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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:22 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

For those of you using ExpressSCH/ExpressPCB, I have been corresponding with technical support at expresspcb.com about a ‘printing problem’.



I would like to product .pdf files for multi-sheet ExpressSCH files. When I do this, I get multiple dialogs (one per sheet), and multiple single-page files as the output rather than one file with all sheets. I have confirmed this bug on XP, Vista and Win7 on two different computers.



Further investigation gives me the same problem with .xps output (not that anyone cares about this format). I’ve also found that when I print to a physical printer, multiple print jobs are created in the queue. The physical print issue is not really a problem.



I have some schematics that are 20 pages long that I wish to publish and share in pdf format. For example are my electrical system designs for my RV-9A and Harmon Rocket and several designs for electronic gadgets that may be of interest.



I’m curious if anyone else has this problem. An easy way to test it is to try to print as an .xps file, which is supported on all versions of Windows.



Thanks, Vern.





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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:11 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

Vern,
i have been using ExpressSCH for years and it has always behaved this way on both XP and Vista.
i have never found a workaround.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:01 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

Thanks for the confirmation, Scott. ‘Express’ has been consistently denying that they have a problem. As soon as I said that I threatened to post it on internet forums, they said that they would have an engineer look at it. Sounds like they follow the Microsoft support model (not a compliment).

If you are up to it, an email to ‘Express’ describing your problem would go a long way... they said that they had never had anyone report this problem before, therefore I must be wrong (what an attitude!). My response to them was... “I’m not wrong, just the first”.

Thanks for your support.

Vern

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Vern,


i have been using ExpressSCH for years and it has always behaved this way on both XP and Vista.


i have never found a workaround.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

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I have some schematics that are 20 pages long that I wish to publish and share in pdf format.


Vern,

I can't solve the ExpressPCB issue in general, but what I do is use a "screen-capture" like the screen grabber import function in Paint Shot Pro. (I use this to grab all layers of a pcb, then flip one layer, to produce folded mockup paper boards for circuit tracing and examination before sending board out for manufacture.)

This is a good function to have at your disposal for capturing all sorts of images. If you can see an image on the video display, then you can grab it and manipulate it as a BMP. JPG, etc. Then you can print anything as a pdf using Smart PDF Converter or other free or cheap pdf converters.

There are free older versions of Paint Shop Pro for the taking online.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:47 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

Vern Little wrote:
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For those of you using ExpressSCH/ExpressPCB,
... and multiple
single-page files as the output rather than one file with all sheets.

Not a solution, but as a work-around, there are tools that
will allow you to combine several PDF's into a single file.

Don't recall names from the top of my head, will try to
locate some over the weekend and report here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:06 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

Try PDF995 (http://www.pdf995.com/); their pdf creator is cheap and easy to use. I have been using it for a while now and its great. Cost around $10 I think

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH Reply with quote

I’m replying to my own message with an update:

Before anyone else comments on my messages, please try to read carefully the original posting. I don’t need work-arounds, new software downloads or converting hundreds of schematics to a new package. All I need to know is if others have the same problems. Better yet, if they do, please report it to ExpressPCB. They are dragging their feet on acknowledging this bug and until others complain, a fix won’t happen. Applying pressure to these guys is the only way to correct their indifferent customer service. Yes, their software is free, but it drives a lot of business their way.

Thanks!


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Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:20 AM
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Subject: Producing pdf or xps files with ExpressSCH


For those of you using ExpressSCH/ExpressPCB, I have been corresponding with technical support at expresspcb.com about a ‘printing problem’.



I would like to product .pdf files for multi-sheet ExpressSCH files. When I do this, I get multiple dialogs (one per sheet), and multiple single-page files as the output rather than one file with all sheets. I have confirmed this bug on XP, Vista and Win7 on two different computers.



Further investigation gives me the same problem with .xps output (not that anyone cares about this format). I’ve also found that when I print to a physical printer, multiple print jobs are created in the queue. The physical print issue is not really a problem.



I have some schematics that are 20 pages long that I wish to publish and share in pdf format. For example are my electrical system designs for my RV-9A and Harmon Rocket and several designs for electronic gadgets that may be of interest.



I’m curious if anyone else has this problem. An easy way to test it is to try to print as an .xps file, which is supported on all versions of Windows.



Thanks, Vern.





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