle or axes. Is there any way to pass a uipanel ?

regards,

Michael

07 Dec 2012
26 Nov 2012

In ghostscript.m, the following line
if ispc
bin = {'gswin32c.exe','gswin64c.exe', 'gs'};
else ...

got changed to
if ispc
bin = 'gswin32c.exe','gswin64c.exe'};
else ...

That stopped export_fig from being able to use the ghostscript packaged with cygwin on windows.
Restoring 'gs' to the array fixes this.

26 Nov 2012

Hi, i would like to read a grd file of gridgen software using matlab.Thanks!

21 Nov 2012
20 Nov 2012
13 Nov 2012

2Aleg: try to use
orient portrait
before export_fig. It helps for me but I can't test your code now.

13 Nov 2012

Aleg: The second sentence of the file description reads "Figure/axes reproduced as it appears on screen". Also there is no mention of a 'PaperOrientation' option in the ample help text.

13 Nov 2012

I try to create a pdf file with a figure and it always creates file landscape orientation. No matter what parameters I put in place. Code example:

figure('PaperSize',[20.98404194812 29.67743169791]);
plot(AvgIndustryLP(1:end,1),'-g');
set(gcf, 'Color', 'w');
export_fig ('PaperOrientation','portrait','test.pdf')

Does any one know how to define paper orientation for pdfs in export_fig?

Thanks

09 Nov 2012

For some reason, explicitly specifying the -r150 option fixed the issue. However since export_fig does not pass the -r argument when generating an eps file, I modified it by adding code around line 401 as follows:
p2eArgs = {renderer};
if options.magnify ~= 1
p2eArgs = [p2eArgs {['-r',num2str(options.magnify*get(0, 'ScreenPixelsPerInch'))]}];
end

Of course this fixed only my issue and probably needs to be verified.

This is strange since "print" uses -r150 by default according to the documentation.

Thanks for the great script!

08 Nov 2012

Great work!!
Just one issue.
I am also using addTopXAxis.m (File ID: #9046) to add a second x axis with a label on top of the plot.
When I use your script to save to a PDF file, the second x label is not printed.
Any hints as to why this is happening and how to to correct it?

06 Nov 2012
02 Nov 2012
25 Oct 2012
25 Oct 2012

YEAH! Best submission ever on the fileexchange! It made my day and saved me from jumping off a bridge while trying to finish my phd thesis!
This seems to be the *only* way to export figures in a reasonable resolution without *very strange* gridlines. The author did an excellent work which the people on mathwork have somehow missed over many years!

22 Oct 2012
17 Oct 2012

Indispensible tool!! I do have one issue with saving vector figures that have overlaid lines. The white lines turn a dark blue when I save to pdf or eps (but not png). The code below demonstrates:

figure
imagesc(peaks(128))
hold on
plot(1:128, 1:128, '-w', 'linewidth', 2)
hold off
export_fig('-painters', '-r600', '-q101', 'test.pdf')

16 Oct 2012
16 Oct 2012
13 Oct 2012

Great script, thanks for your work!

05 Oct 2012

A wonderful file. This is so much better than the native matlab functions! Now I can finally print figures for publications without a whole lot of re-editing and tweaking to make them look just right.

03 Oct 2012
29 Sep 2012
26 Sep 2012
24 Sep 2012

Thanks to this utility, now I can export my images on background with native resolution! Thanks a lot!

24 Sep 2012

Thanks to this utility, now I can export my images on background with native resolution! Thanks a lot!

18 Sep 2012
18 Sep 2012
16 Sep 2012
12 Sep 2012

This function is a life saver. I now use it for every publication ready figure as the output is exactly as I see it in MATLAB and sometimes even better!

Thank you.

10 Sep 2012

Is there a way to include a URL in a PDF file from export_fig that will work as an active hyperlink in the resulting PDF file?

07 Sep 2012

Great Job and great function. !
Is there a way to export in pdf/eps with the -transparent option but without the painters renderer?

27 Aug 2012

Found the solution of my question ans extra help in:

27 Aug 2012

Good job! Something that finaly works as I expected. Thanks!

10 Aug 2012

This package is perfect for exporting figures.
However, I have one issue.
How can I export several pictures ?
Because whatever I put after "export_fig" will turn into a string, so I cannot include a name that increases with one variable.

Can anyone point me a solution ?

Thank you very much.

10 Aug 2012
08 Aug 2012

I found the pdf figures (4-panel pcolor plots) that export_fig creates on a linux box are rendered very slowly in Preview on my macbook pro (mac os x snow leopard). Does anyone encounter a similar issue? I wonder what's the cause of the problem. The pdf figures are not particularly large (about 5 MB each). Thanks.

08 Aug 2012
01 Aug 2012
24 Jul 2012

Hello Oliver,

I have an image that is 40 x 40 pixels. In the matlab figure window, the pixels are crisply separated from one another, but I can't get your code to export a pdf with the pixels cleanly separate. Do you have any suggestions for how to save the figure exactly as it is in the matlab figure window? To see what I mean, try:

figure
imagesc(peaks(40))
export_fig('test.pdf','-q1000')

23 Jul 2012
22 Jul 2012

Thanks! great work
http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/feedbacks/new?id=23629&rating=5&stamp=1342975977work

18 Jul 2012

Impressively efficient.
However, it doesn't export changes of line width for transparent patches, even in png.

Thanks

18 Jul 2012

Well done - robust, continually updated and works great!

16 Jul 2012

Pavel: set the figure size to the size of output you want, e.g. 3x4 inches. Then specify the output resolution you want in the call to export_fig. Simple.

15 Jul 2012

I see that the pixel size or size in inches of the produced question has been a subject of discussion. What's the status as of 7/2012? I find that no matter what I try, my PNG comes out the same size (in inches). Then, if I scale it down afterwards, line art and text get affected.

The desired behavior for me is as follows: I get to specify the size (e.g. 3"x4") and the resolution (e.g. 200 dpi). The text size is adjusted so that, proportionally, it looks the same as in the figure. Same for the thickness of line art. However, the higher the resolution, the higher the quality of lines (by affecting the aliasing, I suppose).

Is this achievable? I'm willing to go into the code and modify it.

Thank you for this great script.

15 Jul 2012

I see that the pixel size or size in inches of the produced question has been a subject of discussion. What's the status as of 7/2012? I find that no matter what I try, my PNG comes out the same size (in inches). Then, if I scale it down afterwards, line art and text get affected.

The desired behavior for me is as follows: I get to specify the size (e.g. 3"x4") and the resolution (e.g. 200 dpi). The text size is adjusted so that, proportionally, it looks the same as in the figure. Same for the thickness of line art. However, the higher the resolution, the higher the quality of lines (by affecting the aliasing, I suppose).

Is this achievable? I'm willing to go into the code and modify it.

Thank you for this great script.

14 Jul 2012

Works as expected first try.

13 Jul 2012

Very helpful! But it didn't crop properly when my ylabel was longer than they y axis.

05 Jul 2012

Fantastic. I've been using this for several years, and it works perfectly. What you see on the screen is what you get in your exported figure.

