Exporting charts

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To export the image of a chart select File: Export. This will open the Export Dialog.



chart export dialog


The chart can be saved in a number of different file formats:  Bitmap (*.bmp), Flex, JPEG (*.jpg), Metafile (*.emf),  PCX, PDF, PNG, GIF or Native (*.tee). Each file format has advantages and disadvantages.


The advantage of Enhanced Metafile is that, if pasted into, for instance, a Word document, it can be resized by dragging, without losing resolution. However, when a page containing a Metafile is printed as a PDF document, the results can sometimes be disappointing.
Bitmaps are a lossless method of saving; the stored file will not lose any of the original's detail. Because of this, bitmaps tend to be much larger than compressed files such as Enhanced Metafiles or JPEGs.
JPEGs are files which can be compressed to take up less space - useful if you wish to send one by email, put it on a website, or paste it in to a document. If they are compressed too heavily, they can lose resolution and detail, and spoil colours.
GIFs are also compressed files useful for web sites; they have a considerably smaller colour palette than JPEGs or BMPs; 256 colours, as opposed to many millions. This means that while a JPEG or BMP image can show a smooth gradation of colour (for instance in a graded background), saved as a GIF image, it will appear broken up into jagged zones of colour. GIF images are therefore better suited to images showing large discrete blocks of single colours.
PDF is the Adobe Acrobat file format and is an excellent compressed format if you plan to produce a document in a pdf format.
The Native (*.tee) format saves all the chart attributes, and the data series, rather than the image itself. This means that you can save the chart, and open it again at a later date to edit it, using the free TeeReader software supplied on the installation CD. Tee files tend to be very small indeed; often less than 1KB.


The Export dialog can also be used to export the data shown on the chart - click on the Data tab.


You can also copy a chart to the Windows clipboard using the Copy button on the graphics toolbar.


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