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I have a Google spreadsheet with data from which I've created a few charts using the built-in charting tool. Now, I'd like to download these charts in a format I can use in a PDF document I create locally (I would prefer pdf, but png is OK too).

However, when I select the chart and choose "Save image" I get a low-resolution png, in which my font choices are not enforced (they look fine in the online version).

How do I download the charts as (preferrably vectorized) images in high quality?

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Try converting the page using the "Save as PDF" Chromium add-on. It converts the chart to vectorised PDF. Next, open it up in Inkscape, which converts the PDF to SVG directly. There you can remove all the messy stuff from the add-on and voilà! You can now save it to PDF again or keep it in SVG.

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It looks like there is nothing you can do from the options that they give you, since the build in functionality to Save Image or Copy Chart, results to a low-resolution images.

A wild idea would be to do the following (if you really want to have a high-res result, but this is not something that you could do for many charts):

  • Click on Publish Chart
  • Choose Interactive Chart
  • Copy it
  • Paste it in a blank .html file
  • Put in Public Dropbox Folder
  • And you'll get a chart like this one
  • Maximize your window
  • Get a screenshot

You could take it to another level if you want, by zooming that page, getting several screenshots and gluing them all together for a very hi-resolution result (the zooming thing if you'll try to do it from the Google Docs UI you'll get a nice little error):

hi-res screenshot

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Although this is really not what I wanted to hear, I suppose it answers my question: What I wanted to do (download high-res plots generated in Google Spreadsheets, many times) does not seem to have a good solution then, but it's an interesting suggestion for a workaround. Not something I'll use though - it's too much work. I'll have to resort to some other plotting tool instead. –  Tomas Lycken Mar 27 '12 at 0:32
    
@TomasLycken What about downloading the file as .xls and then opening it with Microsoft Excel..?! Still not the best but it could work.. –  Lipis Mar 27 '12 at 1:00
    
Two problems with that: 1) I don't have Microsoft Excel, and I don't want to buy it just to do this. 2) I tried doing that with OpenOffice Calc, but it turned out the graphs weren't very compatible so I had to re-do all the graphing and then it took a lot more work to make it look as nice. I doubt Excel would do much different than OpenOffice... –  Tomas Lycken Mar 27 '12 at 2:36

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