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    Problem converting VSD to PDF (Office 2000)


    We have problems off and on converting from Visio to PDF, using either ActivePDF, or Acrobat (we have problems with both). There appears to be no rhyme or reason but it goes for weeks without working, then works, then doesn't for a few more weeks on the same computer and with the same document. The visio docs we use are inserted into Word, but we have the same problem converting even when we don't insert them into word.

    The only solution we have found is to use a Mac to do the conversion. We're not sure why this works, or if there's an easier way to resolve this problem, without changing to a Mac.

    The problem we see is that a flowchart converts diamonds and other shapes to random sizes, the fonts get very large, etc.

    Please let me know if you need more info. or can help!

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    Re: Problem converting VSD to PDF (Office 2000)

    I have also seen this problem sometimes in Word documents that include graphics from Visio. I believe it has something to do with the printer drivers but I'm not sure what exactly.

    The way I normally get around it is to save the Visio files into another format before inserting into Word. After I have tried EMF or WMF I might get desperate enough to save as a bitmap (usually a PNG) because I never get the problem from bitmaps. If your document is only printed on Postscript devices (PDF is postscript) then you might also try saving the graphic as an EPS before inserting it into Word.

    I haven't had the problem for a long time though and usually only see it when out at client sites when the deadline is tight so I haven't really explored the root cause of this issue.

    Let me know if you find the solution...
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Problem converting VSD to PDF (Office 2000)

    I ran into a similar problem while converting to PDF using Acrobat 6 & 7--so far the fix described below has worked for me.

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