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Creating Adobe PDF Documents

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HelpSmith allows you to compile your help project as an Adobe PDF document which can be viewed in Adobe Reader. A PDF document created with HelpSmith includes support for clickable hyperlinks, PDF outlines (Bookmarks tab in Adobe Reader), document compression, encryption, and other PDF-specific options.


Compile an Adobe PDF Document

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click Compile.

2.At the dialog box, select PDF Document as the output help format.

3.Select build tags and other options that you want to use for this compilation.

4.Click OK.


Note: You can also access the compilation dialog box by pressing F9.


Quick Compilation with the Previous Options

You can skip the Compilation Options dialog box and apply the previously used options including the build tags that were selected for this output help format. To do so:

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click the arrow in the bottom of the Compile button.

2.Under Quick Compilation, click PDF Document.


PDF Document Output Directory

By default, HelpSmith puts the PDF document file in the same directory as the help project (.HSM) file. If the project has never been saved, HelpSmith will put the .PDF file into the HelpSmith's folder in the Windows "My Documents" directory.


You can define an alternative directory for the PDF document, to do so:

1.On the Project tab, in the Project group, click Project Options.

2.At the Project Options dialog box, in the left sidebar, under Printed Manual, click PDF Export.

3.In the Output Directory box, define the directory where you want HelpSmith to put the PDF document file.

4.Click OK.


Distributing a PDF Document

The output PDF file is the only file that you need in order to distribute the compiled document.


Customizing a PDF Document

A PDF document is created using the Printed Manual settings for page size, page orientation, and document elements. Also you can specify PDF-specific options such as Page Mode, Document Compression, Encryption and Password protection, and Font Embedding.


The following topics describe different categories of the PDF format-related options:

General Options

Front Page Options

Contents Options

Index Options

PDF Document Options

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