| Opening Files
| Exporting | Copy and Paste
| Keyboard Shortcuts
This is a guide to standalone SwiftView Pro+PDF for Windows, which is a simple but powerful viewer for several file types, including PDF.
The features depicted here are available by default.
However, SwiftView's user interface can easily be changed so you might see something different.
SwiftView's design concept is extreme simplicity.
We have deliberately simplified the standard user interface to minimize training and maximize viewing efficiency. However, users with more advanced requirements can tap into advanced features built into SwiftView by using the SwiftView Imaging Command Set (ICS).
By default, the SwiftView Pro+PDF toolbar looks like this:
- Exit: Quits the program.
- All: Zooms to show the entire page.
- Wide: Zoom to page width.
- Rotate: Rotates the view in 90 degree increments.
- Print: Invokes the print menu. See Printing below.
- Open: Selects a file to view.
- Help: Displays the help menu
- Export: Enables you to save or export the viewed file in a variety of formats. See Exporting below.
- SwiftView Logo: Click on this to access product and user information at www.swiftview.com.
- Page control: "1 of 2" shown above indicates that the user is currently viewing page 1 of a 2-page document.
To the right and left of "1 of 2" are arrows which enable paging through the document. To jump to a specific page, click on the "1 of 2" page control area.
Configuration Menus: Pressing the right mouse button when the cursor is on the toolbar displays a GUI configuration menu to
change the button style, toolbar location, tooltips and scrollbar.
You can also determine the version of SwiftView with "About SwiftView..."
Selecting "Printer Emulation Settings" in this menu displays the printer emulation menu.
The settings listed under "PCL Printer Defaults" are equivalent to the options in an HP PCL printer's front panel menu. Notice that the display may vary from what is shown below depending on your specific configuration.
Both menus allow you to reset to the default settings, and to force your settings to override network-wide or website settings.
- Zoom in: Move the arrow onto the viewing area, click and drag the cursor to create a
rectangle around the desired view. Upon button release, SwiftView zooms in to that rectangle.
- Zoom Out: Click the All button to show the entire page, or click the Wide button to zoom to the page width.
- Pan: Use the arrow keys to move the view around the page-- particularly useful if you are zoomed in.
- Rotate: Click the Rotate button to turn the page 90 degrees clockwise. Rotation doesn't affect printing.
- Paging: The "1 of 2" in the toolbar indicates that we are viewing the first page of
a two-page document. To the right and left of "1 of 2" are arrows which enable paging through the document. To jump to a specific page, click the "1 of 2" page control area. The following dialog will be invoked, which
allows jumping to the first, last, or an arbitrary page number:
- Search for Text: Press "s" or "ctrl-f" to search for text in the document. Note
that some documents are in formats that are not searchable. Press the "g" key or F3 to go to the next occurrence of an
When SwiftView Pro+PDF is installed, it does not automatically associate any file extentions with the SwiftView Pro+PDF application. You can open a file to view in SwiftView Pro+PDF in one of several ways:
If you are upgrading from a previous version of the SwiftView viewer, any file types associated with the previous version will automatically be associated with SwiftView Pro+PDF. Consult your Windows documentation or your IT department for instructions on associating file types to SwiftView Pro+PDF.
- Click the Open button on the Toolbar then browse to and select the file to open
- Browse to the file using Windows Explorer, right click on the file name, select the Open With option and select SwiftView Pro+PDF from the available applications
- Configure your system to automatically open files in SwiftView Pro+PDF when you double-click on the file name by associating the file extension with SwiftView Pro+PDF. For example, if you want PDF files to automatically open in SwiftView Pro+PDF when you double-click on the files, associate the PDF file extension with SwiftView Pro+PDF.
Clicking the Print button in the SwiftView toolbar will invoke a print dialog window similar to the following:
This dialog is the typical Windows print menu with some additional features:
- Selection: This allows printing a small selected area of the document. Note that the selected
area is chosen after clicking the "OK" button in the print dialog window. After you click the "OK" button, the cursor changes to a "scissors" icon. Click and drag the cursor to create a
rectangle around the desired area of the document. This prints selected area, scaled to fill the entire
page. Press the right mouse button before releasing the left to cancel this operation.
