PDF Create Properties

The ScanSoft PDF Create! Properties dialog box appears if you

  • click the Properties button in the Print dialog box in any print-capable Windows application when ScanSoft PDF Create! is selected under Printer.

  • in Microsoft Word, click the PDF Links button, select the Advanced Settings tab in the Nuance PDF Settings for Word dialog box, then click the Advanced Settings… button.

  • select Settings from the Nuance PDF menu or click the PDF Converter button settings PDF Create Properties Settings button in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint, then click the Advanced Settings button on the Advanced Settings panel of the Nuance PDF Settings for Excel or Nuance PDF Settings for PowerPoint dialog box, respectively.

  • choose Printers and Faxes from the Windows Start Menu, select the ScanSoft PDF Create! printer, right click and choose Printing Preferences. In this case, the dialog box is named ScanSoft PDF Create! Printing Preferences.

It cannot be accessed from the PDF Create Assistant, because there all processing is done through Profiles.


When you access this in the first three ways, the changes are applied to the current document only. When you access it from Printers and Faxes, your settings become preferences that are applied to all conversions started from the Print command. See Printer Driver Settings.


The ScanSoft PDF Create! Properties dialog box includes two tabs, General and PDF Settings, where you can modify driver settings. A third tab, About PDF Create provides version information about the product.


General Tab

The General tab provides controls for the size and page layout of the PDF file.


Page Setup settings in applications such as Microsoft Word may override some General settings made in PDF Create.


Paper Size

Select Standard and then choose a page size from the pull–down list, or choose Custom and specify the page dimensions and margins.

Click Add to define or modify additional standard page sizes using page dimensions you specify.



Select Portrait or Landscape.


This setting influences character spacing, line breaks, and image quality. Usually, higher resolution produces a more accurate layout but a larger file size.

Select a resolution: Screen (72 dpi), Low (150 dpi), Medium (300 dpi), High (600 dpi), 1200 or 2400 dpi (dots per inch).

Low resolution is ideal for screen viewing. However, if you require high-quality hard copy, or accurate control of character position, choose a resolution of at least 600 dpi.


Specify whether to reduce or enlarge a document, and by what percentage, between 1 and 1000 percent.

Enter a value less than 100 percent to reduce the size of the text and images on the page; enter a value greater than 100 percent to enlarge them.

Grayscale Print

Choose this to have a color document converted to a grayscale PDF file.


View Resulting PDF

Select this option to view the PDF file. By default it is selected.

PDF Settings tab

The PDF Settings Tab provides controls for Compatibility, Web optimizing, Destination and Document Settings. It also provides a choice of standard controls for Font Embedding, Compression, Watermarks and Security. Choose a standard control or click the corresponding Advanced button to fully control the process  – protect your PDF with passwords and permissions, add watermarks, define compression settings, control font embedding. Define saving options, including the ability to append or overlay PDF files.


About PDF Create tab

View copyright information, your serial number and access the Quick Guide.


PDF Create Properties