In 14 Misconceptions About Charts and Graphs Jorge Camoes writes that he prefers the look of Excel 2007 charts to those in 2003. Jorge admits that he doesn’t use Excel 2007 to actually draw his charts, but he reopens his file in Excel 2007 and uses the charts as they are rendered by the new graphics engine.
I didn’t think I agreed with Jorge, but to be fair I singled out one of my files to take a closer look. I opened the file in Excel 2003 and exported a number of charts using my Enhanced Export Chart Procedure. Then I reopened the file in Excel 2007, and exported the same charts. I looked at the charts side by side, and I still prefer the Excel 2003 rendering.
Each of the following pairs of charts shows the 2003 chart above the 2007 chart.
The markers and lines of the 2007 chart series is fuzzy compared to the 2003 chart series. This is probably due to overaggressive antialiasing. I’d rather have the series appear crisp, even if the lines are more jagged/
This 2007 chart has a fuzzy chart series. In addition, the right edge of the chart has been truncated. This truncation is not an artifact of exporting the chart: it was present in the live chart as well.
Again, the 2007 chart series are fuzzy. Why should my charts make me feel that I need new eyeglasses?
Not only are the chart series in the 2007 chart blurry, the markers are larger than in the 2003 original, and the legend font has been somehow distorted.
Sorry, Jorge, we don’t see eye to eye. I do agree that creating and formatting charts in Excel 2003 is much easier. But I don’t think 2007 charts look any better than their 2003 counterparts. The data is blurred, the markers may be increased in size, the fonts may be distorted. Some spacing around the margins of the charts may be altered, usually inconsequentially, but occasionally resulting in cropping of chart elements.