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Instructional Laboratory Support - Mechanical Engineering


Creating

Creating PDF Files


PDF files can be created within applications by choosing to print to PDF, using PDF Creator, or within the Unix environment.

  • There are possible problems that can arise when creating PDF files.  Be sure to open the newly created PDF and check to make sure everything looks the way it is supposed to.

Within Applications

You can easily create PDF files from any application by selecting the print option in the file menu. The name of the printer you will choose is Adobe PDF.  You will then be prompted for the location to save the newly created PDF file.

  • The print to Adobe PDF is only an option on computers that have scanners.

If your PDF file does not look right, try using the PDF Creator available on most of the ME machines.

Using PDF Creator

The PDF Creator is a useful but simple program that will convert most files into .pdf file format.

To open the PDF Creator program select it from the start menu.  To create a PDF file from an existing file just select "Document", then "add", then "select file", then select the destination where the file will be saved.  The converted file will be saved in this destination in .pdf format and the original file will be unchanged. 

Using Unix

This method rarely fails and might be tried if the above methods do not work satisfactorily.

  1. From within the program that the file was created choose File->Save As -> Postscript file. Make sure that the extension is .ps. This creates a postscript file that is readable by printers. In Microsoft product you may have to choose to "print to a file" and then rename the .prn file to a .ps file when the printing is complete.

  2. Now you want to run this .ps file through a ps to pdf converter which can be done in Unix. Open up a command prompt and move to the directory containing the file that you want to convert.

  3. Type ps2pdf filename.ps .  This will create a pdf file with the same name as the *.ps file.