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How do I create a PDF file from an EXP document?


The subject of creating a PDF file from an EXP document is covered in chapter 16 of the EXP 6.1 User's Guide. Click here to view that chapter.

The two links below open PDF files that were created using EXP 6.1 with Adobe Acrobat Pro 2020. The EXP documents used to produce the PDF files are sample documents distributed with EXP.


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Adobe Acrobat

Beginning with Adobe Acrobat 8, Adobe changed the behavior of Acrobat with respect to font embedding. The option that controls font embedding is now called "Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts", and it defaults to On. This means that PDF files created from EXP documents will, by default, not embed the EXP TrueType fonts. Please follow these steps to correct this problem:

  1. Go to Windows Control Panel.
  2. Click "Devices and Printers".
  3. Right-click the printer "Adobe PDF" and choose "Printing preferences" from the popup menu.
  4. Click the tab "Adobe PDF Settings".
  5. Clear the checkbox "Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts".
  6. Click the OK button.
  7. Restart EXP.

An interesting note is that the Adobe Support Community website contains a discussion with an Adobe employee who identifies himself as a "Principal Scientist" who says Adobe recommends customers always turn off the option "Rely on system fonts only; do not use document fonts", even though Adobe sets the option on by default.

Windows 10 PDF Support

In Windows 10 Microsoft added a new printer driver named "Microsoft Print to PDF". By default, Windows 10 sets up a printer named "Microsoft Print to PDF" that uses the driver of the same name. The driver "Microsoft Print to PDF" provides far fewer options than the genuine Adobe PDF driver. However, it is free and available on all Windows 10 systems.

Please be aware of the following issues when using the driver "Microsoft Print to PDF":