Export to PDF
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This topic details the specifics of exporting a document to PDF (Portable Document Format).
See the following code examples illustrating how to export a report to PDF in code:
This topic consists of the following sections.
- PDF Document Versions
- PDF Cross-Compatibility
- PDF/A Options
- Document Options
- Security Options
- File Size Optimization
- Current Limitations
PDF Document Versions
The PDF export engine produces PDF documents of the following versions depending on specified export options:
- A PDF 1.4 document is generated by default and is supported by the Adobe Acrobat version 5.0 or later.
- A PDF 1.6 document is generated if you enable encryption in PDF options and set the PdfPasswordSecurityOptions.EncryptionLevel property to PdfEncryptionAlgorithm.AES128 or PdfEncryptionAlgorithm.ARC4. This document version is supported by Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or later.
- A PDF 1.7 document is generated if you enable encryption in PDF options and set the PdfPasswordSecurityOptions.EncryptionLevel property to PdfEncryptionAlgorithm.AES256. This document version is supported by Adobe Acrobat 9.0 or later.
PDF generation does not require installing third-party components on an end-user’s machine.
- When including Far-Eastern and Arabic fonts into PDF, make sure that the included fonts contain all necessary characters.
Document hyperlinks will be active in PDF only if the Create links from URLs setting is enabled in Adobe® Reader installed on the target machine.
To access this option in the program’s Edit menu, click Preferences and in the invoked dialog, switch to General.
The document pages’ background is filled with the color specified by the XtraReport.PageColor property. If you want to add a background image to the PDF file, set this property to Transparent.
The following PDF/A specifications are supported.
- PDF/A-1b (ISO 19005-1)
- PDF/A-2b (ISO 19005-2:2011)
- PDF/A-3b (ISO 19005-3:2012)
To make a document compatible with the PDF/A specification, use the following options.
For a code sample, refer to the following example online: How to export a report to ZUGFeRD.
For the current versions of the library, consider the following restrictions associated with PDF/A compatibility.
- All PDF/A versions implicitly prohibit encryption.
- All fonts that are used in PDF/A documents should be embedded.
- The PDF/A-1b and PDF/A-2b standards do not support attachments.
- The PDF/A-1b standard does not support transparency, and the alpha channel in images will be ignored.
To check the validity of PDF export options, use the PdfExportOptions.Validate method that returns a list of any detected inconsistencies.
Use the PdfExportOptions.PasswordSecurityOptions property to protect the resulting PDF file from being read, copied, printed and/or edited by specifying passwords for these actions.
PDF passwords are saved with report definitions in clear text. Make sure that only trusted parties have access to report definition files.
It is also possible to enable text access to a document for screen reader devices.
This property returns a PdfEncryptionLevel enumeration value enabling you to select any of the following encryption algorithms:
- 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) - the default value;
- 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard);
- 128-bit ARC4 (Alleged Rivest Cipher 4).
Use the PdfExportOptions.SignatureOptions to apply an X.509 certificate to the resulting PDF file and digitally sign the document.
For a code sample, see How to use the digital signature options when exporting a report to PDF.
File Size Optimization
Use the following options to vary the quality of PDF-embedded images and in this way, control the resultant file size.
When this option is enabled, you can use the PageByPageExportOptionsBase.RasterizationResolution property to define the image resolution.
To reduce the size of large documents (e.g., before sending them via e-mail), you can use the following option.
As for the embedded fonts and PDF page content, they are always compressed in the resulting PDF file.
At present, the following limitations apply to PDF export:
- Glyph Shaping does not work for non-embedded fonts.
- Support for right-to-left languages with non-embedded fonts requires that your application runs under full trust.
- Export of vector EMF and WMF images is not supported. The current export mechanism supports EMF+ only.