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From Lakshmi Ramakrishnan <lakshminaarayana...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Creating charts from a 'template'
Date Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:49:57 GMT
I meant to say format of Template was .xlsm


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On Oct 4, 2012, at 9:47 PM, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan <lakshminaarayanan.r@gmail.com> wrote:

> Ive been in a similar situation.. But in my case, we had a template prepared by some
of my other team-mates, more familiar with excel. The template file was in format . It basically
expected raw data in a specific sheet and all formulas are based off of this "source" sheet.
> I just took this file, created an instance of workbook using xssfworkbook - searched
for this source sheet in this workbook and simply created rows and cols in this sheet, populated
> Remember to set workbook's recalculate-on-open (or something along those lines) to true
- it won't work without this.
> Some issues - cant reuse the instance.. Need to create new instance every time from the
template file. This operation is the biggest time and resource sink!
> Hope this helps!
> Lakshmi Ramakrishnan
> On Oct 4, 2012, at 8:28 PM, Mathew Johnston <mathew.johnston@telus.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I know (I think) that POI doesn't yet offer an XSSF API for chart 
>> manipulation, but, I figure that I don't really need one. Instead, 
>> I'm wondering if  this would be a reasonable approach:
>> 1. Using Excel, create a workbook with 'template' charts
>> 2. Open that workbook using POI
>> 3. For each chart I want to create
>> 3. a. Clone the relevant template into a new sheet
>> 3. b. Make note of the corresponding new Chart XML file name/number
>> 3. c. Write series data table into additional new sheets
>> 3. d. I can then open the XSLX ZIP and directly (programatically) edit 
>>     the chart XML file to update series references to point to the 
>>     new data sheet.
>> 4. User opens the workbook and it automatically updates the chart data 
>>     (I won't bother to edit cached values in the XML)
>> Does this seem like a viable approach? 
>> I'm totally new to POI, so I'm fairly unfamiliar with the API. My 
>> strategy depends on being able to blindly clone a chart object and 
>> any linked drawings (some of my charts have added connector lines 
>> drawn in them to provide a diagonal x=y guideline). 
>> I don't see an obvious way to duplicate a shape (I'm assuming I'm 
>> setting out to copy an XSSFShape?). How does one go about that? 
>> After that I'd need to identify the corresponding new Chart#.xml in 
>> the ZIP - possible?
>> Alternative approaches?
>> Thanks very much for any advice you can offer!
>> Mat
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