Publishing PDF file

PDF (Printable Document Format) is an open standard for document exchange created by Adobe Systems in 1993. If you need documentation to look the same way in every platform, you can use PDF format to create printable manuals. PDF files created with the Dr.Explain contain Topic of Contents (TOC), bookmarks, links, and graphics.
There are several ways to publish your help project to PDF:
  • click on the application toolbar;
  • go to the Options menu and click the Export to PDF menu option;
  • use the Alt+Shift+D keyboard shortcut.
The following dialog window will appear:
Publishing PDF file

Validation tool option

1. Validation tool option
Check this option to validate your project files before publishing the PDF file.

Open PDF file

2. Open PDF file
Check this option to automatically open the generated PDF file.

Silently overwrite

3. Silently overwrite
This check box does not appear until you publish your first PDF file.
Check this option to skip the Save As dialog next time you generate your PDF file.

Progress bar

This bar shows the progress of the publishing process.

Process log

This section shows the log messages of the publishing processes.

More options

6. More optionsClick this button to display the PDF export settings dialog where you can configure the options for the output files.

Start export

7. Start exportPress this button to start the publishing process.


8. ClosePress this button to close the Export to PDF file dialog.
Upon completion of the publishing process, Dr.Explain will open the generated PDF file (if you didn't clear the corresponding check box):
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