PDF File Creation

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You can export a batch of ComQuest reports as individual PDF files.  PDF stands for Portable Document Format.  It is a technology developed by Adobe corporation, and allows you to easily e-mail reports to another party.  Then, using Adobe's Acrobattm program (version 3.x or later), that party can view and print a windows-compatible report.


To enable PDF-formatted reports to be generated on your Fileserver, the following steps must be completed one time.  Upon successful completion, you will be able to generate PDFs when you run any batch of reports or individual reports.



Run Batch Reports filter


When you select PDF Files as the destination on the batch filter (when running the actual batch and setting the run dates), your files will be created in the C:\PDF folder of the Fileserver.  Any previously-existing files in this folder will be overwritten by the new versions. In addition, you can merge all the PDF files that get created in a Batch to one single file, and you can also email the Batch (either the individual report files, or the single merged file, if you're creating one), to as many different people in your email contact list as you wish.


When each of the reports in your batch is created as a PDF file, it will be named according to the name of the report, followed by the priority number of that report.  Why?  Because it's likely you might have several versions of the same report in a batch.  For example, you might have Positive Acceptance in a batch three times, each with different demos/genders.  If the three Positive Acceptance reports are, for example, priority 2, 4 and 6, the three PDF files created would be named Positive Acceptance2.PDF, Positive Acceptance4.PDF and PositiveAcceptance6.PDF.  This naming convention ensures that the same Positive Acceptance.PDF file is not merely overwritten with each successive version of the Positive Acceptance report contained in the batch.


To send or share with colleagues, simply use Windows Explorer to copy/move these PDF files from the C:\PDF folder on your ComQuest Fileserver, to an A:\ floppy disk, or to another computer on your station's internal network (if that network is accessible from the ComQuest Fileserver).


Here are the steps to implement PDF file generation capabilities on your ComQuest Fileserver (we recommend that only ComQuest Technical Support do this):


Upload CtrlP.EXE file


Turn off Don't Allow Printer Changes in Winshield on the Fileserver for the End User


Run CtrlP.EXE

Select "Typical" installation

Enter user name: ComQuest  Company: ComQuest  Serial Number: 33OP-L78C-CXD3-V7FD

Install in C:\ComQuest\PDF folder

(Just add it to anywhere on the Program menu)

Delete the shortcut icon from the Desktop


Go to Control Panel / Printers

Rename the "5D PDF Creator" driver "PDF"  (no quotes)


Go to the Start/Program Menu, and run the 5D ToPDF program

Click Settings/Configure

Click Edit Configurations button

Click General tab

Click Always output files to  and add C:\PDF  (not C:\ComQuest\PDF !!!) Click Browse button, go to C:\ root, and click Create Folder to add C:\PDF

Click on Font Embedding tab; check ON Embed All Fonts, Subset Fonts and Use Original True Type Fonts checkboxes.

Click OK to save, re-name configuration to ComQuest and click Yes

Click OK then Done button to exit 5D ToPDF program


Add an entry to the C:\ComQuest\QUEST.INI file on your Fileserver (under the [MyPath] section):





Turn back on Don't Allow Printer Changes in Winshield for End User on Fileserver


See also

Batch Reports