Why Mathworks can't develop and implement something that works this well is a mystery to me. I guess as long as you'll do it for free, they don't have to...

Many Thanks

03 Jul 2012

very helpful set of codes! Super well documentation and ease of use. Thanks.

21 Jun 2012

I've a semi-transparent surface (triangulated patch data and the renderer is opengl) with curves on it (plot3 lines). When I use:
export_fig('temp.png','-r100');
to create the figure the lines get thinner with respect to the image content as a function of the resolution. Increasing line width does not seem to have an effect. Is there a way to fix/set line thickness?

Thanks

20 Jun 2012

Hi,

when I save a figure in png a gray border appears, how can I avoid this?

Thank you

15 Jun 2012

Best package out there to save vector graphics. Highly recommended!

31 May 2012
24 May 2012

Was having trouble saving figures in high resolution, since there seem to be no inbuilt functions that allow this. This user-created function was great. I have an enquiry on the '-native' option of export_fig. Seems like one must specify the desired high resolution himself.

22 May 2012

good job

08 May 2012
08 May 2012

Thanks, works great. I've tried mat2pgf, mat2tikz, fig2texps, mlf2pdf, none worked with a complex figure I have. This works perfect.

07 May 2012

Thanks a lot for sharing that powerfull founction.

03 May 2012

Hi,

This is the first time off exchange I am trying to use.
I have copied the zip content into my current folder. It still prompts that it cannot find the functions. Even after again adding the path, it cannot find pdftops even though I see it in the directory.

As I need transparency, I cannot use painters or zbuffer. Should I expect quality improvement with this set of tools then?

In the meantime, how do I save a pdf of the figure only and not a page?

Cheers

25 Apr 2012

I am wondering if anyone has found a good technique for using export_fig to automatically paste figures into a word document. i use save2word often, but haven't figured out how to link the two up. Also, I must be doing something wrong with the resolution, so if anyone has a good example of how to get good resolution (for a .PNG maybe?) I would appreciate the advice.

22 Apr 2012

Hi,

This is the first time off exchange I am trying to use.
I have copied the zip content into my current folder. It still prompts that it cannot find the functions. Even after again adding the path, it cannot find pdftops even though I see it in the directory.

As I need transparency, I cannot use painters or zbuffer. Should I expect quality improvement with this set of tools then?

In the meantime, how do I save a pdf of the figure only and not a page?

Cheers

10 Apr 2012

none: Currently fontnames are case sensitive. Use 'Symbol'.

09 Apr 2012

hi oliver.

great bit of code. I have been using it for years.

I think I may have just found a bug though:

I am running MATLAB 2010B on win7 (64bit).

if you run:

figure;
T = 2048;
x=randn(1,T);
plot(x)
set(gca, 'YTick', [-1 0 1])
str2={'-p' ' 0' '+p'};
set(gca,'YTickLabel',str2,'fontname','symbol');
export_fig('D:\test', '-PDF');

you see that export_fig "unconverts" the symbol back to plain text and exports it as plain text.

can you comment on this?

I have also posted on the matlab site so others can see too.

best wishes

08 Apr 2012

Handy! One suggestion: if the output directory doesn't exist, offer to make it. I expected this because it already makes directories for the different file types.

04 Apr 2012

Great job.!!

29 Mar 2012
28 Mar 2012
28 Mar 2012

For a long time I've been frustrated that saving .fig's will result in (for some reason) 3D sized images that are not the same size as the original image! This function is awesome, thanks!

20 Mar 2012
18 Mar 2012

I like the transparency!!

09 Mar 2012

Thanks, Oliver. I've solved the problem by using colors from colormap. Thanks for surely the best submission. (Just found that I haven't rate it yet.)

08 Mar 2012

Yuri: Please, this is not the place for bug reports; see my comments on emailing me directly. I have added a note on this issue to the export_fig web page (link at the top).

08 Mar 2012

Oliver, I have a problem exporting bar-plot to PDF if I set the FaceVertexCData property. The output has no plot, only empty axes.

Here is a code example:
hx = bar(rand(10,1),'hist');
fvcd = zeros(10,3) + 0;
fvcd(1:5,:) = 0.5;
set(hx,'EdgeColor','none','FaceColor','flat','FaceVertexCData', fvcd)
export_fig test -pdf

06 Mar 2012

Very useful function. i found it especially useful for creating images for PowerPoint presentations which were small enough to be send by email.

05 Mar 2012
04 Mar 2012

Wow, this is incredible! Finally the long and arduous journey of finding a function that prints cropped vector quality figures is complete. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Cannot thank you enough man. Fantastic work, much appreciated.

01 Mar 2012

thanks a lot!

25 Feb 2012
25 Feb 2012

Great work!

24 Feb 2012

Excellent. This has worked wonders for my PowerPoint presentations.

18 Feb 2012
14 Feb 2012
09 Feb 2012

I've tested this for some patch graphics and pdf export. If I just use: export_fig test.pdf, Then for intersecting patch objects (without transparency)it sometimes places the wrong patch objects in front.

Other than that very nice.

03 Feb 2012
27 Jan 2012

Oliver was extremely helpful when I contacted him with a question. His page

27 Jan 2012

alexancer: Yes. I don't recommend exporting large patch-based objects to EPS. Better to create a resterized version (e.g. export to PNG) then embed in an EPS file using an external application.

27 Jan 2012

One problem is when I export eps file from a surface graph from thousands of data points. The size the exported file is very large, almost 40MB for each.

26 Jan 2012

wowwww...! Thanks a lot for this great share. Still a beginner here,, :),, and your codes are giving me a lot to learn.

Extremely useful.. Am sharing the links with frnds.. B)

19 Jan 2012

Kemal: MATLAB cannot save transparency using the painters algorithm, so transparency in eps cannot be supported in export_fig either. You can save vector graphics with transparency by exporting to svg (http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/7401), then convert to eps using an external program.

As for the bug, if you want me to look into it please follow my many requests and contact me directly.

19 Jan 2012

Needless to say the Matlab functions don't work.

19 Jan 2012

There are problems when exporting figures containing two transparent patches (using patch.m and setting 'facealpha' 0.7).

set(gca,'Color','none')
export_fig 'filename.png' -transparent

this results in a correct png-figure, however I need a higher resolution picture than the default. Using the following command

set(gca,'Color','none')
export_fig 'filename.png' -transparent -m2

the picture gets screwed up: weird misalignments in the upper half of the figure.
Is there a fix for this problem? Exporting a figure with transparent patches to png in high quality (if it would work for eps as well I'd be thrilled).

Thanks!

18 Jan 2012
17 Jan 2012
12 Jan 2012

Why on earth is this not part of matlab as default? Sort it out Mathworks people need this type of thing!

12 Jan 2012
01 Jan 2012

Works perfectly, thanks! Very powerful in combination with LaTeX annotated axes, title and legend, with export to PDF for use in XeTeX. More direct than other methods (e.g. laprint, PStricks, METAPOST, TikZ exports).

26 Dec 2011

v good!

23 Dec 2011

Very useful package to export beautiful figures.

20 Dec 2011
09 Dec 2011
08 Dec 2011

Very useful function.

