Has there been updates to link an chart/graph from Excel into InDesign for ease?
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This resource might prove useful.
Some formatting does get thrown out.
If you need more, you may need to look at a plugin. Woodwing for example has one called Smart Connection.
importing a linked Excel file does not mean importing a chart graph from an Excel file.
As far as I can tell InDesign cannot do this. Never could. Also not with the current InDesign version 15.1.1.
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My approach to graphs from Excel is to export a PDF from Excel to capture the image of the graph. I place this PDF into InDesign.
A 2nd approach is to Save As the Excel spreadsheet as a simple .CSV file and use Illustrator's graph tools to import the data and build and decorate a graph. I then place this .AI file into InDesign.
We would all like a module within InDesign that builds graphs, of course, but such a feature does not yet exist.
If the chart contains only solid colors copy/paste works quite well.
So, it looks like there isn't an update yet! Darn! When building a rather large document, I would like the option to refresh the graph in InDesign and it grab any changes made in excel. The charts are always updating.
I used this for a while:
works great. However, anybody who wants to open the files has to have a copy installed with a license, it was expensive for us with a large team of users with indesign.