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Placing a Word doc into Indesign

Jun 15, 2013 11:10 AM

I am trying to place a word doc with a table and chart into an Indesign doc.  Everything (text and table) imports except for the chart.  What am I doing wrong? Thank you

 
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    Jun 15, 2013 12:14 PM   in reply to lwood@pvcc.edu

    How'd the chart get into Word?

     

    Bob

     
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    Jun 15, 2013 3:10 PM   in reply to lwood@pvcc.edu

    Could easily have been pasted from Excel. If that's the case they'd be in there with OLE and I'm guessing they won't wind up in ID. Do you have Word? If so, open the file and check it.

     

    Bob

     
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    Jun 15, 2013 3:18 PM   in reply to lwood@pvcc.edu

    Alternatively, try making a PDF from the word doc and in acrobat, export the charts as either EPs or PNG images. If you have office installed and they were ole objects you should be able to double click on them or click on them and choose to edit in excel. If so, you could PDF the charts from excel and place those in ID.

     

    Mike

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:22 AM   in reply to lwood@pvcc.edu

    Ok, slow down, catch your breath... When you place files or images into Indesign, you are only placing a link, not the actual file... Therefore, to save computing space, images are in low resolution... They will still print in the native or original resolution the file was created in.  There are a couple of ways to show the graphic in high resolution within CS6, right-click the graphic in question and at the bottom of the menu there should be an option to change it - but even still, it will print out in the imported resolution.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:35 AM   in reply to lwood@pvcc.edu

    You've got to realise the Microsoft Word is a typing tool and that InDesign is a Page Layout tool - it's not a tool for designing charts or things like that.

     

    Illustrator is the correct tool to create the charts in, and you place these Charts into InDesign as a link - InDesign is the page layout tool - it's not a content creator for your graphics. Although it has some facilities for basic tasks it's not the correct tool to use.

     

    With InDesign you have to have all the material as External sources - from your Text that is supplied, to raster images (like photos) to Illustrations/Charts and other things.

     

    inDesign combines all these items into the Page Layout and you make print ready files from InDesign.

     

     

     

    Baring that in mind - you will need to extract the Charts from the Word file and you will need to Place them as a Link into your page layout.

     

     

    I think Mikes solution is pretty good and wouldn't take any time at all - it would preserve the style and layout of the charts to be placed into InDesign.

     
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