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I've tried exporting a chart (I have over 50) from excel as .pdf format but the fonts get changed and blurry. It looks good as a .xps file but pdflatex does not recognise this format.

Any thoughts?



After a bit of reading I have worked out what is happening. The screen version of the pdf which excel exports is a raster image of the chart and looks terrible. However, the pdflatex compiled version looks actually quite good. Not sure why that is, anyone know?

SOLUTION This is the link where I found the how but not the why.

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closed as off topic by mafp, Werner, zeroth, Thorsten, Seamus Mar 6 '13 at 17:32

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I don't think this is a duplicate, but it might be off topic since the problem likely lies with Excel's PDF generation. I've had this problem before with Excel charts. – Alan Munn Mar 6 '13 at 16:58
If you have your data for the tables available as a text file (possibly CSV) then there are solutions to generate the charts directly from LaTeX. Doing it this route avoids inconsistencies in fonts and/or scaling. Furthermore, your charts will have a consistent look and feel. – Marc van Dongen Mar 6 '13 at 18:58
@user1134241 I'd also recommend pgfplots for plots, and using it will definitely save you time in the long run. – Marc van Dongen Mar 6 '13 at 22:34
@mafp The question was closed as off topic. Lots of LaTeX users used to use gnuplot to export eps and import them into LaTeX. "Missing characters in gnuplot generated eps while compiling pdf" (generating pictures with gnuplot) was considered on-topic. The user wants to know how to generate pictures with program X and use them in LaTeX. I'd find this on topic. Labelling the question as off-topic without explanation I find intimidating (but that's the system for u). – Marc van Dongen Mar 7 '13 at 5:03
@MarcvanDongen As I wrote, I did not vote for off topic. I even agree with you that the rules here are sometimes quite strict: recently a question how to reformat a bib file was closed as off topic, because "you can use bib files outside of LaTeX"! I also agree that an explanation why a question is off topic should be given, but tell that to the people who actually voted for off topic. – mafp Mar 7 '13 at 9:02