Using Arc and Open Office on Math Department Computers
CAUTION: Things change on math department computers, so
configurations, defaults, etc. might be different from what is here.
The math department computer labs are Unix based and use the Linux
operating system. The desktop configuration may vary from lab to lab or
computer to computer, so the best thing to do is to ask someone in the
lab how to use the computer, then experiment with help, etc. until you
get familiar with the system.
Arc: To run Arc, type in a terminal window:
(Depending on which computer you are using, one way to get a terminal
window is to go to Debian on the Applications menu, then XShells, then
The Arc Unix interface is a little less user friendly than the Mac or
Windows interfaces, but is close enough that the instructions in the
textbook will still apply with at most minor modifications. The main
difference are that
the terminal window will become the arc window,and another window ,
"Menu Bar" will appear.
To load a file:
Note that new menus will appear next to the Arc
Use these to work with the data set.
- Select "load" in the Arc menu (which appears right below the
"close" box). (Caution: You may have to move the cursor
below "load" then back up. This seems to be an idiosyncrasy of the
- Click "Check Data Directory" in the dialogue box that appears.
- Double click "ARCG"
- Click "Update/Open File"
- Click on the name of the desired file.
- Click "Update/Open File"
To quit, go to "quit" in the Arc menu.
To run Open Office:
On the Applications menu,
go to the "Office" menu, then to "Openoffice.org Word Processor"
The first time you run the command, you may be asked to go through an
installation procedure. Just click "next" or "OK" using whatever the
default selections are.
Use Open Office just as you would Microsoft Office.
Copying from Arc to Open Office:
Copying text: Highlight the text you want to copy from Arc, and use Copy from the Edit menu. You can then paste to an Open Office
document as in Microsoft Word, or by clicking the middle mouse button.
Copying graphics: To copy a graphic from Arc, use Save to File
from the Menu menu in the window of the graphic . If you do not give a
the file, it will be saved as a postscript file named image.ps. To
the graphic into Open Office, you need to convert it to either png or
format. To convert to png format, type in terminal window (not
the window in which Arc is running):
convert filename.ps newfilename.png,
where "filename" is the name of the saved postscript file and
"newfilename" is the name you wish to call the new png file, and press Enter. You can
convert to jpg analogously. You may need to experiment with which works
best for you.
To insert the graphic into Open Office, go to
Picture on the Insert menu of Open Office, then to From File. The
graphic file should be in your home directory. Select "All formats"
under "file type" if necessary.
Once you have selected the file, click "Open" to insert it. You can
or resize the graphic after you have inserted it into the Office Office
but other changes such as background color or removing plot controls
to be done before saving it from Arc. You may need to experiment with
either in Arc or in Open Office to get the complete graphic to insert.