Setting options for FDL export

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Options are set up on the 'Advanced' page of the Configuration dialogue for that format:
either choose FDL forms from the Options|Configuration|General dialogue (f8) then click the Advanced... button,
or click FDL options... from the File|Export dialogue (ctrl + E), see Exporting  files to FDL forms.

To set options for FDL export

1.Select render as graphic or select render all but text as graphic: see notes below.
2.Set the resolution for line drawing and images and for text positioning: 600dpi or 300dpi.
3.Select generate flowed text in FDL forms if you wish to make changes to the form later.
4.To import data tags, select from the 'Data tagging' options. The option MS Word will enter suitable delimiter characters for the start and end of fields. If you select Other you should type in the Field delimiters. Select None to clear any previous settings.

In addition, when you have finished setting up the options, you may also choose to create a Shortcut icon that uses all the options you have set by clicking Shortcut... (see Shortcuts - the easy way to construct a command line) or Click the Save button to retain these settings after you close the program.


FDL files may be rendered as a graphic only or as a graphic with text. The graphic only option will produce an accurate image from the file, including an image of the text, but cannot be used for extracting text for re-formatting. Exporting the file as graphic with text retains the text features (e.g. search) and consumes less memory. Some printer's drivers, however, effectively encrypt the text so that this option produces unusable muddled text.

If you are going to edit an FDL form using Page Designer you can combine the text into flowed paragraphs with spaces in between. If your PCL file contains tagged data, for example as created by Microsoft® Word, you can import the data names into the FDL form.

See also

Exporting files to FDL forms