07 Dec 2011

This is great.

Does anyone know how I can add bookmarks to a multi-page pdf file?

Thanks

07 Dec 2011

You are one of my favourite persons now. THANK YOU!!

07 Dec 2011
06 Dec 2011

This is my favorite FileExchange submission. Period. I've been using it for over a year, and can't imagine going back to the old way. Thanks, Oliver!

29 Nov 2011
27 Nov 2011

Hey Oliver,
thanks for that impressive tool. One problem/question:
I got a square axes in a 16:10 figure. Although I use
set(gcf, 'InvertHardcopy', 'off', 'Color', 'black')
the figure background (not axes bg) and legend texts are getting inverted (also with print()). Is there any way to prevent that? I also used -transparent, but without success.

Thanks, Daniel

24 Nov 2011
14 Nov 2011

This function is really great, but the eps quality isn't good as the pdf one. Do you have any suggestion?

09 Nov 2011
03 Nov 2011
31 Oct 2011

I use export_fig all the time and I love it. I've made a lot of wonderful figures thanks to this tool. The web documentation is excellent.

31 Oct 2011
27 Oct 2011

very good

07 Oct 2011

I have problems with calling ghostscript (and also pdf2ps) from MATLAB R2011b on OS X 10.6.8. system('/opt/local/bin/gs') gives me this error:

Referenced from: /opt/local/lib/libfontconfig.1.dylib
Reason: Incompatible library version: libfontconfig.1.dylib requires version 14.0.0 or later, but libfreetype.6.dylib provides version 10.0.0
/opt/local/bin/gs: Trace/breakpoint trap

I fixed the problem by deleting MATLABs DYLD_PATH_LIBRARY variable before calling ghostscript in ghostscript.m:

[varargout{1:nargout}] = system(sprintf('export DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH=""; /opt/local/bin/gs %s', cmd));

Same should work for pdf2ps.m.

This problem does not exist on MATLAB 7.4, since there is no libfreetype.6.dylib in the MATLAB installation. Hope that this little report helps somebody else.

22 Sep 2011
19 Sep 2011

Shaun: Thanks. I understand a big change to the way MATLAB handles graphics is coming at some point. When it does I expect export_fig will break in many ways. For now you can disable the warnings.

19 Sep 2011

Heads up, set(gcf,'color','none') is going away. I am getting warnings..

18 Sep 2011

apañero: Use the -r180 option to set the dpi in the image file correctly (Otherwise how is export_fig supposed to know the dpi? That information isn't stored anywhere in the figure.). Then set the image size so you get the desired output resolution (size of image in pixels). In your case the image size on screen should be 7cm x 7cm.

17 Sep 2011

There is a problem if you want to keep the same resolution and document size as the original image.

With a 180dpi image and 7 x 7cm size
export_fig image -tif -native
Image exported is 96dpi and 13 x 13cm size (same overall resolution but different dimensions)

If I use -r180
Image exported is 180dpi but 13 x 13cm and double pixel size (again, same overall resulution but image dimensions are wrong).

export_fig image -tif -native

14 Sep 2011

Ole: Export_fig doesn't support embedding tiff previews in eps files, sadly. It's probably possible to do with an external application, and if it has a command line interface you could write a MATLAB wrapper for it.

13 Sep 2011

This code is of great help! Can anyone say whether or how tiff previews/thumbnails can be included into eps files?

02 Sep 2011
23 Aug 2011

Be warned, you *will* need to tune image parameters to make your image file consistent with the results from saveas.

23 Aug 2011

Works excellently. Found out how to make CMYK tiffs for publication. Follow this code:

figure('InvertHardcopy','off','Color',[1 1 1]); % Force the background to be white
plot(x, y);
export_fig([filepath filename 'full'], '-tif', '-cmyk', '-r300'); % For CMYK 300 DPI tiff images

22 Aug 2011

I'm afraid I won't be responding to requests for help in this comments section from now on. The help text and web page are more than detailed enough. Bug reports can be emailed directly to me.

22 Aug 2011

Hi
This is a very very useful function. But I have one problem. I am not able to get the same screen resolution while exporting quiver plots. I export quiver plots to .tiff files and then I open it in Imagej. But the arrows appear very blurry as I zoom in. I tried the following:

export_fig test.tiff -m2 -r 250

It would be great if you can help me with this.

Thanks
Sundar

09 Aug 2011

Patrick: A clean install of R2011a and export_fig on a 32-bit XP machine yielded a cropped, correctly sized figure for me just now. Sorry not to be more help!

08 Aug 2011

Oliver: Thanks much for checking! I just repeated what you did (plot(rand(3)); export_fig test.pdf;) and sure enough, the output-pdf contains the figure with the (standard) gray background on a letter-sized white background.
Since things work out on your installation it might have something to do with my Matlab settings/preferences (?). I didn't set anything special though and also checked on a couple of other machines of colleagues of mine and the scheme seems consistent: R2011a yields letter-sized outputs and all earlier installations do what I tell them to do.

If anybody knows a solution to this problem, I would greatly appreciate. For now, I just run export_fig on older versions of Matlab only ;-)

Again, thanks for this great script in any case, Oliver!!!

P.S.: This was all on Windows XP 32-bit machines.

05 Aug 2011
04 Aug 2011

You save me thesis!

03 Aug 2011

Patrick: I just installed R2011a on a Vista 32-bit machine and ran
plot(rand(3));
export_fig test.pdf;
It worked as expected.

02 Aug 2011

Great script - thanks a lot Oliver!

I recently upgraded from Matlab R2009a to R2011a, which caused a problem with export_fig: after the upgrade, figures exported to .pdf (and/or .eps) have a fixed paper-size of US legal (i.e. typically a lot of white space around my figures). I can't find a way to alter the paper size of my exported figures in Matlab now. When I ran export_fig on Matlab R2009a, the paper-size after exporting with export_fig used to be set by the original figure size. Any ideas how I can get back to these settings?

02 Aug 2011
29 Jul 2011
28 Jul 2011

Hi, Oliver, thank you so much for your kind help. The zbuffer renderer works for me. However, I still prefer the EPS output than BMP (it blurs when zoom out or zoom in). As what you said, the white tin network did have different appearances in different applications.

Thank you once again for your kind help.

28 Jul 2011

Jie: Yes, the lines should not be visible in printed figures. Also, try the zbuffer renderer if opengl fails.

28 Jul 2011

Hi, Oliver, thank you for your swift reply. You know, Google is fighting against with the Chinese government, and I can not see the examples and explanations listed in google site.

What you mean is that the paper-printed figure will not show such tin network? However, when I try to save the bmp and jpg format, I got following error:
setting PBuffer for OpenGL printing: invalid drawable.

Interestingly, I did save jpg file several days before. I do not know why I can not save bmp now.

28 Jul 2011

Jie: I explain the reason for this on the examples webpage. It's your PDF reader at fault, but it means that 3D surfaces are better exported as bitmaps.

27 Jul 2011

Hi, Oliver, the export_fig is really a great tool which helps a lot to my paper. Thank you.

