Choose IDF Intelligent Document Format output format from the Options|Configuration dialog (f8) then click the Options... button on the 'General' page, or
Choose IDF Intelligent Document Format from the File|Export dialog (Ctrl E) – see IDF file export – then click Options...
|Click OK to accept the 'Options' page configuration.
EscapeE resumes displaying the 'General' page or the Export dialog.
|Set up the fields in 'Field definitions' panel:
|Use existing fields Tick to extract items based on the existing fields and their Type e.g. 'Text aligned right'.
|Delete existing fields Click to remove all existing field definitions (e.g. when enabling EscapeE to define the fields automatically). Confirmation is required before this action is carried out.
|Define fields automatically Tick to create new fields encompassing the items found on the current page. These field 'Types' may be recognized and set up automatically:
'Text aligned right',
If the Type of a field area is unspecified, anything in the area will be rendered as a 'Graphic' for export.
|Use same fields on each page Tick this if the document contains many similar pages which need to be treated alike.
The default is for this option to be deselected, so any fields generated automatically are defined for the current page only.
|Show Fields form When this option is ticked The Field dialog is opened to show the definitions of the fields created on each page. This enables you to edit any definitions before the page is output.
Click OK to step to the next page's field definitions. When the fields for the last page are displayed, clicking OK closes the Field dialog.
See also Editing an IDF document.
|In the 'Options' panel:
|Show lines Tick to include fields for representing any lines or drawn paths on the page.
|Show graphics Tick to include fields for representing any graphics on the page.
|Use same options for each page Tick this if the document contains many similar pages which need to be treated alike: this dialog will not be shown for subsequent pages.
|Set up distances, measured in 1/600 inch units, in the 'Alignment and spacing' panel:
|X difference to be vertically aligned
Lines which end within this distance may be treated as 'Text aligned right'. It is the maximum difference between x coordinates for two lines, e.g. 3.
Line breaks will not be preserved.
|Click OK to complete the export or
click Cancel to abort the export and return to the document on display in the EscapeE window.
Any JPEG-compressed images will be saved as JPEGs on export to IDF. See also JPEG compression options.