Exporting files to PDF

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To export files to PDF

1.Choose Export... from the 'File' menu.
2.Select the page range you want to export.
3.Select Discard file list if you want same-named files to be overwritten - see File List.
4.Choose PDF as the 'Format'.
5.A filename (with extension .PDF) and folder are supplied. To create a different filename or extension, type in the new name or use wildcards. To select a different folder to store the file, use the Browse button.
6.Click PDF options... to set more options for export.
7.Tick the Force monochrome checkbox if required.
8.Tick Run the associated program after creating the file if you want EscapeE to open the file immediately using your preferred program, e.g. Adobe Acrobat.
9.If you have data fields set up in the document, select the format for the Log file. See Options for the Log file.
10.Click OK to export the pages.
Tip: When viewing the PDF output in Adobe Acrobat, you may need to turn off Smooth text and monochrome images from the 'File | Preferences' menu.


PDF [Portable Document Format] is an archive format that can be viewed directly with a browser and creates documents that can be searched for text strings. The disadvantage is that it may not be an exact image of the original document, as Adobe Acrobat has a mechanism for mimicking fonts in PDF files. If you are not happy with the appearance of fonts in the output file, please contact RedTitan for more help with fonts.

Fields may be defined to enable the export of unfilled PDF forms using a number of special options: buttons, borders, checkboxes, editable boxes, lists. See 'Special fields for PDF export'.

There are command line options which enable the PDF document summary elements Title, Description, Author, and Keywords to be defined: see PDF document summary.

There are command line options for setting up preferences regarding the display of a PDF document: see PDF viewer preferences.

By default, EscapeE will use substitute fonts for any printer-resident fonts (e.g. Courier, CG Times and Univers) and any downloaded fonts will be converted to bitmap fonts and included in the PDF. These defaults can be changed - see To set more options for export. You can opt to create a Table of Contents from selected fields, or from tags, for example, special font definitions.

You can generate PDFs which have restricted access. There are two passwords: one to allow full ownership access including changing the security options, the other for general users. If the user password is specified and the owner password is omitted then there will effectively only be restricted access to the file. If the owner password is specified but no user password is given then the only way of accessing the file is with the owner password. If neither password is given then the file is not encrypted and is available to anyone. The password can be encrypted in the PDF to allow RedTitan to recover it if it is lost.

The capabilities for general users may be restricted to prevent:

Selection of text and graphics for copying to the clipboard
Changing the document
Adding or changing notes and form fields

See also

Export formats