Pepakura - Convert PDO to PDF

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Introduction: Pepakura - Convert PDO to PDF

This tutorial will show you how to create PDF files out of your PDO using Pepakura Viewer !
You should now What-is-Pepakura-and-how-to-start and  How-to-use-Pepakura-Viewer

Lots of people were asking me about this tutorial separately.
It seems to be an issue that they cannot solve so easily.

Hope this helps you.


Updated: 2013/01/11 ... 2 hours of work so far :)

Step 1: Video on Youtube (HD 720p)

In case you prefer video to reading. I made this tutorial on my channel as well:

Step 2: Get a File to Work With !

Pepakura offers some basic shapes which you can download and try out:
http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/download/polygons/index.html

OR

Go to Download Page and see section "Download Geometric Models (Free)".
Scroll down where you can get shapes like CUBE:
Download [cube.pdo] (4 kB)

Step 3: How to Do It !

So you have this program with .PDO files on your drive and you want to print.
What now ?

A.] You can print it at home if you have printer, directly from Pepakura software.
B.] In case you do not have printer = you need .PDF to print it elsewhere.

Here you will learn how to convert .PDO to .PDF file !

1.] Install Adobe Reader to be able to open PDF files.
2.] Go to: http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp

There you can download CutePDF and GPL Ghostscript both which you need to convert files.
CutePDF will be added into your printer settings and Ghostscript does some magic allowing it :)

HOW TO CONVERT
1.] When you want to convert .PDO to .PDF all you need to do is PRINT as you usually would.
2.] Select CutePDF, print it = the proccess is fake so no printer needed !
3.] It asks you where to save .PDF converted file and that is all ladies and gentlemen ;)

Look at screenshots in this step !

Step 4: What Next ?

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The latest version of Pepakura Designer has a "Print to PDF" option.

Hi, thanks.

I will update the tutorial and still this may stay valid for those using older version.

Hey,

If I were to send a .pdo file to someone could they perhaps send me the PDF in return? I'm on a mac so can't use Pepakura on it. Winebottler doesn't seem to work.

Thanks

I got really angry. Sorry. Why we dowload Cutepdf?? I wasted my time. Just download Pepakura Designer, open pdo file and 'print to pdf', it is ready. Thanks

Hello,

How do I add the automatic numbers to the pdf file?

Thanks a lot!

Greetings.

you can use NITROPDF as well

Hi,

I converted pdo to pdf, but when I open the pdf its just blank page. Help please! Thanks!

I had the same issue. Found a post somewhere else that said to open the print settings from the settings tab and change the option from 'Print lines smoothly (bitmap print)' to 'Print lines clearly (vector print)'. After I made that change I was at least able to see the lines on the pdf. Now I am having an issue getting the texture to show up in the pdf. I am still working on that problem.

I had the same issue. Found a post somewhere else that said to open the print settings from the settings tab and change the option from 'Print lines smoothly (bitmap print)' to 'Print lines clearly (vector print)'. After I made that change I was at least able to see the lines on the pdf. Now I am having an issue getting the texture to show up in the pdf. I am still working on that problem.

Hi,

really hard to help this way, and I do net recall this would happen to me.

Sry.