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Does anyone have any recommendations for outputting a PDF of map from Manifold 8?

The following printer drivers have all failed to output anything:

CutePDF PDF995 eDoc

Nitro PDF worked (after 3 hours), but produced a 30mb mess of a map. Primo PDF is still going, and has been processing for hours...

My preference is for the output to remain as vectors to keep the quality of the map. Not fussed if it's a GeoPDF or straight PDF.

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Manifold has it's own built in export to pdf from a layout. Just right click on the layout component, and export. It retains the layers from the map in the exported pdf as well.

In the export you can specify the output resolution for both vector and images to get the desired resolution that you want.

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I should've remembered that. My few forays into Layouts produced mostly blank pages with a tiny map in the corner so I've been avoiding them... Time to revisit them! – minus34 Sep 22 '11 at 22:59
You can bind the layout directly to the map when you are creating them, and the map window size can be resized. – Kelso Sep 26 '11 at 23:01

I am not a Manifold user but if you can export your map into a tiff format you can then use Acrobat Professional or Nitro Reader (version 7 engine) to convert to PDF. Personally, I have never been able to successfully export a complex map (a combination of multiple raster and vector layers) to a PDF directly out of a GIS application. The only way is to export to Illustrator or CorelDRAW then convert the graphics to press quality PDF. (Extremely large files) To do this successfully for complex maps you might have to export the vectors and rasters separately then combine in post-processing.

The easiest way to get a decent output relatively small in file size is to export the map to tiff then convert to PDF with Acrobat Pro. If you don't have Acrobat Pro you can use Nitro but it must be newest Nitro Reader which uses the new rendering engine that will eventually be a part of the Nitro PDF Pro 7 if it ever comes out. The Nitro Reader is the only software that (in my opionion) comes close to Acrobat when it comes to converting tiff to PDF.

Also I recommend not to use Nitro products to view the completed PDF on screen. The on-screen rendering is terrible in Nitro. Convert with Nitro Reader and view in the free Adobe Reader. Or just get Acrobat Pro.

I usually export to tiff at 300 - 400 DPI. My maps typically have several high resolution raster layers with transparencies, up to 50 vector layers and 5 - 30 annotation layers. When i export to tiff then convert such map to PDF using Acrobat Pro the resulting file is 1 - 2.5MB for a 11x17" map and 20 - 35MB for a ANSI E 34x44". The resulting image quality is very good but it is essentially a static image just packaged inside a PDF.

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Another solution to my problem I just discovered:

If you just want to output a map to PDF - in Manifold, goto Tools > Options > Printing and uncheck Print using GDI+

Nitro PDF is producing a good looking, albeit 7mb, vector based PDF in 1-2 minutes now...

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