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Exporting an Excel Chart to PNG using Win32::OLE

by Nalina (Monk)
on Mar 18, 2005 at 11:21 UTC ( #440667=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
Nalina has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi, I am using win32::OLE to draw chart in MS Excel & then exporting it to a png file. I was able to draw graph on excel & save it. but am getting an error while exporting it to the png file. Exporting part of the script is as follows.
use Win32::OLE qw(in with); use Win32::OLE::Const 'Microsoft Excel'; use Win32::OLE::Variant; use Win32::OLE::NLS qw(:LOCALE :DATE); use Win32::OLE; use Win32::OLE::Const; $Win32::OLE::Warn = 3; # die on errors... my $filter = 'PNG'; # can be GIF, JPG, JPEG or PNG $filename = "C:\\graph1.xls"; my $Excel = Win32::OLE->GetActiveObject('Excel.Application') || Win32::OLE->new('Excel.Application', 'Quit'); # use the Exc +el application if it's open, otherwise open new my $Book = $Excel->Workbooks->Open( $filename ); # open the fi +le foreach my $Sheet (in $Book->Sheets) { # loop through all shee +ts foreach my $ChartObj (in $Sheet->ChartObjects) { # loop throug +h all chartobjects in the sheet #$pngsave = join("",split(/\s+/,$graphtitle)); $dirpath = "c:\\ExcelTest"; mkdir ("$dirpath", 0777); my $savename = "$dirpath\\test" . ".$filter"; # Write image to PNG file $ChartObj->Chart->Export({ FileName => $savename1, FilterName => $filter, Interactive => 0}); } }
The error I get is
Win32::OLE<0.1701> error 0x800a03ec in METHOD/PROPERTYGET "Export" at C:\test.pl line 26
What does this mean?

Can anyone plz help me in resolving it?

20050328 Edit by castaway: Changed title from 'Perl &amp; Win32'

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Re: Perl & Win32
by mlh2003 (Scribe) on Mar 18, 2005 at 11:32 UTC
    Not sure if it was a typo in your code, but you define $savename in the innermost loop, but write to $savename1 (the FileName parameter) in the Export method when writing the image.
    _______
    Code is untested unless explicitly stated
    mlh2003

      Well spotted, this is of course why it says:

      Execute your scripts with perl -w and use strict - this catches most of your errors.
      in the Using OLE with Perl FAQ that comes with ActivePerl.

      /J\

Re: Perl & Win32
by gellyfish (Monsignor) on Mar 18, 2005 at 11:33 UTC

    This is possibly not really a Perl problem at all - as you can see - it appears to be a problem with the regional settings in Excel as described in these articles at MSDN.

    Update: It is likely that Re: Perl & Win32 is the actual reason behind this - the error number seems to be some generic Excel automation error.

    /J\

      The "Perl problem" is, IMO, turning these obscure Win32::OLE error messages into something far more informative.
        It would be difficult since errors of this kind are tunneled directly from the OLE engine. It's OLE's cryptic messages that should be fixed - then Win32::OLE will be fine.

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