But, I got a problem when I want to export a 3D surface produced by 'mesh' or 'surf'. Although the output in the figure window of Matlab is normal, the exported figure are covered with white tin network, which is especially evident for gray surface.

Actually, you can find the white tin network on the icon of export_fig at the top of this webpage (the nice color surface produced by this tool is covered with white tin network).

This problem is deriving me crazy in recent days. I tried to change various line properties, however, it never works.

22 Jul 2011

Brad: You can use -painters and -r200. If it doesn't do what you expect then contact me directly. Also, just put the files on your MATLAB path to avoid moving them to your current directory - that is standard and nothing to do with export_fig, though.

22 Jul 2011

This function is fantastic. Whats more, is that it can be incorporated into my functions, so that I can save multiple plots and figures in glorious high resolution. I love it and its so easy to use!

However, I've been copying all the export_fig files located in the export_fig folder to current working directory (which changes often). This works, but I don't want to do it everytime I start working in a new directory and I want to make figures.

Is there a way to put export_fig in its own folder (perhaps C:/Program Files/Export Fig/export_fig) and call it from my current directory without changing back and forth to that directory? Also, I'd like to use options like -painters and -r200.

Thanks Oliver!

21 Jul 2011

Eli: Yes, -painters works on all systems. If you have a specific problem you should contact me directly.

21 Jul 2011

Thanks Oliver. I am referring to the size of the image (in Kb). If you have many pictures in your file, the document size grows quickly and cannot be submitted. I already tried -q30 etc, -r, it has no effect. The gs command with options in linux can reduce the size (not so nice), but I want to do everything in export_fig. I guess I have to re-program my plot.

I would like to thank you for this code. It has served me good in past weeks !

Suggestion: put set(gcf, 'Color', 'w') in default. It scares off newcomers to see those, often unwanted, margins.

Is -painters option supposed to work on pdf/eps files on any system?

21 Jul 2011

Eli: Are you refering to file size or paper size? File size can be changed using the -qXX option, e.g. -q50, though it only affects the images in files. If paper size, change the figure size.

If you want me to assist you with errors then I suggest you follow the instructions at the end of the description.

21 Jul 2011

Great software.

How do you control the size of the output PDF or EPS? I want to reduce the size.

In addition, the -painters option does not work for me, in pdf/eps files. I tried it on various linux and win systems.

20 Jul 2011

Oliver,
Thanks for the response... Following your suggestion, I found IMCLIPBOARD (http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/28708-imclipboard) which does just that. Now if I can just find one that outputs to clipboard in vector format.
Dan

19 Jul 2011

Dan: No, there isn't. However, you can output the image as an array, so if you find a way of copying an array to the clipboard as an image you're there.

19 Jul 2011

Hi Oliver,
Very nice. One question: I am also fighting with the whitespace outside of copied images. Your cropping seems to do the job nicely. Is there a way to use export_fig to export to the clipboard?
Thanks,
Dan

18 Jul 2011

pvans: You can control the amount of whitespace around an axes by setting the axes' position and using export_fig's -nocrop option.

17 Jul 2011

Thanks for this.

Mathworks, it's ridiculous that I have to resort to third-party packages to programmatically export my figures. Every time I come across some problem like this it moves me closer and closer to doing all my development with numpy/scipy.

14 Jul 2011

Hi Oliver,

I would like to save an figure with both

1) an image object inside of it saved at native resolution

2) control over the size of the whitespace outside of that image's axes, in pixels.

Your '-native' option works well for 1), but it seems that in order to accomplish 2) simultaneously, I need to resize the figure without resizing the image. I can do this by setting the image axes 'Units' property to 'Pixels' (instead of the default 'Normalized'), but that change seems to make export_fig work incorrectly. Is there a way to do this with your program?

29 Jun 2011
20 Jun 2011

Very useful. Thank you.

19 Jun 2011

In EPS files which I export my figures to, all fonts are changed to different ones. Arial is changed to Helvetica, Arial Narrow is changed to Courier, etc.

13 Jun 2011

Farzad: export_fig has the same font issue as print, as described on my usage and examples web page (link in description above).

11 Jun 2011

to Zbigniew:
What do you mean by wrong font? isnt it the original font you see before exporting?! It exports the figure as the way you see on the screen. If you want another font you have to change it before using export_fig command.

10 Jun 2011

Hi there,

This is brilliant function. It helped me to export figures properly to eps. The only thing is that it still substitutes and exports a figure with wrong fonts.

09 Jun 2011

This is the most wonderful program! Thank you :)

07 Jun 2011

Farzad: As you say, export_fig saves the figure as it appears on screen, and you can have a landscape-shaped figure on a portrait-oriented display, no problem.

07 Jun 2011

Hi Oliver,

This might not be a good question but if you change your display to portrait, is it then possible to save figures in landscape? I guess not since it is said that the figure is saved exactly like it is on the screen.

29 May 2011
28 May 2011
18 May 2011
17 May 2011
17 May 2011

Ah, I made a mistake in that. Thanks for correcting me Oliver. export_fig is really great. Although it doesn't need to mention. 908 downloads just in the last 30 days!!!

17 May 2011

farzad: MATLAB has to ways of passing variables to functions. Withough brackets, every input is considered to be a string. With brackets, you need to specify what is a string and what isn't using ''. This is completely standard. So in your case do:
export_fig(sprintf('plot%d.png', a), '-a1');

16 May 2011

Hi Oliver
I have a question regarding the export_fig use in a for loop. In the examples, you gave this format for it:

export_fig(sprintf('plot%d.png', a));

what if I want to use additional arguments as well such as disabling the anti-aliasing which originally is:
export_fig plot.png -a1
I tried different formats to pass the value of 'a' parameter to export_fig in the loop but I failed. Shouldnt it be like this:
export_fig(sprintf('plot%d.png', i),a);
where a (anti-aliasing value) is the second input argument to export_fig ?!

I appreciate your great work it.

29 Apr 2011

Thank you Oliver. I honestly did not notice it. The interface of the File Exchange has changed quite a bit recently and yours is the first file I download. The clarity of the tag "Download All" could be disputed though.

28 Apr 2011

Dan: There is a large blue "Download All" button at the top right of the page. Did you try that? It worked for me.

28 Apr 2011

New file exchange interface is just not working. No "download" option displayed and "Watch this File" sends you in a loop between the current page and the "Watchlist" without actually showing the file.

Any suggestions?

08 Apr 2011

actually it's Walter Roberson refer me to use your function, excellent, it solve me a big problem, appreciate for your code!!!

08 Apr 2011
06 Apr 2011

I didnt know about drawnow. It works better with graphics and I learned a new command. Thank you very much Oliver.
Success

06 Apr 2011

Thanks Oliver. I'll try to replace maximize with something else.

06 Apr 2011

Farzad: However, a solution is to call drawnow just before export_fig.

06 Apr 2011

Farzad: This is an issue with maximize, and not export_fig.

