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Excel Chart as a graphic

Posted on 1998-10-29
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I want to work with an Excel chart as a vector graphic in Illustrator or Freehand or some vector drawing program. I know how to get spreadsheet information into chart format and save it as an eps through Quattro, Deltagraph, Illustrator and loads of other programs, but I want to know how to get a chart created in Excel by some braindead computer user who can't be bothered to use a decent graphics program and then have it placed in Quark as a resolution independent graphic, or if a bitmap, then I need to be able to set a variable resolution, and I want to be able to edit in a vector drawing program. The solution has to be cross platform capable.
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gormenghast earned 50 total points
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Hi
From Excel select the chart and then choose "Print". In the print dialog select destination as "File" in the next dialog choose EPS from the popup menu to save the chart as an EPS. Illustrator will then be able to open this file as vectors. (Freehand 8 did not open as vectors but as placed EPS).
Or instead of printing to EPS print to PDF instead which can then be opened as vectors by either Freehand or Illustrator.
Or if you are unhappy with the vectorisation use an application such as Adobe Streamline to vector the EPS yourself.
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1. I like the ability of selecting the file and then printing it as an eps.
2. Print as PDF is a reasonable option but I can't accept that because I can't rely on the client following instructions and producing an error free pdf across platforms
3. Streamline is too labor intensive, might as well get a decent charing application that exports eps.

I like option number one, but before I accept it I need to confirm it on Windows and Mac platforms. I will get confirmation November 3 or 4.

Thanks.
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