Documentation for the AscToPDF conversion utility
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AscToPDF is a utility designed to convert plain text files into PDF pages. The program can be used to convert legacy text files to PDF as one-off conversions, or to help you author sets of PDF pages in text. The program has been developed from AscToHTM a text-to-HTML conversion utility. Much of the code and help files are developed in parallel, so there may occasionally be inappropriate references to AscToHTM.
The program attempts to detect the existing structure in the files being converted by determining rules or policies that describe the file layout. These are known as the analysis policies.
The policies used by the file can be saved to a policy file and subsequently reloaded. This allows standard sets of policies to be defined.
This document describes AscToPDF 0.9, released in April 2006.
The PDF version of this document was converted from the textfile AscToPDF.txt by the product itself.
Any HTML, RTF or Windows Help files are also converted from the same text file using the AscToHTM and AscToRTF JafSoft utilities.
Windows installationHow it works
Assumptions made by the programRunning the software
The analysis pass
The collating pass
The output pass
OverviewsGetting the most from AscToPDF
Running as a Windows application
Running as a command line program
Running from the 'SendTo' menu
Making your first attemptUnderstanding the PDF generated
Refining your results
Processing several files at once
Generating log files
Text layoutUsing policy files
Headings and section titles
What are Policy files?Using the pre-processor
Document commandsUsing Text Command Files
Text Commands availableDiagnosing conversion errors
Text Command line elements
An example Text Command File
Version 0.9 (April 2006)Ordering your copy
What happens if I don't register AscToPDF?Other versions
Other products by the same author
Contacts on the Web
API versionDocumentation available
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© 2006 John A Fotheringham