PDF: New & Improved

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PDF: New & Improved

We know how important PDF output is for our users and we have given it a major overhaul in Help+Manual 7.

New and Improved Features

Chapter title images with "Featured images"
You can now associate a different graphic image with each chapter in your project and display it on the chapter title page, along with the description text associated with the chapter. These images are called featured images.

Table and table cell border rendering:
These now rendered crisply at all PDF zoom settings.

Incorrect rendering of underlines in justified text :
In some cases some underlines could be offset incorrectly from the rest of the underline in justified text. This has now been corrected.

Support for PDF/A (PDF/Archive):
For more information on PDF/A please refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDF/A

New font embedding options:
You can now also embed Base 14 Type 1 fonts, Type 3 fonts and CID fonts. This is particularly useful for Asian fonts, and PDFs with mixed Asian and western fonts. If you then select Type 3 font embedding you will generally get much better rendering, even if the fonts used in your project are not actually Type 3 fonts.

Include comments from your Help+Manual project in your PDF:
For example for proofreading, approvals and team discussion. The comments included can be restricted by date. The option for activating this is in the PDF Publish dialog.

New document information fields:
Extended copyright and document information fields for PDF output. The setting is in Project Explorer > Configuration > Publishing Options > Adobe PDF > PDF Options.

New "Single Page" viewer/reader mode:
This new mode sets how the PDF viewer/reader displays document. In this mode the, user switches from page to page, as in an eBook reader, instead of continuously scrolling. The option is in Project Explorer > Configuration > Publishing Options > Adobe PDF > PDF Options: Viewer Layout.

PNG images with alpha transparency:
PNG images are now drawn natively as PNGs in PDF, including their alpha transparency.

Native SVG images:
SVG images are included natively in PDF as vector graphics, if possible. More complex SVGs are embedded as PNG images.

Improvements in Manual Designer

Individual title images and descriptions for top-level chapters:
The new featured images and descriptions that you can define for topics in the Topic Options tab of the editor can be inserted in the title pages of your top-level topics for a really high-quality layout (in Top Level Intro section of the template). See Designing a Template > Top Level Intro Pages in the Manual Designer help for details.

New "fill" drawing mode for graphics:
This new drawing mode scales the picture to fill the container box you define around it. This makes it possible to create "bleed" images all the way to the edge of the page. It is also essential for using featured images in PDF templates. It is selected with the Draw Mode option in the image object properties dialog box in Manual Designer. (Double-click on an existing image in Manual Designer to display the dialog.)

New link target: beginning of current chapter:
The available link targets for objects in PDF templates has been extended with a new option to jump to the beginning of the current chapter. This is either the beginning of the current top-level chapter or the top level intro page if there is one.

Vertical alignment options for text objects:
You can now define text objects with top, middle or bottom alignment, in addition to left, right and centered.

"Parts" numbering for chapters with continuous 2nd-level chapter numbering:
With this numbering style, the top-level chapters are numbered sequentially as parts. The 2nd-level chapters are then numbered sequentially in the same way as top-level chapters in the normal numbering scheme. See Page Management > Page Numbering in the Manual Designer help for details.

"Justified labels" with automatic dot leaders:
This makes it much easier to create TOC entries with dot leaders connecting to the page number reference – all in a single text object. In addition to this you can also use it to create text objects with automatically-positioned left-aligned and right-aligned components. For example for page headers and footers with one part at the left edge and the other part at the right edge of the page.

New page break options improve PDF booklet printing:
New page break options make controlled booklet printing easier. In addition to "New page" and "New Odd Page" you can now set page breaks to "New Even Page" and "Last page of 4 pages". "New Even Page" is similar to "New Odd Page" and makes it possible to start new pages on the left, and to ensure that the back cover is always positioned correctly. "Last of 4 Pages" is specifically for booklet-style printing.