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The Smart PDF Wizard generates a single PDF for either a selected document(s) or the entire project, including schematics, PCB, and Bill Of Materials. PDF bookmarks are created for each net and component in the design. You can save the Smart PDF settings to an OutJob file so your PDF can be regenerated with a single click.
The Smart PDF Wizard is launched by selecting File » Smart PDF from the main menus.
Follow the pages of the Smart PDF Wizard to output the design in PDF format.
The Choose Export Target page allows you to specify what is to be exported and where it will be saved. Choose to export either the Current Project or Current Document. Both selections list the name of the current project and current document.
Use the Output File Name text box to specify the name of the PDF and where it will be saved. Click the browse button to open a dialog in which you can choose the desired path.
If you chose Current Project on the previous page (Choose Export Target), the Choose Project Files page will appear and allows you to further define which documents are to be included in your PDF. Select the files required using standard multi-select features (Ctrl+click, Shift+click). You also can use the selection options available from the right-click menu: Select All to select all listed documents, Select All PCB to select all listed PCB documents, and Select All Schematic to select all schematic documents.
On the Export Bill of Materials page, enable the Export a Bill of Materials option to export a BOM with the PDF.
Use the Variant drop-down menu to select an assembly variant and template, if required.
Use the Template drop-down menu to select the desired template or click to open a standard dialog in which you can choose the desired template. Enable the Relative Path to Template File checkbox to show the relative path of the selected template.
If you chose to export PCB documents on the Choose Project Files page, the PCB Printout Settings page will appear in which you can configure the printout.
This page consists of three main regions (described in detail below):
Enable the desired Include Components and Printout Options checkboxes for the Multilayer Composite Print.
Use the right-click menu to further configure the printout for each layer. Right-click menu options include:
Use the drop-down to select which component designator data to print. Choices include:
The Additional PDF Settings page provides several additional export options:
The Structure Settings page is used to configure the structure of the PDF.
If Use Physical Structure is checked, the exported schematic sheets will be expanded to physical sheets rather than logical sheets. If the option is not checked, further options are not available.
Use the Variant drop-down to select which variant to use, if desired.
Enable the following checkboxes if you want to display the expanded physical names of:
The Final Steps page presents some additional configuration options before generating the PDF.
Your Smart PDF settings can be saved to an Output Job document. Modify this document in the OutputJob Editor, which becomes active when the active document is an *.OutJob file.
The paper sizes used by the PDF Generator are not 'acquired' from your computer's current Windows Default Printer. The sizes available for PDF generation are fixed and independent of those offered by the default printer, and remain independent regardless of the type of printer chosen as the default. In other words, selecting an A3 paper size when generating a PDF through an Output Job file will remain at that size, even if you switch your default printer to the small A4 Inkjet down the hall. The following fixed set of paper sizes are available for use by the PDF Printer:
You can also define custom page sizing with respect to output generated in PDF format. Custom page sizing is defined on the System - Printer Settings page of the Preferences dialog. The drop-down menu associated with the Add button on the Preferences dialog presents a variety of predefined custom sizes:
Choose an entry to have that size added to the list. If you need a different sizing, simply add a predefined sizing, select its entry in the list then click the Edit Page button. A dialog will appear from where you can specify:
The defined custom page sizes will be presented on the Size field menu when configuring page properties prior to exporting to PDF.
When the target for an applicable output generator is changed from a PDF Output Container to a physical printer (Hard Copy), it is quite possible that the paper size defined for the generator - through the relevant properties dialog (right-click, Page Setup) - may not be supported by the target medium. In this case, the connecting line from generator to medium is colored red.
The generated PDF groups documents according to their type: Schematic, PCB and BOM. For each schematic, bookmarks are provided based on your settings, which enables you to browse documents as well as individual components and nets residing on that document.
If the source schematics are hierarchical, the hierarchy will be reflected in the PDF bookmarks with the top-level sheet appearing at one level and all sub-sheets appearing as sub-bookmarks. If you have enabled the option to Use Physical Structure as part of the export process, the resulting PDF document will contain separate sheets for each channel in a multi-channel design.
For a PCB document, bookmarks are provided for each of the exported printouts.
For the Bill of Materials, bookmarks are provided so you can browse to each component.
If you enabled additional bookmarks on the Additional PDF Settings page of the Wizard to generate net information for Pins, Net Labels, and Ports, you will see these when browsing a schematic or a PCB (pins only).
Clicking on a bookmark will zoom to the area of the document where that object resides. The level of zoom applied is determined by the zoom control slider bar setting on the Additional PDF Settings page. Where possible, the object will be centered within the main display window of the PDF Viewer. Highlighting will be applied when browsing by Components, Pins, Ports, or Net Labels for ease of reference.
Altium NEXUS includes component parameters in generated PDF output. Once generated, you can click on a component on a sheet in your PDF and peruse its parameters in a convenient pop-up. If you do not want to allow component parameters to be viewed in this way, disable (uncheck) the Include Component Parameters option in the Additional Information region of the Additional PDF Settings page.
If a component contains a parameter whose value is a URL to a web page in the format
http://<siteaddress>, that entry will be a live link in the parameter pop-up. You can click it to follow the link and access the URL in your external
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