This is a question mostly for non-Latex users.
What is your preferred saving format from matplotlib that you use in OpenOffice or a similar open office tool? A format that looks good on both screen and printed output. In my experiences so far I have found getting the best quality outputs from PDF files (using the highest quality settings in matplotlibrc). It wins over eps, ps, and png outputs both on screen and printed texts.
I was able to get somewhat good looking results from eps files. However never managed to get them looking pretty on screen -neither when I imported them in OpenOffice Writer as image objects nor in print-outs. This defeats my purpose since they should look good on screen in ODF files because my writings will be reviewed by other people. (EPS files looks non-readable in ODF files) PDF files are easiest to create – I exactly get what I see on screen. EPS and PS always seems different --requiring plotting setup I suppose.
PDF files are better, but my OpenOffice Writer 3.1.1 can’t import them as image objects --although the Impress tool can do and looks shiny beautiful. PNG’s both work in Writer and Impress even though they don’t look as good as PDF files --due to their rasterized nature get some blurriness and lose some quality when I re-size them.
Enough story from me. Do you have any suggestions/comments for these issues --besides switching to Latex What are your preferred ways of using plots in non-Latex editors?