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There are two methods for creating a PDF file. The first method uses the new >Save As... PDF feature in Microsoft office 2010, and the second involves installing a PDF print driver in your computer.

1. Create a PDF Using Microsoft Word 2010 (or later)


The following method is used by the N1MM Logger website team to create the current PDF download files. You will need Office/Word 2010 or later, which includes a >File >Save as... >PDF menu choice

    1. Connect to the website
    2. Select >Documents >Print Current Documentation >N1MM Logger Documentation {or whatever}
    3. In your browser, select >File >Save As... {filename} with type="Web page, complete" HTML document type. This will create an HTML file somewhere on your hard drive with an adjacent subdirectory full of content and images.
    4. Launch Word
    5. In Word, select >File >Open {filename}.HTML {wherever you put it}
    6. Select all text (ctrl-A) and change font to something acceptable... Arial is safe
    7. Save as... >PDF


PDF Options:

+ Optimize for: Standard
+ Page range = All
+ Publish what = Document
+ Create Bookmarks using: Headings
+ Document structure tags for accessibility (?)
+ Bitmap text when fonts may not be embedded

 Be Patient!

The N1MM Logger documents are large files with lots of images that will take a long time to print - up to several minutes for this 600+ page document. Your computer is not broken, it's just busy.

2. Create a PDF Using a PDF Print Driver


One-time Event - Installing a PDF Print Driver
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 Creating a PDF File

Creating your own PDF file requires a PDF Print Driver on your computer. There are many PDF drivers available - ranging from Expensive (Adobe.com) to Free ( RECOMMENDED www.SourceForge.net - PDFcreator . Also www.CutePDF.com - cutePDF Writer ). There are probably others, this author has tested these two. Both worked well and have recent (late 2009) release dates.

2.1. One-time Event - Installing a PDF Print Driver

Installing a PDF Print Driver is a one-time exercise that only happens once, after which you can use the driver to create PDF files of the N1MM Manuals or any other documents. The driver creates a compatible Adobe Acrobat PDF file that anyone with Adobe Reader will be able to open.

Of the two listed free PDF drivers, I recommend SourceForge's PDFCreator because of:

    • The solid reputation of the SourceForge open development community
      • The TikiWiki upon which this website is based is a SourceForge product
    • Ease of Installation
    • Ease of Use
    • Small file size of your final PDF file (about 50% the size of files made by the cutePDF driver)

  1. Download the program from SourceForge http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
  2. Run the PDFCreator install program (use the default parameters)
  3. Done! That's it - nothing else to do. PDFCreator is now listed as one of your printers in >File >Print for any Windows program

2.2. Select >Menu >Multiple Print

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Choose the manual that you want to print and press <Print>

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Your browser screen will display a page-formatted image of the entire document without headers, footers, or menus.

With the Multiple Print document visible in your browser window, use the >File >Print feature of your browser to open your browser's print dialog window.

Select the PDF print driver, and press <Print>.


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 Be Patient!

The N1MM Logger documents are large files with lots of images that will take a long time to print - up to several minutes for a 100+ page document. Your computer is not broken, it's just busy.

Last Modification: 25 May 2011 20:36:47 EDT by K8UT.