06 Apr 2011

Hi
Thanks for sharing this very useful file.
I have a problem with using export_fig with maximize. May be someone can help. When I use maximize I have to add pause (at least 0.5 sec) before export_fig otherwise it saves the small size version. Here is the order of commands:
h = figure;
maximize(h);
plot ...
export_fig test.bmp -m2

------------------------
R2009b on Win 7, 32 bit

25 Mar 2011
16 Mar 2011

Hi Oliver, thanks a lot for a great script. I am a mac user (os x 10.6) and had some trouble with ghostscript. On this website http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/macosx/hpijs you can download GPL Ghostscript (dmg file). This worked for me.

15 Mar 2011

Great function!

When working with images, that would be great to export the lines, texts, legend, etc. in a vector format and the images in a pixel format (ideally both in one pdf file). You might know that there has been some work done in the original exportfig http://www.mathworks.com/company/newsletters/digest/december00/export.html

I think it will be a great feature!

05 Mar 2011

Meggy: Make sure that you have installed ghostcript (not the ghostscript.m MATLAB function) as per the instructions, then select the folder which contains the ghostscript program when prompted. If you have any more problems please contact me directly, as requested several times on this page already.

22 Feb 2011

I'll start using matlab graphics thanks to your function!

20 Feb 2011

Bogdan: This sort of issue is best emailed to me as a minimal working example.

20 Feb 2011

Hi Oliver,

when I create a pdf file and include it in Latex the blue color get washed in the Latex document. However, it is okay in the created pdf itself. Do you have any idea why, as it looks really bad. Other included pdfs created with the print command do not have this issue.

15 Feb 2011

Reinhard: Thank you. That could be very useful info for some people out there.

15 Feb 2011

FYI: I've just tried creating temporary PDF files using export_fig, and then appending them in a single go using ghostscript. It's much faster that way. Ghostscript obviously optimizes the call if it receives all the file names to append simultaneously.

15 Feb 2011

ImageAnalyst: It demonstrates that you can export figures with transparency information (as one is visible through the other). Probably not very intuitive, though.

15 Feb 2011

I'm not sure I understand your screenshot. Why the double images superimposed?

15 Feb 2011

Reinhard: No, this isn't something I've investigated. One possibility is that the slowness comes from export_fig copying the file before appending to it, for error recovery reasons. You could take this step out of eps2pdf.m and see what happens. Otherwise it's down to ghostscript, which I have no control over.

15 Feb 2011

Thanks Oliver, we've been using your code for a while and especially use the PDF export function. One thing that we have noticed is that if you append a lot (30+) of plots to the same PDF the process becomes much slower as the PDF gets bigger. Do you know what causes this?

15 Feb 2011
14 Feb 2011

Many thanks!

06 Feb 2011
03 Feb 2011

This is a really useful and well written funnction. Thanks a lot!

03 Feb 2011
03 Feb 2011

Great work!

25 Jan 2011

Hi Oliver,
Thanks for your incredible work here! You saved me lots of time already you triple the value of Matlab without a shadow of a doubt.
Please carry on as you did.
Cheers, Tobi

30 Nov 2010
25 Nov 2010

Dear Oliver,

thanks for saving my (publication) life.

Julia

18 Nov 2010

Craig: Nice observation. Done.

15 Nov 2010

Thanks for the response. It has occured to me that the resolution can be set relative to native by just resizing the image prior to display then using the -native switch. Rather than modifying the function, perhaps add a note to your website for people who are slow on the uptake like me?

Thanks again, Craig.

15 Nov 2010

Craig: Intermediate images can be larger than the output image if antialiasing is used, so the warning is correct. Your suggestion of an additional resolution option has been noted - thanks.

15 Nov 2010

Great function(s) - thanks Oliver. It works very well in concert with 'maximize.m'.

Like so many others I'm at a loss to understand why such functionality isn't built-in to MATLAB. I had reached the point of saving my images as MATLAB 'fig' format and copying and pasting into other documents to try to preserve some quality. I have one small, almost insignificant, suggestion:

Could a additional resolution option be included so that resolution can be specified as a percentage of 'native' rather than only relative to the size on screen? Is there a simple way to do this already using the -r switch?

I've also noticed that MATLAB (Win7 64-bit R2010b) produces a scary warning "Warning: print2array generating a 185.1M pixel image. This could be slow and might also cause memory problems." when in fact the image size is one-tenth that with -m set to 10. It's not important but had me worried until I realised it was bunkum.

Thanks again,
Craig.

03 Nov 2010

I have used print_pdf for all my publications.

29 Oct 2010

Excellent function, makes it easy to produce high quality figures. (Normally look significantly better than in the figure window itself.) Never had a single problem with it.

29 Oct 2010

Monique: The cropping works fine on my system with the figures you give. No-one else has reported this problem either, so I would say that the autocropping does work, and that your comment is misleading to other users. Read on if you would like me to investigate your specific problem further.

Everyone: As I've stated twice on this page already, please do email me (use the "Contact Author link on my author page) when you have a problem (assuming you've checked everywhere and can't find a solution), rather than place it here. I'll respond quicker, be able to request figures and results, and also people finding the function won't think it never works!

28 Oct 2010

Very useful function even though I'm far from having explored all the possibilities.
One question: when saving a figure with a transparent background, the autocrop doesn't work. Any reason for that? any way to still get autocrop?
Example:
figure, plot(1:10), set(gcf,'Color','w'), set(gca, 'color', 'w','XLim',[0 20]);, axis off, export_fig test % (autocrop)
figure, plot(1:10), set(gcf,'Color','none'), set(gca, 'color', 'none','XLim',[0 20]);, axis off, export_fig test2 % (doesn't autocrop)
Thanks!

27 Oct 2010

Superb function and documentation. You deserve a big fat check from Mathworks for doing something long overdue. In the mean time please accept my grateful thanks :)

16 Oct 2010

Good documentation, easy to use, and does the job very well! Thanks!

16 Oct 2010
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04 Aug 2010

A great script. Along with the hints in article http://blogs.mathworks.com/loren/2007/12/11/making-pretty-graphs/ this makes pretty nice graphics!

09 Jun 2010

Dan: Unfortunately this can't be avoided. The painters renderer used for vector graphics doesn't support transparency. For more details see here:
http://www.mathworks.com/access/helpdesk/help/techdoc/creating_plots/f3-84337.html#f3-102410

09 Jun 2010

Very nice script, I use it all the time.

Just one thing, when saving to a .pdf it seems to mess up transparent elements on the the plot and make them opaque.

Is there a way to remedy this?

Cheers!

03 Jun 2010

I was wrong, it does work to include the path in the file name. I just can't use a '~' as a short cut to my home directory. At least not with a Mac. Using the full path works for all formats, and the '~' works for everything expect pdf and eps.

Oliver, thanks for your help troubleshooting this for me!

03 Jun 2010

this program is great. I have tried several hacks over the years to do something similar, but not worked this clean.

When specifying a path in the file name it works for all formats except pdf and eps. These will only save to the current directory. Is there a way to specify the path in the call? Currently I just cd to the desired directory and then cd back to where I was.

Thanks for the work and for sharing.

03 Jun 2010
25 May 2010

Top job Oliver - great utility with a tonne of functionality.
The -painters option is great. I can render a graph from the command line with transparent axis and background and save it onto my desktop (with geektool). It looks so awesome and it wouldn't be possible without these scripts.

