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So far, whenever I had to use a 3D plot generated in Mathematica in a LaTeX document, I used exported the graphics to either of the following:

  • PDF
  • PNG

file format. Then I could easily include the graphics in my document. However, if the graphics is somehow complicated (for example contains several detailed surfaces), then this method produces poor results. By poor, I mean that either the pdf is of low quality, very "heavy" (i.e. takes long to load) etc. In case of the png option, then problems are clear; in particular the lack of scalability.

I'm interested in the methods you guys are using in this context, namely the workflow Mathematica->Graphics Object->Export->Include in LaTeX document.

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closed as off topic by Joseph Wright Sep 3 '11 at 21:55

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To "lighten" the pdf, would flattening the layers help? Also, I'd think this might be borderline off-topic since it's about getting good graphics out of mathematica, rather than anything specifically LaTeX related... – Seamus Aug 11 '11 at 13:35
@Seamus: I'm not sure I know what you mean with your hint. As for the nature of the question; well I disagree with you. I specifically refer to the inclusion of mathematica 3D figure in a LaTeX document. – Dror Aug 11 '11 at 13:42
Would you be able to post a Mathematica notebook .nb file that contains the generated graphic in question? I'm assuming the "heavy-ness" is related to the file size, right? – Werner Aug 11 '11 at 15:28
@Werner: More likely to the rendering complexity. – Andrey Vihrov Aug 11 '11 at 15:38
@Werner: I cannot provide the .nb file. Sorry. However, what Andrey wrote is the essence of the issue. I guess... – Dror Aug 11 '11 at 19:22