[IPython-dev] High-quality pdf output (pdflatex) directly from notebooks

Matthias BUSSONNIER bussonniermatthias at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 14:28:56 EDT 2012

Le 3 août 2012 à 20:19, Ondřej Čertík a écrit :

> Hi,
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 1:02 AM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> This pdf file:
>> http://archive.ipython.org/tmp/IntroNumPy.pdf
>> was produced without a single manual change, straight from the
>> notebook in the tarball next to it.  We're getting to the point where
>> we can really produce very nice PDFs straight from the notebook!
>> If you want to see this in master, please come along and help with the
>> code review (it also has the instructions to reproduce it yourself):
>> https://github.com/ipython/nbconvert/pull/12
>> I hope we'll have this moved over soon, so we can polish it further
>> and can make notebooks part of a regular publishing workflow.
>> Ouch, my wrists hurt now.  But it was a weekend well spent, I think...
> Would it be possible to somehow add this as a menu item "File ->
> Download as -> pdf", just like in Google Docs?
> This is where I first looked. Then I did "Print Preview", then print
> in Chrome, then I had to click print using system dialog, there I set
> to print to pdf and finally I got the pdf.

It is planed, but we want nbconvert to cleaner before merging. 

> So I searched this list and found that you already implemented a
> solution in the nbconvert project. I just tried it and it works out of
> the box in Ubuntu. Few comments:
> 1) Sometimes it might be useful to allow the user to keep the In[1],
> Out[1] lines, so that it is clear what is going on.

You could open an issue for it on nbconvert repo.

> 2) The images in my notebook are saved as png, and then they look ugly
> in pdf, as they are enlarged...
> Fernando, how did you tell the ipython notebook to save plots from
> matplotlib as svg? I can save
> svg image by "savefig('a.svg')", but the actual image in the notebook
> is still png.

%config InlineBackend.figure_format = 'svg'
at run time
… or in your profile….

> Thanks for all the hard work. I am now using the IPython notebook
> pretty much regularly whenever I need to do some interactive work.
> Today I just created a pdf (using my long way through the system print
> dialog above) and sent it to my collaborator. I like that the ipynb
> format is self-contained, I have them all checked in in my git
> repository. Eventually, as ipython notebook becomes more widespread,
> it should be enough to just send the .ipynb, right? Just like people
> send around Mathematica .nb notebooks.

We hope so :-) 

> Ondrej
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