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Fiordhraoi February 18th, 2021 12:27 PM

PDFs as separate files?
Is it possible to save to pdf / print the entire portfolio, but have each character's PDF printed as its own file rather than a single large PDF?

Dami February 18th, 2021 09:38 PM

No. You should be able to break up the original into smaller files with a separate program.

EDIT: You can print each character separately as its own PDF, or the whole portfolio as one PDF. There's no single option to print the whole portfolio to PDF and have it separate the individual heroes into their own PDF.

Ualaa February 19th, 2021 04:55 AM

I thought there was an option for just one character to be printed, whether to paper or PDF.
And something to enable/check for the entire portfolio to be printed.

If you save to PDF/print a character at a time, several steps instead of one, you can have each character as it's own PDF file.
I do that for the players who play remotely in our game.

My Hero Lab (classic, because we use Community Pack and Sphere packages heavily) is the official version.
Players get a new sheet (or PDF) each week, with any update to their character.
Two have liked HL enough to start buying pieces of it, but most finding 600+ to daunting to buy it and don't want a partial access... so just have me build a character with them, they make the choices and I enter to make sure the build is legitimate.

Fiordhraoi March 24th, 2021 06:59 AM

Yeah, I've been printing them individually, I was just hoping to be able to click a couple times and get all my players' sheets at once rather than select, print/export, save, select location, wait for it to finish, etc. :)

Thanks all!

Azhrei March 25th, 2021 05:02 AM

I don't know how comfortable you are with scripting, but there are command line tools that can split a PDF into separate pages. For example, pdftk and qpdf are two (both of which I use). I've used a scheme that prints the entire portfolio, then run a script that extracts the first 4 pages to "ugliwarto.PDF", the next two pages to "barton.PDF", and so on. It becomes just a couple clicks (one to generate the PDF and another to run the script).

Because the script always uses the same filenames and always uses the same number of pages, it's not a very sophisticated script! (Sometimes I have to update it; for example, when a spellcaster gains a level and their list of spells spans another page.)


Fiordhraoi March 25th, 2021 06:16 AM

Interesting. I do a decent bit of powershell scripting for work, so while I'm not what I'd consider a coder that might be within my comfort zone. Thanks, I'll check it out.

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