Pepakura - Convert PDO to PDF

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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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    21 Discussions

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    unkerjay

    3 years ago

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

    pepakura_v3_18_print2pdf.jpg
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    krsiakunkerjay

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi, thanks.

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

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    AshleyV41

    Question 8 months ago on Introduction

    hi so i followed allt he needed steps and nothing is happening

    i do not know what i am doing wrong

    thx ashley

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    SpiderW1

    2 years ago

    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

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    DIY-with-MOON

    2 years ago

    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

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    JDillen

    3 years ago

    Hello,

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

    Thanks a lot!

    Greetings.

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    TonyS18

    3 years ago

    you can use NITROPDF as well

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    KitG2

    3 years ago

    Hi,

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

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    Kekkei_GenkaiKitG2

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    Kekkei_GenkaiKitG2

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    krsiakKitG2

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi,

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

    Sry.

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    RizzScumkrsiak

    Reply 3 years ago

    im having the same issues. ive tryed a couple of converts and nothings happening. every once in awhile i get page numbers at the bottom.

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    qnav.alex

    4 years ago

    hi,i'm using pepakura viewer and designer so i did what had to be done to save pdo files as pdf but when i print them the lines dissapear and only numbers appear....

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    krsiakqnav.alex

    Reply 4 years ago

    Hi,

    that is weird, not sure if happened to me such scenario.

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    qnav.alexkrsiak

    Reply 4 years ago

    thanks for the quick answer..maybe i sould choose some option inside pepakura designer because i scaled down the file..has this something to do with my problem..?

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    krsiakqnav.alex

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi,

    add me on skype: krsiak.daniel ... write there PEPAKURA NEED HELP, .. so I know, will add you, you can share your screen then and I will be able to help, I cannot really "debug" the issue via comment here ;)

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    qnav.alex

    4 years ago

    hi,i'm using pepakura viewer and designer so i did what had to be done to save pdo files as pdf but when i print them the lines dissapear and only numbers appear....

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    krsiakqnav.alex

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi,

    from what you write that just does not make sense :) Once you see them, if they are "printed" in PDF, all should be ok. Feel free to add me on skype: krsiak.daniel

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    shawn96

    5 years ago on Step 3

    hey krsiak i installed paperkura viewer and designer but when i open paperkura viewer the screen stays black

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    krsiakshawn96

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 3

    Hi,

    this is hard question to answer what can be the issue.

    I ran in past Windows 7 and now I use Windows 8. Both were 64bit system and it worked fine for me everytime. Try to install updates and check if your network is not blocked. There may be some request from the programme trying to get online but to be honest why the screen is black I have no idea.