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#1 Kazz

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:27 PM

Hi Guys,
Im now using the new updated LDD. Whilst i welcome the parts list at the end of the building instructions (good move) I now have a problem with converting the instructions into PDF. I can turn it into an HTML file from LDD but unlike before I now have separate pages rather than one long one, so when I try to convert it into a PDF it just converts the 1st page and not the rest of the pages. Is it something Im doing wrong or is there another way to do this.
Also other programs Ive tried to use since LDD updated itself wont work when I try to use LXF files, Im not sure whats happened.
Thanks in advance  :classic:
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#2 Calabar

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:35 PM

I can't try in this moment, but perhaps you can easily modify the script inside the html page, forcing all steps to be visible in the same moment.
Try that and tell us the result!  :classic:
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#3 Kazz

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

View PostCalabar, on 19 February 2012 - 07:35 PM, said:

I can't try in this moment, but perhaps you can easily modify the script inside the html page, forcing all steps to be visible in the same moment.
Try that and tell us the result!  :classic:

Thanks for the reply. That sounds interesting. Im not sure how to do that but could follow instructions if you could tell me how to do it.
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#4 legolijntje

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:08 PM

View PostCalabar, on 19 February 2012 - 07:35 PM, said:

I can't try in this moment, but perhaps you can easily modify the script inside the html page, forcing all steps to be visible in the same moment.
Try that and tell us the result!  :classic:

Easily modify the html won't work, because all pictures of the building steps and parts are saved in a folder. If you create an html page of the instructions, the most work is done by a javascript code and the html is just for showing the pictures on the right place and showing the text.

#5 Calabar

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:09 PM

Ok, I found an html file I generated some time ago.

Here are the steps you have to follow:
  • Open the html file in a text editor
  • Search ".step" (should be the first occurrence using the search function of your text editor)
    and delete the line containing "display:none;" below it.
    Note that only this step is necessary.
  • Search "function biStep(step)" and clear the content of the function.
  • Search the line containing "<div class="stepdisplay" id="step_display></div>"" and delete it
  • Search "<div id="nav"  class="nav">" and delete all below it, except "</body> </html>"

Obviously the work can be organized in a better way, but I think it is enough to start.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:11 PM

I think I've got a solution  :classic:
Can you share your lxf, I'll make a pdf instruction for you  :classic:

Edited by legolijntje, 19 February 2012 - 08:12 PM.


#7 Kazz

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:18 PM

thanks guys, you are being really helpful. Ive now tried bullzip PDF printer. Ive got it converted to PDF but now at the bottom of each page it shows where on my PC the file was kept. How can I remove this as i dont want this showing if I pass on the intructions to others. Hopefully someone is familiar with bullzip printer.
I need to find a solution rather than someone doing it for me as I will have loads....also you never learn if you dont do it yourself   :classic:
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#8 Calabar

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:27 PM

Probably the best choice is to open the HTML with a word processor (such as libreoffice writer), so you can adjust it and then export in pdf format.

Did you try my solution?
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#9 Kazz

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:54 PM

yes i did try. I managed to follow your steps but now stuck. I did it in notepad but could only save it in txt format so not sure what to do next.
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#10 Calabar

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 10:54 PM

You have to modify the .html file and save the modifies in the same file.
You have not to save another file.
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#11 legolijntje

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:13 AM

View PostKazz, on 19 February 2012 - 08:18 PM, said:

thanks guys, you are being really helpful. Ive now tried bullzip PDF printer. Ive got it converted to PDF but now at the bottom of each page it shows where on my PC the file was kept. How can I remove this as i dont want this showing if I pass on the intructions to others. Hopefully someone is familiar with bullzip printer.
I need to find a solution rather than someone doing it for me as I will have loads....also you never learn if you dont do it yourself   :classic:

That's done by the browser itself, not by the html, javascript, bullzip or ldd. So, the problem is in the browser...

#12 Calabar

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:05 AM

View Postlegolijntje, on 20 February 2012 - 10:13 AM, said:

That's done by the browser itself, not by the html, javascript, bullzip or ldd. So, the problem is in the browser...
That's probably right. It is typical of the browsers to add the path of the file at the bottom of a print, so as "bullzip PDF printer" is a simple print driver, it receive the same output as a standard printer.

So the best choice is to directly convert the html page with a dedicated software without passing through the browser.
As I suggested before, open the html file with libreoffice writer is a good and fast solution.

@Kazz
If you have problems with your notepad, you can try the more complete notepad2.
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