[texhax] Graphs from Excel into LaTeX

Philip G. Ratcliffe philip.ratcliffe at uninsubria.it
Wed Sep 22 11:23:16 CEST 2004

> The problem: most of
> my results are Graphs in Excel and as you can see in the attached
> pdf, they don´t show even close to nice in LaTeX! :(

That's probably because the output graphics files are of horrible quality.

> What am I doing wrong? - Or is it, that including a lot of excel-Graphs is
> not what LaTeX is made for?

In princple, there's absolutely no problem of this sort.

> Do you have any idea, how I can include graphics like the attached ones
> better than what I did?
> I would really appreciate some help as I will have to hand in the
> thesis in
> three weeks and am seriously considering dropping LaTeX for ordinary word
> (what I did not like in the beginning)

Hang on in there, it'll be well worth it!

Since M$ programmes almost never "export" kosher postscript files, your best
bet is probably to set up a printer that outputs pdf to a file (you can do
this following the fairly simle instructions provided by ghostscript (look
under redmon on their web page) and creating a redirected port.  The pdf
file created should then be of good quality and will import into LaTeX files
easily if (and only if) you are using pdflatex (as you presumably are).

Cordialmente,  Philip G. Ratcliffe

P.S.  I'd be interested to know just how you were exporting your graphics.
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