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back, Stanford Graphics might be worth looking at for a presen-
tation package for a PC.  Strong point being its graphing 
capability.  We have Slide Write, and it too can be made to
work.  Useful if you need graphs with error bars.  Getting
output to film recorder or service bureau for your slides
can be trying. Adobe Illustrator is a good general package, and
essentially gives you PostScript output, so your slides should
look good.
|Glenn Holm                         Internet:karuzis at|
|M.I.T Dept. of Brain + Cog. Sci.   This VAX doesn't do NeXTmail |
|Cambridge, MA 02139       "Real Neuroscientists don't do gels!" |
From:     CLVAX1::WINS%"<KARUZIS at>" 24-DEC-1992 17:06:10.39
     From Glenn Holm
we have slide write 4.0 for DOS.  our problem is a film recorder that's
in another lab connected to a Macintosh, and the software only wants
PICT or 24-bit TIFF files.  conversion and porting has been a pain.  a
film recorder supported by slide write hooked to your machine should 
be easy.  but i'm tending to think the really best results may be if
you use PostScript.  Slide Write (and most end-user film recorders) don't.
So, if quality is at a premium, i'd use a program like Illustrator that
does PostScript and send to a service bureau that can handle it.  I never
succeeded in getting text without jaggies on the MAC system.
true, Illustrator isn't a graphing program, but when i needed to make some
bar charts with bars that partially overlapped (to save space), i had to
redraw them in Canvas on the Mac (similar to Illustrator) and manually
size the bars and error bars. i don't know if slide write 5 would do this,
or stanford graphics or whatever. don't even know of a spreadsheet that
does error bars.  some other labs use sigma plot.  i guess nothing ever does
everything you want.
Thanks Glenn
     I did not find a copy of Stanford Graphics to look at.  As for
SlideWrite, the current version is 5.0 for DOS, and 2.0 for Window is coming
out soon.  It does output TIFF files upon request, and the sample slides I
saw look good (no jaggies).  In addition, most of the draw functions in
programs like Illustrator are in the Windows version of SlideWrite.
From:     CLVAX1::WINS%"<gchacko at>" 23-DEC-1992
     From: George W Chacko 
Hi Lenny:
     I used Slidewrite 4 Plus recently for a presentation and made 35mm
slides using a Lasergraphics film recorder and got excellent slides
using yellow on blue. However, the Windows version is slow taking 
about 20 minutes per slide and that is the major defect in this
program. The laser printer and plotter output is also quite
reasonable. It seems to be able to import hpgl and tiff formats
although I couldn't get it to do that myself. I was told that Canvas
2.0 on a Mac is another good alternative. It doesn't seem to be able
to generate Postscript output.
     Hope this helps...G
Thanks George
     I found the windows version of SlideWrite to be much more powerful, and
run at about the same speed as the DOS version on my 386-DX25 (Windows runs
slow on some less powerful computers).
From:     CLVAX1::WINS%"IBELGAUFTS at genmic" 28-D

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