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