Publication quality graphics (PDF/SVG image export)

Download as PDF/SVG

Genome Workbench offers views for various data, and a user can always perform a screen capturing to save the current image. This approach has certain limitations because the saved image cannot be scaled without loss of quality (pixilation). PNG, JPEG, and other pixel image formats are therefore not suitable for publishing purposes and it is also hard to produce high quality posters from captured images. To solve this problem we offer export to PDF and SVG formats.

PDF is a document and vector image format developed by Adobe Systems. PDF-based graphics can be scaled and printed to any target resolution.

SVG is a vector graphic format based on XML and is used to display a variety of graphics on the Web and other environments. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium.

You can use the File/Save as PDF (SVG) functionality for views like Multiple Sequence Alignment view, Tree view, and other.

If that functionality is not available for some particular view - it will show disabled (grayed out) in the File menu.

Step 1: Load a molecule in Graphical Sequence View

Open a molecule of interest in the Graphical Sequence View.

Zoom to the desired region.

Step 2: Use Save to PDF

While keeping the GSV as the current view expand the File drop-down menu

Save as PDF command

Use the Save as PDF command to show the "Save Image As PDF" dialog.

Save as PDF dialog

Save Image as PDF Dialog has the following options:

  • Save As box allows you to specify the location of the saved file
  • Sequence Range is currently set to the the range you are zoomed to, you can specify different start and end points. At this point you can set the Sequence Range to be exactly as you want it. It is important to note that Genome Workbench will try to keep the resolution or zoom level the same as you see it on the screen. This means that the exported PDF may be significantly larger than the displayed screen size.
  • Simplified Graphics checkbox allows you to avoid using gradient shading
  • Add Title Bar checkbox allows to add title bar to the document with sequence name and range

Click Save & Open button to save the file and automatically open it using your default PDF Viewer, or Save button just to save it.

PDF Viewer can break the target image into pages and print it in native resolution supported by your printing hardware.

Step 2A: Use Save to SVG

While keeping the GSV as the current view expand the File drop-down menu

Save as SVG command

Use the Save as SVG command to show the "Save Image As SVG" dialog.

Save as SVG dialog

Save Image as SVG Dialog has the following options:

  • Save As box allows you to specify the location of the saved file
  • Sequence Range is currently set to the the range you are zoomed to, you can specify different start and end points. At this point you can set the Sequence Range to be exactly as you want it. It is important to note that Genome Workbench will try to keep the resolution or zoom level the same as you see it on the screen. This means that the exported SVG may be significantly larger than the displayed screen size.
  • Simplified Graphics checkbox allows you to avoid using gradient shading
  • Add Title Bar checkbox allows to add title bar to the document with sequence name and range

Click Save & Open button to save the file and automatically open it using your default SVG Viewer, or Save button just to save it.

Current Version is 3.6.0 (released March 04, 2021)

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Last updated: 2020-05-14T14:10:58Z