18 May 2010

Royi: This will generate two images, one with anti-aliasing and one without -
export_fig aa.png
export_fig no_aa.png -a1
The anti-aliasing option can be used with any other combination of options. Note that the anti-aliasing settings only affect bitmap outputs. They make no difference to vector outputs such as pdf and eps files.

17 May 2010

You need to clarify the syntax a bit more (I don't understand how to turn Anti Aliasing off, Triad -a1 with no difference, I guess I don't write the syntax how it should be).
Adding some examples for usages of the Syntax would be great!

22 Apr 2010

Jared: Fonts should be embedded in exported pdfs by default, and also in eps files (the latter depending on what pdftops executable you have on your system). You need to import a figure into Myriad Pro before exporting from it - I suggest you ask the newsgroup if you need help with this.

21 Apr 2010

How does one export with embedded fonts? For instance, can one export using Myriad Pro?

13 Apr 2010

Very useful, thanks.

12 Apr 2010

Very good function. I am using it for a while now without any problem. I have just noticed that when a figure contain a:
"text(...,'interpreter','latex')" then the function print2eps does not set the boundingbox properly or at least the figure is not cropped when using eps2pdf.

A closer look at this showed that when the latex interpreter is used, the obtained eps file (with the MATLAB print function) contained font information. This might interfer somehow. Any idea how to solve this issue?

10 Apr 2010
10 Apr 2010

very useful. simpler use with respect to the laprint

09 Apr 2010
09 Apr 2010

Oliver: Thank you very much.
Finally I can produce nice figures with Matlab.
Shai

09 Apr 2010

Shai: The line style problem can be fixed by specifying the painters algorithm, using the -painters option. Note you need ghostscript installed for this to work.

09 Apr 2010

Great program.

However, I’ve encounter a small difficulty.
I’m trying to export a B&W figure that includes solid, dashed, and dotted lines at a resolution of 350 dpi in tif format. However, in the tif image, dashed lines look like dotted lines, and the dotted lines look like solid gray lines.

I’ve tried all the four anti-aliasing levels.

Is there a way to export in high resolution tif format while keeping the appearance of the lines similar to the original?

Thanks a lot,
Shai

09 Apr 2010
20 Mar 2010

Extremely useful.

03 Mar 2010

In response to comments by Muhammad and xtofe xtofe I've added the -native and -r<val> options respectively.

Viktor: I don't have or use Simulink, unfortunately, so can't address your issue. Simulink support was never claimed, though, and I hope the function does everything it says on the tin.

24 Feb 2010

Hi Oliver,

Your file works great but is there a way to apply it to simulink systems? you can print a picture of your model but cropping is very hard.

Viktor

18 Feb 2010

Jonas:
I convert from eps to pdf then back to eps because I know how to set the quality of bitmap compression and how to embed fonts when saving to pdf through ghostscript, but not when saving to eps. My hack is therefore to save as a pdf to get these things right, then use software which converts a pdf to eps without changing anything in those respects.

If anyone knows of a more direct approach please let me know.

16 Feb 2010

Very useful program!

1) When you print to .eps, you print to .eps, then convert to .pdf, then back to .eps. Why?

2) On OS X, the uigetdir file dialog does not show the title. Thus, when the user is asked to provide the path to pdftops, it is not clear at all what is going on. I suggest adding the following before line 60 of pdftops.m:
if ismac
uiwait(wh)
end

29 Jan 2010
26 Jan 2010

xtofe xtofe:
Set the magnification as follows -
dpi = 300;
mag = dpi / get(0, 'ScreenPixelsPerInch');
export_fig('name.png', sprintf('-m%g', mag));

26 Jan 2010

very useful it is indeed.

How the resolution of the final file could be changed?
e.g., 300dpi, 400dpi, etc.

Any ideas??

13 Jan 2010

Very useful fix for missing functionality within Matlab.

10 Jan 2010

hi again,

thanks for a very helpful hint,i tried using various value of magnification and anti-aliasing until i get the perfect pair to get the native resolution.

09 Jan 2010

Muhammad: This depends on the size of the on screen figure, and the magnification you're applying - you can change these two things to get the output you want. However, it is rarely a good idea to save an image at native resolution by exporting a figure containing the image. I suggest you post what you are trying to do to the newsgroup and ask for suggestions of alternative approaches.

09 Jan 2010

I noticed the image (.jpg) produced doesn't have the same size (eg. 600 x 800) with the input image.how do I set the size to be the same?

07 Jan 2010

yep,it worked well.thanks again

06 Jan 2010

Call export_fig using the functional form to have functional and numerical input arguments, e.g.:
export_fig(figure_handle, sprintf('directory/name%d.jpg', n), '-a2', '-painters');

06 Jan 2010

Hello and good day,
thanks for a great submission.
I'd like to know how do I save a figure along with the directory path,like the one i figured with imwrite function
imwrite(img,sprintf(directory/name.jpg))

30 Nov 2009

For improved rendering of dashed and dotted lines in bitmap outputs (especially at higher magnifications) you can now use the painters renderer:
export_fig test.png -painters
However, see the help text for notes on the impact of using different renderers.

30 Nov 2009

Thanks for the last version, which solves the line-style issue!

29 Nov 2009
23 Nov 2009

A useful aspect of export_fig is that it can output the rasterized figure as an image array. For example, you can use this output to save the figure in grayscale, or with a specific resolution (pixels/inch value).

22 Nov 2009

...and how do you preserve the line style in tiff files e.g.? Thanks again!

22 Nov 2009

Absolutely awesome!! If only I had found this sooner!! Thanks for sharing!
How can I increase the resolution? The -m option increases the file size, not the resolution.

20 Nov 2009

Oliver, thanks very much but something is funny. If I have the property editor open for the original figure the color is white. I run the set commands and the color is none. I then use export_fig and the color goes back to white (as seen in the Property Manager), and the figure has a white background (export_fig foo.png -pdf; OS X 10.6.2, 2009b). Same white background on the pdf and the png.

20 Nov 2009

Bob:
set(gcf, 'color', 'none'); % Set the figure background to transparent
set(gca, 'color', 'none'); % Set the axes background to transparent

20 Nov 2009

Wish I had found this great script sooner!

Can someone tell me how to set the color property to 'none'. If you set edit figure and then use the property editor you only get an option for color (e.g. a palette), you can't type in 'none'. I'm missing something obvious here, can someone please help me with this.

20 Nov 2009
13 Nov 2009

My graphics driver was out of date. Since I updated the driver, everything work perfectly. Thanks!

12 Nov 2009

A reminder for everyone: As I say in the description, please do email me (use the "Contact Author link on my author page) when you have a problem, rather than place it here. I'll respond quicker, and also people finding the function won't think it never works!

12 Nov 2009

I'm having trouble printing to png format, the figures come out completely black. I'm using MATLAB version 2008b. The command I'm using is "export_fig filename -png".

11 Nov 2009

Great script. It's driven me nuts for a long time that outputting to pdf in Matlab is a headache.

