Drag and Drop output

June 02 2008 Celemourn 56
When you highlight an equation in Maple and drag it to another program, a word processor for example, a small image of it is produced. It would be great to be able to select the format and resolution of these images. Specifically, it would be nice to be able to choose from jpg, gif, or a pdf clipping, and to choose compression levels and resolution, whether or not to include a background mask (or just the text itself), and how much margin to add to the clipping. I love using Maple to do my calculations and prepare my equations, but prefer to use a dedicated word processor for writing reports. This results in a lot of drag and drop action. It would be great to have some way to tweak the formatting and quality. The only other option right now, that I am aware of, is to convert expressions to LaTeX, then use an external program to edit and format them. This is a pain in the butt, considering how messy it can be to install a TeX distribution and get it working right. It would be better to have that all within Maple and avoid third party stuff entirely.

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