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PDF opens in AI with text changed to gibberish

May 5, 2011 4:49 PM

I'm trying to import some labelled pie charts I made, in Excel 2011, into AI CS5. I want to edit the art and text in Illustrator (vectors, natch). The pies and lines come in just fine, but the text is garbled.


If I do any of the following, the text from Excel comes in as garbled, scrambled gibberish:

 

  • Copy a chart in Excel, then paste into AI
  • Save Excel Spreadsheet as PDF, then Place it in AI
  • Save Excel Spreadsheet as PDF, then drag & drop it into AI
  • Print just a selected "Print Area" in Excel to PDF, then Place it in AI
  • Print just a selected "Print Area" in Excel to PDF, then drag & drop it into AI


Have you ever solved this problem, or a similar one?


Do you have any ideas that might help me?


 
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    May 5, 2011 4:58 PM   in reply to mapsnmad

    Change the font used in the Excel chart to something else on your  machine. Right-click on the chart and select Format Chart Area. Go to  the Font atb (at the bottom) and change it from Calibri (Theme Body) [Or  whaterver it says] to something like Arial. Then recopy and paste the  chart.

     
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