It would be useful if there was an 'append' option for the pdf output. I don't always want to append to the end of a file, often I just want to update a figure and have it overwrite whatever was already there.

26 Oct 2009

Michael: MATLAB's print often does funny things to a plot, such as changing the number of tick marks, when you export it, and I don't know how to avoid it. Export_fig uses print, and therefore unfortunately suffers from the same problem.

20 Oct 2009

I wanted to use this tool to save a jpg with the borders cropped. Now I realized that the axes settings were changed during export.
I was using a figure with three subplots, two graphs and an image.
The plots were displaying 7000 data points in a customized scale using the whole axes area. Matlab's autoscale uses 8000 points and so did the export function.
Is there a way to avoid the autoscale?

27 Sep 2009
22 Sep 2009

m g: The figure you wish to export must be open. You cannot specify it by the filename. The filename is that of the output file, not the input file.

Erica: The filename should be a string. Just like any other MATLAB function, you can call export_fig using parentheses around the input arguments, or not, in which case the inputs are interpreted as strings; i.e. if one of the inputs is not a string then you must use parentheses. The outputs are not the same as those used by print. Type
help export_fig
for a full description of usage.

18 Sep 2009

Hi

What is the calling sequence for using this function? should the filename be in parentheses? are the output formats the same as used by matlap e.g. -depsc?

Many thanks!

14 Sep 2009

I am unable to use export_fig on my linux machine
i am using the command
export_fig f.fig -eps
and i get the following error:
'No Figure to Print"

thanks,

31 Jul 2009

I'm trying to use this function with Matlab r2007b on a Mac (OS 10.5), and I get the error:

??? Error using ==> rdivide
Number of array dimensions must match for binary array op.

Error in ==> export_fig at 143
A = uint8(B ./ A(:,:,[1 1 1]));

Any insight?

Cheers!

22 Jul 2009

Great function! It saves me a lot of time, thanks!
Wish I could disable cropping more easily though.

14 Jul 2009

how do you export the image with a greater value of dpi?
-r600 does not work

08 Jul 2009
07 Jul 2009

Really nice.
I still have a problem using uipanels (guis):

If i create a plot and a colorbar, the colorbar will not be printed in the result.

Is it possible to enable for a search for colorbars? I tried to adopt your code but failed in copying the correct stuctures.

To say it with Stefan: Can you fix/enable that?

03 Jul 2009
02 Jul 2009
29 Jun 2009

Nice!

How can I get a high resolution eps, e.g., >300dpi? Matlab's documentation says to use the -r option, e.g.,
print -deps -r300 myfile
but it actually doesn't work. When I look at the produced eps in a software such as Adobe Photoshop the resolution is just 72dpi. Thanks for you input!

03 Jun 2009

Great job!

But still one bug: Exporting does not work if axes is child of uipanel. Seems to be some problem when using cobyobj
Can you fix that?

28 May 2009

Great work! You sir saved me a LOT of time.

I've been using your print_eps function for a while and found this today. However, I have a problem with converting images to eps format that has been bugging me. For example, I have two images in a matlab figure. On both images I have used the "plot" function to plot some lines on the images. The plotted lines are gray in color. When I export them into eps format, the lines on the first image would remain gray. But the lines on the second image would change to black. The same thing happens when I have more than two images with plotted lines, in which case all the plotted lines except in the first image will turn black. I was wondering if you can shed some light on this?

Thanks a lot.

28 May 2009

Great job!
Finally I can get publication-quality graphs in a simple way.
Thanks Oliver for making it easier than ever before.

21 Apr 2009

Great piece of work, thanks.

A minor thing though... Under my installation, the private/ghostscript.m function had a minor bug that resulted in the whole function being whipped out and replaced by solely the 'gs' path. Just in case it happens to anyone else, here is a simple patch:

--- MY/private/ghostscript.m
+++ ONLINE/private/ghostscript.m
@@ -103,9 +103,8 @@
fclose(fh);
% Find the path
-first_sec = regexp(fstrm, '[\n\r]*function path = current_gs_path[\n\r]*path = ''', 'end', 'once');
-second_sec = first_sec + regexp(fstrm(first_sec+1:end), ''';[\n\r]*return', 'once');
-assert(~isempty(first_sec) && ~isempty(second_sec));
+first_sec = regexp(fstrm, '[\n\r]function path = current_gs_path[\n\r]path = ''', 'end', 'once');
+second_sec = first_sec + regexp(fstrm(first_sec+1:end), ''';[\n\r]return', 'once');
% Save the file with the path replaced
fh = fopen(fname, 'wt');
fprintf(fh, '%s%s%s', fstrm(1:first_sec), path, fstrm(second_sec:end));

19 Apr 2009

Dan: Currently the only way to change the exported figure size is to change the Matlab figure size before exporting. To get round this, set the paper size options manually within export_fig.

Matt C: Thanks for the great suggestion.

Shameem/Mohammed: I wanted to keep the interface simple, so unfortunately there is no formal way to control file size. Jpeg file size can be changed by varying the quality setting within export_fig. For more options regarding quality/compression, see savefig (also on the FEX).

18 Apr 2009

Hi Oliver,
Thanks soo much for this script. It's of great use for me. So far I haven't had any trouble using it. Just one question, is it possible to use it to control the size of the output file?

Also, thanks to Matt for the addition, Its nice to not replace an existing file and keep adding up additional figues at the bottom. Thats what I wanted to do.

Great job guys. keep it up.

Shameem

17 Apr 2009

This suite of exportation options is really great! I used to cook up these functions on my own, but with the frontend you created this is now a lot simpler.

When using it I found that the way you are currently implementing ghostscript will destroy the destination file if it already exists. While this may be the intended implementation, let me offer an alternative that could possibly be as useful to others.

I have edited the 'eps2pdf.m' file to allow for appending additional figures to an already existing .pdf file as follows:
<code>

function eps2pdf(source, dest)
% Construct the options string for ghostscript - create new or append
% additional sheets if the destination exists
if (exist(dest, 'file') == 2)
tmp_nam = tempname;
copyfile(dest, tmp_nam);
options = ['-q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dEPSCrop -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -sOutputFile="' dest '" "' tmp_nam '" -f "' source '"'];
else
options = ['-q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dEPSCrop -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -sOutputFile="' dest '" -f "' source '"'];
end

% Convert to pdf using ghostscript
ghostscript(options);
return

</code>

I hope some of you can find this modification useful!

15 Apr 2009

Hello! How can I use your program to export a MATLAB graph to .eps or .pdf format with size changes ?

Thank you,
dan

15 Apr 2009

Added ability to export rasterized figure straight to the workspace.

19 Apr 2009

Added ability to append to pdf files, as suggested by Matt C. Corrected some help text.

21 Apr 2009

Incorporated Christian Dorion's patch for updating ghostscript (and also pdftops) path. Fixed bug that didn't correctly detect if pdftops path was valid (due to a MATLAB/Windows bug).

24 Apr 2009

Added ability to compute transparency of patch objects when outputting to png and exporting to workspace.

28 Jun 2009

Fixed bug to allow exporting of axes that are children of uipanels. Thanks to Stefan for pointing out the bug.

