converting images from visio to gimp


Is there a way to quickly highlight a few diagrams in visio and then paste them in gimp without data loss? I usually have to do a print screen then paste into gimp but that adds blurriness when making the image smaller.

What's the best way i can go from visio diagram to gimp without data loss , specially if i will be referencing the image in a document in a smaller size format ?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Lucky,

As you've discovered, you cannot retain image quality with a screen capture, such as with the PrintScreen key (or via any screen capture software). That's because you're capturing the screen's pixels, not the actual hi-res image.

I don't use Visio, so I won't be able to help you in a definitive way, but I use lots of imaging software (including GIMP), and in most of them, I can copy the image to the clipboard (such as Edit>Copy) and then do this in GIMP:

From Clipboard

I just tested this with IrfanView. I loaded a hi-res image (1519x2127 pixels, 24-bit color) and did an Edit>Copy. Then I did a File>Create>From Clipboard in GIMP and the image came right in with its hi-res settings intact. I suspect you can do the same thing in Visio, but can't test it here since I don't have Visio. But I think it's worth a try for you.

In terms of multiple diagrams at once, it depends on what happens when you Select/Copy them in Visio. You may have to do one at a time — I don't know. But one thing for sure is that this technique will go to GIMP without data loss. Regards, Joe

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
Have you tried this:
-    On the File menu, click Publish as PDF or XPS.
-    In the File Name list, type or select a name for the drawing.
-    In the Save as type list, click PDF.
You can open PDF files in GIMP!
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