Click the question to show/hide the answerWhy when I print the PDF is the print-out not in the same size as the print-out of the pcl file?

This is because some PDF viewers resize the page to fit on the printable area of the paper, even when there is nothing printed in the border. Look in your PDF viewer's Print dialog for a check box such as "Shrink to Printable area". If this box is unchecked then the PDF should print at the original size.

Click the question to show/hide the answerCan I reduce the size of my PDF?

If the document uses several sizes of a font such as Times Roman then it is possible to set up substitute fonts – in particular Times Roman, Helvetica and Courier are always available. By not including these fonts in the PDF the size will be reduced. If you supply details of any scalable fonts to RedTitan® we can set up metrics which will allow Adobe Acrobat® to display a similar substitute font. Note that not including fonts in the document is a good way of reducing the size of the PDF in general but it will not work for unusual styles or scalable logos/signatures.

If there are pictures in the PDF then it may be worth changing the JPEG compression options in the PDF export options dialog so as to ensure that JPEG compression is used in the appropriate circumstances.
JPEG compression is best used for real-world photographs and for other images; if some loss of detail is acceptable, then try using 300 dpi graphics by selecting Resolution 300 in the PDF options.

Click the question to show/hide the answerWhy are some horizontal lines thicker than others when I use Adobe to view a PDF file converted from PCL?

Some PDF viewers display rounding errors at low magnification. Zoom in to the page and you will see that lines of equal thickness in the original and converted files will appear correctly in the viewer too. PCL® describes lines in terms of their position and thickness. EscapeE correctly maintains these parameters. Some PDF viewers, however, convert the lines to (PostScript®-style) outlines; thus a horizontal line fills the area between an upper and a lower boundary. Calculating the positions of these boundaries gives rise to rounding errors, which become particularly noticeable at low magnification. Vertical lines may display poorly for similar reasons.

Click the question to show/hide the answerWhen files are converted to PDF is the content of the PDF file 'text' or is it 'bit mapped'?

Any text in the input PCL® document will be output as text in the PDF document which EscapeE creates. Some drivers, however, output certain types of text as graphics, so if your input PCL file was created by one of these, the "text" may not be quite what it seems! If you want to check that the text really is in the PDF you can (temporarily) change the PDF options to output 'uncompressed' and to 'combine text strings together' and look at the PDF with a text editor.
If you prefer to have the text bitmapped, choose 'Render as a graphic' in PDF export options.

Click the question to show/hide the answerIs it possible to edit or extract text from the PDFs after they are created?

Any text in the original file will be present in the exported PDF file so a PDF editor would allow text editing and searching. It might be necessary to change the code conversion table for output from certain drivers – see Font display issues. RedTitan® can supply Plugins for EscapeE which enable you to edit the document before it is exported to PDF: see AddText plugin.

Click the question to show/hide the answerDoes EscapeE implement PDF security features?

Yes, EscapeE allows users to:

encrypt documents using digital certificates
set passwords for restricting access to documents
control selection, copying, editing and printing of the document or parts of the document.

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