R/General Information on Plotting

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Graphics Devices

R plots can be produced in the graphical user interface and viewed there or saved in various formats. However, it can be useful (especially when using LaTeX) to produce figures in R directly as a pdf file. To learn more about this option, get help on ?pdf within R.

Animation

The basic idea is to write out a sequence of pdf files (i.e. myfile0.pdf, myfile1.pdf, myfile2.pdf, ...) from R, then stitch them together into an animation.

pdfanim

pdfanim is a package for LaTeX, so if you want your animation in a LaTeX document or already use LaTeX, this is a great way to go. Here's a sample file, fill in refname with how you want to refer to the animation, fileprefix with the file prefix (i.e. myfile) including relative path if necessary, and #files with how many files there are (assumed to be numbered starting with 0).

\documentclass[12pt]{article}

\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage[NoDocJS]{pdfanim}

\begin{document}

\PDFAnimation{refname}

\end{document}