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Using our PDF files

Postby M.Gerber » Thu 7. Oct 2010, 13:19

Here are some tips about using our PDF files, mainly the user manuals. The descriptions refer to Adobe Reader 9 to be used as PDF reader. However, other PDF readers may have similar settings.

Printing User Manuals
Changing the Display of Table Lines
Making Comments
Navigating Like in a Web Browser
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Printing User Manuals

Postby M.Gerber » Thu 7. Oct 2010, 15:25

For the user manuals the paper size defined in the PDF is DIN A5 (14.8 x 21 mm). Usually you wouldn't have printers using this paper size (half of DIN A4). However, you can print our manuals as booklets, where four pages are distributed on both sides of a sheet.

Use the print settings as shown in the following figures:

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Print dialog of Adobe Reader 9
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Printer Settings Both Sides.png
The printer's Properties dialog
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Changing the Display of Table Lines

Postby M.Gerber » Thu 7. Oct 2010, 15:28

The lines within tables and in some other figures may not look nice when viewing a PDF on screen; the line width varies. This effect can be moderated by deactivating the function Enhance thin lines in the preferences.

Adobe Reader Preferences Enhance Thin Lines.png
Dialog can be reached via menu command Edit > Preferences.
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Making Comments

Postby M.Gerber » Thu 7. Oct 2010, 15:29

Many of our user manual PDFs (although not all yet) are prepared for applying and saving notes, stamps and other comment features in Adobe Reader. For easy access, activate the toolbar Comment & Markup.

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Use context menu (right-click) on free space of the toolbar area to activate the toolbar.
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Note: When you have added comments with Foxit Reader to a user manual PDF, this PDF file cannot be used for adding comments with Adobe Reader afterwards.

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Update January 2011: The recent Adobe Reader X (10) has basic comment functions enabled by default, even for PDFs without the comment features enabled explicitly. However, with our prepared PDFs you can access more tools.

PDF with basic Comments function.png
Basic comment functions offered by Adobe Reader X
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PDF with Comments and Markups function.png
Enhanced function set available when viewing prepared PDFs
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Navigating Like in a Web Browser

Postby M.Gerber » Fri 9. Sep 2011, 12:52

If you are following a hyperlink within a PDF and want to go back to the previous position in the document, it is usually hard to achieve this aim. The standard navigation tools only provide scrolling page by page.

However, there's an easy way to add a toolbar button that adds the function to jump back to the previous view. Just right-click on the toolbar to pop up the context menu. Check the "Previous View" button entry.

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Customizing the toolbar
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That's all! Now you can act as you're used to from the web browser. 8-)

Of course you can customize the whole toolbar with further functions. For example, the Save button could be a convenient helper when making comments to a PDF. :idea:
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