Compiling for PDF
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This option will produce an Adobe format PDF file which is distributable on Windows, MAC and Unix. It is a very good solution to the problem of creating multi-platform help files. One of the main benefits of PDF is that it will print as you see it. On this screen there are only a few options, the rest can be found on the "PDF Options" screen, within the "Project" menu.

File name

The name of your PDF file, the extension, ".pdf", will be added automatically and your file will be saved in the "PDF" folder, beneath your Project folder. You can re-open this file later using the "Project | Display | PDF Document" menu option.


The title that will appear on the top of your PDF Document.

Compress your PDF Document

This will try to reduce your document file size. Whether it achieves this aim depends on your document contents, how many JPG graphics it has, how much blank space there is etc. In practice it may have little effect, but depending on your document it could save your considerable disk space.

Display PDF file after Compile

If this option is checked your PDF file will automatically load once prepared.

Optimize Compile Time

When checked, this option will speed up compiles the first time, by up to 3 times. But subsequent compiles will be up to 4 times quicker.

Print Editable Headings

Although strictly speaking, Editable Headings are a feature of WinHelp and HtmlHelp, and no other compile format, if you want the help text of your editable headings to be printed, then check this option.

Use Links in PDF

When checked, Topic and Internet links will be clickable within your PDF document. Other links, such as Popup links, are ignored.

You can access more options by clicking on the [Options] button at the bottom of the screen.