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This is a discussion on Print to PDF within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; I'm trying to print a map to PDF for easy electronic distrubution. However, when I open the PDF file, the ...

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    I'm trying to print a map to PDF for easy electronic distrubution. However, when I open the PDF file, the map is very 'fuzzy' It's a map of North america, and you can barely make out state lines and you can't read state names at all.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

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    Is the PDF driver set to resize the image? Make sure it is not changing the size or resolution of the map image.

    If that does not work, I would recommend doing a screenshot image or Save As HTML and pull out the image, then incorporate it into Word or whatever will do your page layout before printing to PDF.
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    I just had the same problem and found a workaround. There may be a much easier way to get good final PDF quality, but at least this works. It's my first day using Mappoint and I already have a nice set of client location maps.

    I created the maps in mappoint, then before printing, I changed the windows video resolution to 2048 x 1536. (Right-click on the desktop, select Properties, then Settings.) In Acrobat, I set the print resolution to 300 instead of screen res. After creating the PDFs, I changed the resolution back to normal and merged the various maps into a single PDF file and added bookmarks. The resulting maps look great!

    If anyone knows an easier way, I'd like to hear it.

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    Easier way to good PDFs

    After experimenting a bit more I realized that I didn't need to change video resolution. I started doing that to try and make larger format maps.

    So to get better quality in your printed map, here's all it takes. Select File, Print then change these settings...
    - Set Acrobat printer resolution to either 300 dpi or 600 dpi. 600 dpi is slightly better but makes a huge print file.
    - Set map quality to Presentation.

    You probably were printing to screen resolution, or at normal quality.

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