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Generating PDFs of excel charts - automation

I have an Excel work sheet with 20 line charts. Each chart has its own legend.

I want to "print' each chart to a PDF file. (for inclusion into a ID project).  Is there VBA that can do this. The treename of each PDF woud be in a cell near the upper right of each chart.

Thank you,
Don OHara
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btdownloads7Commented:
Well, it's technically not a part of VBA, but you can get a 3rd-party program that will do it, and as long as it supports commandline options, you can issue a shell command in VBA that will generate the PDF.

GhostScript is a free program that can do it, and you can run everything from the commandline.
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sg08234Commented:
My preferred tool is: PDFCreator

Commandline options: see http://www.pdfforge.org/content/command-line-parameters
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terencinoCommented:
If you have Office 2007 or above you can select the chart, then save as PDF to a file name of your choice. Here is some sample code that will cycle through every embedded chart in your worksheet and save to a folder of your choice. Just change the chart_folder. Make sure the chart name is in the cell above the top left corner of the chart, or just modify the code to suit where it is. The chart treename(?) shouldn't include any characters like : ? | / \ etc

Sub Chart_to_PDF()
Dim c As ChartObject
chart_folder = "C:\test\"
For Each c In ActiveSheet.ChartObjects
    chart_file_name = chart_folder & ActiveSheet.Range(c.TopLeftCell.Address).Offset(-1, 0).Value & ".PDF"
    c.Activate
    ActiveSheet.ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:=chart_file_name
Next c
End Sub

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...Terry
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donohara1Author Commented:
Thanks Terry for your response.
I placed the VBA code in my excel workbook (attached). There are 3 charts on the Charts to PDF tab. I executed the macro and the first chart was created (attached), but then I got the error msg box  just after the first chart is sucessfully created. Are there other arguments to the Activesheet. export  function??

Please advise,  thank you very much for your help,

Don
Charts-Russell-MICROIndex-0113XX.xlsx
Error-msg-file.docx
Index1.PDF
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terencinoCommented:
Hi Don, yes that is a minor problem just the location of the chart. The second and third charts are only slightly over the cell with the file name in it, but that is enough to return a blank for the file name, which is causing the error. To align the charts with cells, hold down the Alt key while positioning the chart with your mouse, you will see that it "snaps" into position.

Another option is to use your chart title instead, I have updated the macro to use that here:
Sub Chart_to_PDF()
Dim c As ChartObject
chart_folder = "C:\test\"
For Each c In ActiveSheet.ChartObjects
    chart_file_name = chart_folder & c.Chart.ChartTitle.Text & ".PDF"
    c.Activate
    ActiveSheet.ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:=chart_file_name
Next c
End Sub

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...Terry
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donohara1Author Commented:
Well done and appreciated.
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