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  1. Brad

    Brad Guest


    I have (free) Adobe Reader V5.0 (Windows 98SE computer). I bought a .PDF
    file service manual for a TV. Unfortunately, a printout (quality HP printer)
    of a schematic page does not produce the desired results. I tried everything.

    Adobe's "Help" indicates I can print to an bitmap image file, but no
    details on how to do it! This would be GREAT because I can use a graphics
    editor to select the part of the schematic I want printed (larger print).

    Does anyone know a technique to "export" a schematic page from a .PDF
    file into a graphics image file (ex. PAGE38.BMP)?

    Thanks in advance, Brad

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  2. Smitty Two

    Smitty Two Guest

    Not sure about that, but there *is* a way to zoom in and print just the
    part of the schematic you want at a size that's actually legible. Keep
    poking around in there and you'll find it. I'm on my mac right now so
    can't give you the PC thing, but I know I've done it several times.
    Takes a while to find it the first time.
  3. DaveM

    DaveM Guest

    You can't extract pages with the free reader. You need the full Adobe Acrobat
    software (expensive) package to do that. And if the author of the PDF file
    secured the PDF package, even the full Acrobat package won't allow you to
    extract pages unless you know the password to the file.

    Dave M
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  4. msg

    msg Guest

    Brad wrote:
    I use a printer driver called "Acrobat Generic Color PS" to print to FILE
    and then I manipulate the postscript output using Ghostscript, save to
    whatever format I desire and then edit in an image processing or paint


  5. Bill Jeffrey

    Bill Jeffrey Guest

    As it turns out, I faced this problem just yesterday. (I have the free
    Adobe Reader 7.0.)

    I wanted to print a schematic that occupied a third of a page. As Dave
    writes, you can't capture a page, but you can capture an image or part
    of one.

    Anyway, when I printed the whole page, the piece I wanted looked awful.
    I expanded the page so that the desired schematic filled the screen, and
    then captured it, pasted it into a graphics program, and printed it -
    and it still looked terrible. But when I expanded the page (in Acrobat)
    as far as I could, then captured the desired schematic, then pasted it
    into a graphics program and resized it and printed it, it was much better.

    To capture, use the little button with the picture of the camera on it.
    It lets you draw a selection box around whatever you want to capture,
    even if it is bigger than the screen, and then pastes the contents of
    the selection box into the Clipboard. From there, you paste into your
    graphics program ...

  6. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    I hate the Acrobat software. I always find it very unfriendly to use, if you
    want to do anything other than really bog standard functions. I now use a
    full registered version that came with this computer when I bought it off a
    friend who was closing down, and it is relatively straightforward to print
    off pages from a service manual ( after you've spent about a half hour
    staring at the screen whilst the stupid program initialises itself ), but
    prior to this, I too used a standard 'free' version, and I know that I found
    ways to print only the pages that you wanted, including zoomed views, and it
    was also possible to print schematics 'tiled' across a number of sheets.
    Don't ask me how I did it though. I recall that every time, I would sit and
    puzzle over it until I was about six menu levels deep, and finally found it
    again ...

    The one good thing about a pdf file that it has over a bitmap, is that it
    can be zoomed to a level enough to read component values, whilst not being
    too many megs. A bitmap has to have a really good resolution in the first
    place to allow high level zooming, and that tends to make it big.

    Oh for the days when you phoned a manufacturer, and they sent you a nice
    paper service manual, FOC, that had proper fold-out schematics, a block
    diagram, and even a description of how their half-arsed circuitry worked !

  7. msg

    msg Guest

    I should also mention that some PDFs display better than they print (depends
    on options when they were created); if the visual looks good, I capture
    it (or zoomed segments of it) using 'PRINT SCREEN' (in Windows) to the
    clipboard and save the BMP for processing. It is easy to reassemble
    the captured segments into a large bitmap for big pages.


  8. msg

    msg Guest

    Indeed, I had forgot to mention that in my reply about screen captures
    although I wonder what version of the reader first included the camera.


  9. msg

    msg Guest

    Arfa Daily wrote:


    O.T. -- did you get my last few emails regarding the SIP UA?
    Please try again using X-lite. Nobody has called in to hear
    the audio yet and I've had 162 unique IP hits so far.


  10. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    Zoom in to the desired part of the schematic and then select the
    Current View radio button in the Print window. I'm using Acrobat
    Reader version 6.0.

    BTW, you can dramatically reduce the startup time of Acrobat Reader by
    disabling unnecessary plugins:

    - Franc Zabkar
  11. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    It REALLY bugs me when people make the statement you did
    (when it is obviously just limp hyperbole).
    Had you done EVERYTHING, you would already have what you need
    --or would have proven the task to be impossible.

    **I tried all that my limited imagination
    and poor research skills suggested** would be apt.


  12. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    Magnify the area you want, depress the Print screen button (PTR SCR).
    this places a Bmp on the clipboard., open up a paint program and use the
    paste function.
    then you can trim off what you don't want, and print the rest.
  13. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    OT - Bear with me Michael. Bit busy at the moment. Will try this week.

  14. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    Try with the foxit pdf reader.
  15. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Can you get all of what you want to see on your screen clearly at a decent
    resolution ?

    If so then press 'print screen', open a graphics editor like Irfanview (free) and
    go edit, paste.

    You can then save what you wanted in whatever graphics format you like.

  16. Dave M

    Dave M Guest

    Have you been able to get what you need from the PDF file yet? If not, I have
    the latest version of the full Acrobat package, so if the PDF isn't protected, I
    might be able to help you.
    How big is the PDF file? If it isn't too big to attach to an email, you could
    send to me and I'll do what I can to help. I should be able to extract the
    image that you're trying to get, then send that back to you.
    If it's a really big PDF file, then maybe you could post it on a web site
    somewhere so I can download it.


    Dave M

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  17. Arfa Daily

    Arfa Daily Guest

    Hey Franc - thanks for that ! Certainly did the trick. Acrobat starts up in
    about a quarter the time now. Heartily recommended to anyone who finds
    themselves using the prog regularly ...

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