21 Jul 2009

Export colorbars associated with subplots when in a uipanel. Thanks to Johannes Korsawe for pointing out the bug.

29 Jul 2009

Added options to disable cropping and set level of anti-aliasing. Added a fix to get round a rendering bug in print (thanks to Johannes Korsawe for pointing it out).

31 Jul 2009

Added option to use zbuffer renderer for bitmaps. This avoids some errors caused by bugs in the opengl renderer.
Fixed bug when exporting greyscale figures with an alphamatte (thanks to Annette for pointing it out).

09 Oct 2009

Added ability to export at any resolution (bitmap outputs only) and also in CMYK colorspace (tiff, pdf, eps only).

12 Nov 2009

Appending to end of pdf files is now off by default, and enabled by the -append option. Suggested by Clark Richards.

12 Nov 2009

24 Nov 2009

Bug fix (thanks, Andreas Offenhaeuser). Added grayscale option (suggestion thanks to Bob Sica). Added correct resolution for tiff & png (sugestion thanks to Yvonne Haesevoets).

25 Nov 2009

No change to the file, just a correction - I thank Paul Soderlind for suggesting the grayscale output option, not Bob Sica (apologies to you both).

25 Nov 2009

Improved rendering of dashed and dotted lines for bitmap outputs using the -painters algorithm. This overcomes the "shrinking dash" problem mentioned by Yvonne Haesevoets (thanks!).

02 Mar 2010

Added -native option for exporting to bitmap at native resolution of an image. Fixed uigetdir title problem on MAC OS X (thanks to Jonas for the bug report).

03 Mar 2010

Improved accuracy of native resolution feature in some circumstances.

05 Mar 2010

Added ability to vary quality/compression level for jpg, pdf & eps output. Thank you to Fabio Viola for pointing out compression artifacts using the default settings.

08 Apr 2010

Fix to colorbar axes color bug with transparent bitmap export (thanks to Roland Martin for reporting it). Look for ghostcript in default location on 64 bit Windows (thanks to suggestion by Nathan Childress).

13 Apr 2010

Fix for R2006b (possibly even R2007a) and earlier: move embedded fonts after bounding box information. Thanks to Sylvain Fa for reporting the problem.

20 Apr 2010

Fix to bug which caused an error when exporting to transparent bitmap with no colorbar present (introduced 8th April 2010). Thanks to Gracee for reporting it.

25 May 2010

Fixed bug which caused bitmaps to be poorly rendered when using the painters renderer on figures with many patches in. Also added fix to bug reported by Andrew Matthews (thanks!) affecting export in -nodisplay mode.

01 Jun 2010

Added ability to append to tiff. Added link to usage examples web page (thanks to Brett Shoelson for the suggestion).

23 Jun 2010

Isolate axes better in presence of gui objects (thanks to Tammy Threadgill for reporting the issue). Maintain resolution of very small images in vector formats when using lossless compression (thanks to Scott for reporting the issue).

06 Oct 2010

Faster bitmap export using hardcopy. Better error checking for when exporting to non-existent directories (thanks to Aldebaro Klautau for reporting this).

02 Feb 2011

Enable exporting of multiple axes (when a subset of all axes). Don't save user specific paths in .m files that may be version controlled (thanks to Jonas Dorn for the suggestion). Minor bug fixes.

02 Feb 2011

Save user specific paths in a single, hidden directory. Put isolate_axes code in a separate function.

27 Apr 2011

Find 64-bit Ghostscript on Windows (thanks to Paul Durack and Shaun Kline for both reporting this issue). Fix bug in isolate_axes (thanks to Rosella Blatt for reproting this).

28 Apr 2011

Bug fix to ghostscript.m mostly affecting Linux (thanks to Paul Durack for reporting it).

15 Sep 2011

Fix bitmap cropping with painters renderer. Make bitmap outputs exactly the right size. Suppress warnings by setting EraseModes to normal when using opengl or zbuffer renderers (thanks to Pawel Kocieniewski for reporting the issue).

21 Sep 2011

Fix to bug in print2array causing an error when exporting using painters with a white background. Thanks to Tobiar Lamour for reporting it.

14 Nov 2011

Various bug fixes - thanks to Phil Trinh, Mathieu Morlighem and Meelis Lootus for reporting the issues. Also added new -transparent option, and set default anti-aliasing down to -a3.

08 Dec 2011

Allow use of arbitrary fonts with the painters renderer, e.g. in eps and pdf files.

09 Dec 2011

More reliable export of non-standard fonts using painters renderer.

14 Dec 2011

Fix bug affecting export using -painters with spaces in font names. Thanks to David Szwer for reporting the issue.

26 Jan 2012

Improve font swapping behaviour. Thanks to Anna Rafferty and Adam Jackson for reporting issues.

27 Jan 2012

Fix bug when exporting tall figures to bitmap using the painters renderer. Thanks to Ken Campbell for reporting it.

23 Feb 2012

Ensure axes limits are the same on screen and printed.

14 Mar 2012

A bug fix to the previous change, ensuring that axes limits are correctly set. Thanks to Tobias Lamour for reporting the issue.

16 Mar 2012

Fixed a bug to do with copyfig not being available to export_fig. Thanks to Bob Fratantonio for pointing it out.

10 Apr 2012

Make font swapping case insensitive. Fix bug affecting export to bitmap using painters in r2012a (thanks to Andy Matthews for reporting it).

09 May 2012

Add ability to add bookmarks based on figure names into PDFs - thanks to Petr Nechaev for this. Keep tick marks fixed - thanks to Arcelia Arrieta for this.

20 Sep 2012

Fix to bug introduced by R2012b

05 Nov 2012

Bug fix to font swapping in vector formats, fixed paper orientation bug and removed conflict with the path function. Many thanks to Malcolm Hudson, Michael Watts and Michel Slivitzky for reporting those issues respectively.

12 Dec 2012

Allow export of uipanel objects, and improve finding Ghostscript on Windows. Thanks to michael and Ratish Punnoose for highlighting these issues.

22 Mar 2013

Access user strings in text, not binary mode, to avoid errors. Now swap fonts in axes labels when exporting in vector format. Thanks to Christian and Rasmus Ischebeck for pointing out these respective errors.

28 Jun 2013

Fixed bug with calling ghoscript 9.07 in Linux. Many thanks to Jannik for the fix.

14 Aug 2013

Fixed a font swapping bug and a MATLAB bug affecting the export of white lines to EPS. Thanks to George and Sebastian for reporting the issues.

14 Aug 2013

Fixed a font swapping bug and a MATLAB bug affecting the export of white lines to EPS. Thanks to George and Sebastian for reporting the issues.

08 Oct 2013

Allow setting of resolution for vector formats (thanks to Jan Jaap Meijer for suggesting this). Fix bug in isolate_axes (thanks to Will Grant for this).

05 Dec 2013

Fix bug in isolate axes; thanks to Remington Reid for bringing the issue to my attention.

22 Apr 2014

Switch to GitHub repository

08 May 2014

Replace acknowledgements

02 Jul 2014