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EQ7: Creating PDF Files of Patterns

How do I save a pattern preview?

To save the pattern preview as a file, you must save it as a PDF file. For this you will need a PDF program on your computer.

PDFs from EQ7 for Windows

There are free PDF makers available, such as CutePDF (http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp) which can be downloaded and used.

Essentially, once you have downloaded and installed software that can create a PDF file, you:

  1. In EQ7, choose the PDF printer as your printer by going to FILE > Page Setup > Printer. (The PDF program will show up in your printer list after you have downloaded and installed any PDF maker software).
  2. Get your pattern all ready to print on the print preview, exactly as you would like it.
  3. Click Print
  4. Make sure that any box that says “Fit to Page,” “Shrink oversize pages to fit,” or “Expand small pages to paper size” is NOT checked. You do not want the size to be changed to fit the paper size. You will be offered a chance to save.

PDFs from EQ7 for Mac

EQ7 has some pretty advanced printing features that prevented us from implementing the built in “Print as PDF” feature. We did ensure that RWTS PDFwriter worked during our beta tests. The RWTS  PDFwriter driver exactly uses the PDF library built into OSX to create PDFs.

To install RWTS PDFwriter

  1. Download RWTS PDFwriter for Mac
    https://github.com/rodyager/RWTS-PDFwriter
  2. Open the “RWTS-PDFwriter.pkg” file. It should be in your downloads directory.
  3. In the “Install RWTS PDFwriter” window that appears, follow the directions on screen to install.

Set EQ7 to print to the PDFwriter virtual printer

  1. Open EQ7.
  2. In the menu at the top of the screen, go to File > Print Setup.
  3. In the window that appears, change the “Format For” option to “PDFwriter”.
  4. Click “OK”.
  5. On a Mac, the PDF will save here: Macintosh HD > Users > Shared > PDFWriter

Print to the PDFwriter virtual printer

  1. Get your pattern all ready to print on the print preview, exactly as you would like it.
  2. Click Print
  3. Make sure that any box that says “Fit to Page,” “Shrink oversize pages to fit,” or “Expand small pages to paper size” is NOT checked. You do not want the size to be changed to fit the paper size. You will be offered a chance to save.

What if my PDF does not show seam allowance?

If you find your PDF file pattern is missing seam allowance, then print again after doing this first in EQ7: Click FILE > Preferences > General > under “Printing Options” change the minimum line size in Pixels to 4. Click OK.