Export Layout - PDF

Export a print Layout to a PDF file. PDF is Portable Document Format, read by Adobe Acrobat Reader and other applications.


To export a layout to a PDF file:


1. Create the layout and open it.

2. Choose File - Export - Image.

3. In the Export dialog, browse to the folder in which the file is to be saved, choose a filename and in the Save as type box choose PDF file format. Press Save.

4. In the subsequent dialog, choose options desired and press OK.


Options for PDF export


Pixel resolution

Used to save images and surfaces that are in the layout. Resolution must be greater than 1 DPI and less than 7200 DPI. Default is 72 DPI.

Vector resolution

Used to save drawings and labels as well as layout elements such as text or horizontal and vertical lines. Resolution must be greater than 1 DPI and less than 7200 DPI. Default is 300 DPI. If saving for subsequent work in some other program before printing choose a Vector resolution setting that is the same as the resolution of the printer that will be used. If printing to a 600 DPI printer, for example, use 600 DPI.


Export only specified pages from a multipage layout.

Compress output

Use a compression algorithm to save space.

Convert text to vector shapes

When turned on (default), text elements are converted to vector shapes. When off, text elements will be exported as text but will use the system font (Helvetica) instead of the original font. Using vector shapes results in a larger file but one that is faithful to the appearance of fonts originally used.

Use layers

Use .pdf layers.

Use transparency

Enable transparency to correctly render transparent colors.

Ignore Styles

Export the image using default point, line, area and label styles.


The Ignore styles checkbox is an advanced option that forces Manifold to use default styles for exported objects. This can be useful when exporting for later use in vector-style graphics editors such as Illustrator because the default styles produce a relatively small number of simple vector objects per Manifold entity. In contrast, more complex styles available in Manifold can produce five to ten relatively complex vector objects per point. If the person operating Illustrator prefers to work with simple objects check this box.


Default Resolutions for Export


Screen resolution is normally 96 DPI on most monitors. The default resolution for layout exports is set to 72 DPI because at 72 DPI one point is one pixel. For example, at 72 DPI an 8 pt Tahoma font will be 8 pixels wide.


Tech Tip: Printing a Layout to PDF


There are two ways to create a PDF file from a layout: exporting a layout to a PDF as described within this topic or "printing" the layout via File - Print using a PDF virtual printer driver, which mimics a printer to capture any printing activity as a PDF.


Printing a layout to a virtual printer driver that produces PDF feeds the layout through an ordinary GDI / GDI+ rendering pipeline, which issues "dumb" printing commands that are then captured by the driver. Exporting a layout directly as a PDF feeds the layout through the Manifold PDF rendering engine, which optimizes printing commands. In general, the results of exporting a layout as a PDF will almost always be better than the results of printing the same layout to a virtual printer driver.


Note also that printing a layout to a via File - Print exposes you to the risk of whatever that PDF printer driver vendor has in mind. For example, it could easily produce different results depending on the installed version of Acrobat if that is what is used for a PDF printer driver. In contrast, exporting a layout to a PDF via File - Export - Image will be consistently the same.


See Also


Exporting Layouts