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Best Formats for Your Tecplot Images

Choosing the best formats for your Tecplot images may not be the highest priority for many scientists and engineers. But it definitely is considered important. After all, it would be a shame to spend all of that time carefully analyzing your results and making those oh-so-pretty plots only to have them look less-than-stellar outside of Tecplot products where everyone will see them.

Sharing Your Results Onscreen

If your primary intent is to share your results onscreen in the form of a presentation, an email or informal report, we recommend the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format. The image file size is small but the quality is indistinguishable from the original plot. Also, the file format is highly compatible with operating system image viewers, office applications, email applications and web browsers.

Publishing Tecplot Images in Print

If your primary intent is to publish the image either digitally as a PDF or physically as a printed piece, we recommend the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format. While PNG is a pixel-based image, EPS is a vector image. EPS maintains its smooth definition when scaled. The Windows Metafile (WMF) format also is recommended for Windows-only applications. The only two downsides with EPS and WMF files are that they don’t support translucency and file sizes can be large.

One caveat when exporting in WMF format: Gridlines need to have a thickness of 0.2 or more to be visible on an exported WMF plot.

To export plot images in Tecplot 360, choose the Export option from the File menu. If you want more information on the available exporting options, click on the Help button at the bottom of the export dialog.

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