I copied and pasted 3 charts from 2 different Tableau files into one PowerPoint file. I then saved the PowerPoint file as a .PDF and did not experience what you describe. The chart looks like it did in Tableau.
Does this happen with all workbooks, or just the one you are working with. Does this happen with other Microsoft apps (Excel and Word can also save out in a .PDF format) and non-MS apps?
Thanks for your reply.
I get this behavior when I generate the PDF from inside powerpoint. I have powerpoint 2010, windows 7 machine.
If I use a pdf print program such as cute PDF printer, it do not get this problem (but I find that the quality of the PDF is much better when you generate the PDF with powerpoint's "create a pdf file" command.
I am attaching the tableau example file (I get the error with any tableau file), the powerpoint, the pdf generated with powerpoint and missing the last letter, and the pdf generated with cute pdf that does not have this issue but in my opinion does not have the same definition.
At the end I went for the quality and took off all the title from my Tableau charts, and inserted the title as text into the powerpoint. But it would be better if it worked
Apologies for the late response. I wanted to let you know that I can duplicate the issue with your Tableau file and sending it out to PowerPoint 2007 to save as a PDF, and I can also recreate the issue when pasting into Excel 2007 and save as a PDF.
In doing some further testing, it appears that the issue is in how the image is pasted into PowerPoint. I tried different paste special options to bring in the image to PowerPoint and Excel. It appears that when the paste option is set to a Metafile option (Enhanced or Windows), the problem appears; but if the paste special option is a Bitmap option (Bitmap or Device Independent Bitmap), the problem is not observed when saving the PowerPoint as a PDF file.
My suggestion would be to perform a Paste Special in PowerPoint and choose Device Independent Bitmap or Bitmap.
See attached files for results.
You could export the viz as .EMF (windows enhanced metafile - vector based) image not doing copy/paste task and then import the .emf image in powerpoint.
Patch your tableau desktop with the last release, before trying emf route.