Exporting to PDF

Apply to: 2016 R1

After you’ve concluded the electrical schematic and the mechanical layout, as well as generated the reports with the accompanying information, you can the design is concluded. This article will teach you how to export transform the design into a PDF file, so that you may print it, send it to a client or share it with colleagues.

Before creating the PDF, it’s important to finalise the project by setting up the newly inserted page groups and regenerating the index to refresh it. To do that:

  1. Define the Properties of the Page groups
  2. Generate the Design Index again
Tip

You don’t remember how to set up page groups or generate the index? Check the articles again for a refresher.

Now you are ready to export your project to PDF! Do the following:
  1. Go to Project > Export
  2. In the Export option, select Pages
    You can enable a specific project page interval to be exported. In this case, we want to export the entire project, so we won’t make any alterations.
  3. Click on Ok
  4. In the Format option, select Portable document – PDF
  5. Click on the Options button
  6. In the Print style table, type in default.ctg
  7. In the button “…” next to the destination, name the file as you wish and choose where to save it to.
  8. Click on Save
  9. and then Export

All done, you now have a PDF file of your design.

Smart PDF


You can use lateral markers on the PDF viewer to navigate between pages in the design.

As you will notice, QC exports all the pages palette structure, as well as the Custom (project) palette, as you can see in the markers for Components, Terminals and wires.

This color export format is rather useful when you want to maintain the design’s visual information, such as wire color. However, it can be necessary to export a monochromatic version of your project, as some printers only do black and white.  To learn how to do that, read on:

  1. Go to Project > Export
  2. Select Pages
  3. In the Format option, select Portable document – PDF
  4. Click on Options
  5. In the Print style table, type: monochrome.ctb. (this is the only other setup besides default)
  6. In the “…” button, name the file as you wish and choose where to save it to.
  7. Click on Save
  8. and then Export

Now you have your black and white version.

All you have to do is share it as you wish and move on to your next QC designs.

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