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Can't output .EMF images with ODS

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Can't output .EMF images with ODS

I am using SAS9.2, and I have some picture files of charts (not produced with sasgraph) in both .emf and .png format. I would like to drop them all into a single file to email out. I have tried ods rtf/pdf/html output all for both. PNG images are too grainy in each ODS destination to read text overlaid on the charts, and I receive the following errors for .EMF depending on the ODS destination. Any help would be much appreciated! Ultimately I am relatively indifferent to printing to pdf, html or rtf as long as I can size the images appropriately and have them be readable.

  • ODS PDF
    • .emf pictures give "unable to load image" error. One of the three says "the absolute region was too small to accommodate the text supplied. output was lost"
  • ODS HTML
    • .emf pictures don't give an error in log but don't show up in the output report.
  • ODS RTF
    • .emf pictures cause error. says image type is unsupported or file is corrupted.

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I am using a dummy dataset and preimage to print the images (code snippet below):

options orientation=landscape;

ods html file="&Output\testreport.html" style=HighContrast;

ods layout start columns=1 column_widths=(7in);

data dummy; x='"'; run; /*dummy data file to print chart images as backgrounds to empty proc report pages*/

proc report data=dummy nowd; Title; column x; define x /'' style=[preimage="&picturespath.&fuelpricechart.&reportdate.&ext."]; run;

proc report data=dummy nowd; Title; column x; define x /'' style=[preimage="&picturespath.&stockpricechart.&reportdate.&ext."]; run;

proc print data=dataset1;

Title "Title for Dataset1";

run;

ods html close;

ods layout end;

Max

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Re: Can't output .EMF images with ODS

You might try ODS TAGSETS.MSOFFICE2K but I'm guessing here.

I would try a very basic document with no options or layout to start.

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Re: Can't output .EMF images with ODS

Hi:

  I saw -almost- the same thing. PDF gave me an error message:

ERROR: Image file type is not supported, or corrupted file.

ERROR: Unable to load image c:\temp\kermit.emf.

ERROR: Unable to load image c:\temp\kermit.emf; default image will be used instead.

NOTE: There were 1 observations read from the data set WORK.DUMMY.


The RTF file did not contain any images.

I was able to get an HTML file with a valid IMG tag for both pictures. I used slightly different syntax than you did. IMAGE_DPI didn't seem to have any impact on how the pictures looked.

I put in the same file twice (KERMIT.EMF) -- the resolution was not good - -certainly, it didn't look as good in the HTML file as the original HTML file.

Below is the code I used. You say that these pictures were created by some other process. You might try annotating them into a new image using SAS/GRAPH Annotate facility. Or you might try working with Tech Support on this question. I'm not sure that using PROC REPORT is the right approach. But if there is a way to do what you want, Tech Support will be able to point you in the right direction. And if there's not a way to do what you want, they will save you a lot of failed attempts.

I put my image in c:\temp\kermit.emf and wrote my output there, too.

cynthia

data dummy;
  x = '_';
run;
    
ods html path='c:\temp' (url=none) file="showkermit.html"
     style=HighContrast ;
 
Title "Title for Dataset1";
 
proc report data=dummy nowd noheader
  style(report)={outputwidth=100% rules=none frame=void
                 cellspacing=0
                 preimage="kermit.emf"};
column x;
define x /''
   style(column)=[background=white just=c
                  foreground=white
                  preimage="kermit.emf"];
run;
 
ods _all_ close;
 
ods rtf file='c:\temp\showkermit.rtf' ;
ods pdf file='c:\temp\showkermit.pdf' ;
Title "Title for Dataset1";

proc report data=dummy nowd noheader
  style(report)={outputwidth=100%
                 preimage="c:\temp\kermit.emf"};
column x;
define x /''
   style(column)=[background=white just=c
                  foreground=white
                  preimage="c:\temp\kermit.emf"];
run;

ods _all_ close;
  

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