Single Page PDF of a Diagram

Introduction

Family Historian (fh) V2 & V3 do not support PDF format, but there are a large number of free or low cost PDF Creators available. Creating a single page PDF can be a great way to send large Diagrams to a Print Company to obtain A2 or larger charts without reverting to sticky tape or glue. The maximum PDF page size supported by this method is typically 200" x 200" or 5080mm x 5080mm.

fh V4, or later, has a PDF creator included, and via the Diagram > Save Diagram As > PDF File (.pdf) command has the option to Adjust PDF File Page Size so that Diagram fits into One Page. The maximum PDF page size supported by this method is 128" x 128" or 3276mm x 3276mm. These versions can also use the PDF Creators mentioned above that support the slightly larger PDF page size.

If your Diagram is larger than the maximum PDF page sizes above, then the advice below explains how to adjust the settings to fit it onto one page. (There may be PDF Creators that support even bigger PDF page sizes, as PDF documents appear to be limited only by available resources.)

Alternatively, some Print Companies offer other ways of sending even bigger charts to their printing service. Contact them for details.

Check Diagram Size

It is advisable to initially create any Diagram with the usual default Fonts, and a Scaling of 100%.

To determine the print size of a Diagram use the Diagram > Diagram Statistics command. The Diagram Size (excluding margins) gives the Height and Width.

If either dimension is larger than the maximum PDF page size, then the Diagram will need adjusting as explained later.

Install PDF Creator

If required, then install one of the PDF Creators, such as Utility ~ CutePDF Writer or Utility ~ PDF995, which are recommended by FHUG users, and the Service ~ My History.

These install a Printer Driver, which you use to Print from any program to create a PDF document.

Set Print Properties

Open the Diagram or Chart you would like to print.

  • From the File menu select Print Setup.
  • From the Printer Name drop-down list select a PDF creator (Family Historian PDF or Cute PDF or PDF 995).
  • Click the Properties button.
  • For Family Historian PDF:
    • On the Page tab select Custom and set Width and Height to maximum values (128" or 3276mm).
    • It may also be necessary to set the Resolution (dpi) greater than 300 to maintain crisp printouts, but if set too high that may exceed the maximum PDF page size.
  • For Cute PDF or PDF 995:
    • Click the Paper/Quality tab, Advanced button, and set Paper Size to PostScript Custom.
    • In the new window set Width and Height to maximum values (200" or 5080mm).
    • Change Paper Feed Direction to Short Edge First.
  • Click OK enough times to close all windows.

Adjust Diagram Size

If the Diagram is larger than the maximum Paper Size set above, then adjust the Diagram using one of the two methods below.

It is advisable that Avoid Page Boundaries is not set.

Adjust Diagram Scaling

Use the Diagram Options > General tab, or Diagram > Layout & Scaling > Diagram Scale, and set Scaling: to a lower value until the print size is smaller than the maximum PDF page size. In order to get more precise adjustment, the Scaling: percentage can be typed in manually, instead of selecting from the drop-down list.

Adjust Page Boundaries

  • Turn on Page Boundaries by clicking the Show Page Boundaries icon Show Page Boundaries
  • Show the whole Diagram by clicking the Fit Window icon Fit Window or Show Whole Diagram
  • First grab the top left corner of a page with the left mouse button and drag it to the top left corner of the Diagram.
  • Now grab the bottom right corner of the page with the right mouse button and adjust the page boundaries so that the whole Diagram shows on one page.
  • Repeat as necessary, and note the Scale shown in the status bar bottom right.

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FH V4 Diagram Window

FH Versions 2 & 3

  • From the File menu select Print.
  • Check the printer Name and Paper Size matches that setup above (may need to use the Properties button).
  • Click OK and choose where to Save the printout.

FH Version 4 & Later

  • Use the Diagram > Save Diagram As > PDF File (.pdf) command.
  • Ensure Adjust PDF File Page Size so that Diagram fits into One Page is selected, and click OK.
  • In the Print dialogue ensure the printer Name matches that setup above.
  • Ensure the Paper Size matches that setup above (may need to use the Properties & Manage buttons).
  • Click OK and choose where to Save the printout.

If no PDF file is produced, there may be no error message, but probably the maximum PDF page size has been exceeded. Check the adjustments above, and try reducing the Resolution (dpi) to 300 or lower.

Save PDF File As

Family Historian PDF Defaults

When using the Family Historian PDF printer, it is essential that its Windows Printing Preferences are set to Portrait orientation. In Windows 10 that is set via Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners > Family Historian PDF > Manage > Printing preferences > Orientation.

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