How to ensure the picture quality when converting to PDF?

We recommend using Office built-in option for creating PDF as we cannot ensure quality with 3rd party programs (including Adobe).

MS Office

Saving charts in an Office document

In Office, go to:

  • File > Save as, or File > Export in Office 2010 and later.
  • Select PDF from the list of available file formats.

Exporting this way uses the Microsoft Office built-in PDF converter and is often the best way to export Macrobond charts.

Depending on the document content and software settings the quality may differ between users. If you are not satisfied with the results, try the options below.

Using the Microsoft Print to PDF feature

If you are using Windows 8 or later, you can use the function called Microsoft Print to PDF. This is a conversion tool built into the operating system that can be accessed from any software supporting printing, including Macrobond. Note that the feature does not print a physical document but simply 'prints' a PDF version of the document.

To use the function, simply choose Print to PDF when printing in the software of your choice.


Adjusting line color and transparency in Adobe Acrobat

If you are using Adobe Acrobat and experience more pronounced lines than you would like, try adjusting the software settings.

Adobe Acrobat automatically 'enhances' very thin lines which especially impacts dotted and dashed lines. You can try to turn this feature off by going to Edit > Preferences > Page Display > Rendering and unchecking Enhance thin lines.

Modifying the size of the chart before exporting

The size of the chart will impact the end result. This can be modified by going to the Chart view size tab above your chart and specifying the desired size.

For more information: How to set custom chart size to a chart?