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Utility to compare chart images converted using Microsoft Excel and Syncfusion XlsIO

Platform: WinForms |
Control: XlsIO |
.NET Framework: 4

Chart comparison utility is a c# project developed to compare images of charts converted using Microsoft Excel and Syncfusion XlsIO. This article explains the steps to run the utility.


Assemblies Required

  • Syncfusion.XlsIO.Base.dll
  • Syncfusion.Compression.Base.dll
  • Syncfusion.ExcelChartToImageConverter.dll
  • Syncfusion.SfChart.WPF.dll
  • Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.dll


Refer the assemblies to project


  • Install XlsIO assemblies with NuGet - In Visual Studio, select Tools -> NuGet Package Manager -> Package Manager Console and execute the below command for the Console project.


Install-package Syncfusion. ExcelChartToImageConverter.WPF45 –source http://nuget.syncfusion.com/windows-forms/


Note: The number at the end of the NuGet package name represents .NET Framework version. In the above command "Syncfusion. ExcelChartToImageConverter.WPF45" represents the XlsIO libraries for .NET Framework 4.5 (Syncfusion. ExcelChartToImageConverter.WPF40 represents the libraries for .NET Framework 4.0 respectively).


  • Interop assembly can be referred from its installed location.

For Ex.: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Visual Studio Tools for Office\PIA\Office14\Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.dll


Steps to run the application

  1. Run the Visual Studio project, which shows the below window.

Charts comparison utility


  1. Browse an Excel file with charts to compare or drag and drop the file into the application to load the charts in the workbook for comparison.

Utility loaded with charts of an Excel document


  1. Double-click any image to view in it’s actual pixels.


Image in actual pixels



i) Excel documents without chart will throw a message “Workbook has no chart!”.

ii) Excel document with more charts can be compared by scrolling down the charts as shown in the below screen shot.


System Requirements

  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 or above
  • Visual Studio 2010 or above

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