- Print Method: Clicking the Print Method dropdown offers the following choices:
In general, if you don't like the way one method prints, try a different method! To read more about print
methods, consult the SwiftView Configuration Manual.
Reset to default uses SwiftView's Intelligent Printing technology to select the best method. Typically, SwiftView makes available only the print methods most likely to work for the file/printer combination.
Allow All makes all of the print methods available, regardless of the file/printer combination.
- Options: Displays the following menu:
- Print Method is the same as described above.
- Paper Selection allows the selection of a specific paper size to print on or one can use
the size specified in the document, if applicable.
- Obey document duplexing commands will pass any duplexing (2-sided printing) commands that already
exist in the file to your printer. Don't check this box if your printer can't handle duplexing.
- Enlarge/Reduce Select the None (one-to-one) option to print the file at the orginal size or Enlarge/Reduce to fit to change the size to fit to all of the paper or just the printable area.
- Special Options control the rotation and position of the image on the
paper, whether markup, if present, will be printed,
and whether to print in color or monochrome (dithered bitonal).
Note that the Color option defaults to color if the Windows driver produces color.
Some older PCL printers will fail to print correctly if sent color PCL data.
Resolution sets the maximum resolution.
You can print at the resolution of
the original file (300 DPI if the original lacks a resolution, e.g. HPGL), or at an arbitrary resolution, if the printer and drivers support it.
Notes: If an option you want is grayed out, try a different print method.
Direct Print (often the default) offers no options!
Color and Resolution options are available only with Pro or Pro+PDF licensing.
Click on the ? button in the title bar, then on the item of interest for more details.
You can interactively convert and export a document to a file with SwiftView Pro+PDF Viewer's "Export" menu.
Select the Open button from the SwiftView toolbar to open and display a PCL,
PDF, HPGL or TIFF file.
Once the file is open, click the Export button, and choose the following selections on
the Save menu:
- Select the desired pages or area to convert, e.g. All Pages, or Pages to convert a page range.
- Select your desired file type from the Type pulldown, e.g., PDF, TIFF or PCL.
NOTE: there are additional output formats available using batch conversion with ICS commands - see below.
- If you want to output each page to a separate file, choose One .NNN file per page. The files
are named filename.001, filename.002 ...
- Click OK. The Save As menu pops up; enter the path and filename
for the new file(s).
The Options button displays the following menu:
Click on the ? button in the title bar, then on the item of interest for more details.
View saved file opens the output file with the "Edit" or "Open" application currently registered with Windows Explorer for the file's suffix.
Enlarge/Reduce specifies whether to keep the original size or to try to fit to the output paper size.
This option is only available for TIFF FAX and HPGL output; all other save formats save at the original size.
The default is to fit to all of the paper, however if you find that the margins are getting
cut off, try the just the printable area setting.
- Special Options control the rotation and position of the image on the paper,
whether to export in color or monochrome (dithered bitonal), and whether markup, if present, will be exported.
Resolution sets the resolution.
You can save at the resolution of
the original print/tiff file (300 DPI if the original lacks a resolution, e.g. HPGL), or at an arbitrary resolution, if the output format supports it
Copy and Paste
Hold down the Alt key while clicking and dragging with the mouse to select the desired text to copy.
Sometimes SwiftView is configured to zoom when the Alt key is held down. If yours works that way, simply
use the mouse without holding down Alt to select the text. Then use ctrl-C or just plain C to copy the
This selects PCL, PDF, and HPGL text only. Paste into another application as usual using ctrl-V or Edit|
Many SwiftView functions can also be performed with keystrokes:
Want to customize SwiftView's appearance? Add or subtract buttons? Make your own keyboard
shortcuts? This and more is possible with ICS commands.
- 'a' - View all the page at once in the existing window.
- 'w' - Fill the full width of the window with the top of the page
- 'b' - Fill the full width of the window with the bottom of the page
- 'i' - Zoom in
- 'o' - Zoom out
- 'Arrows'- Pan in designated direction (useful only after you have zoomed in)
- 'r' - Rotate the page 90 degrees (clockwise)
- 'f' and 'Home' - Go to first page of document
- 'l' and 'End' - Go to last page of document
- 'n' - Go to next page of document
- 'p' - Go to previous page of document
- 'PageDown' - Normal viewing of a portrait document is done using the "PageDown" button.
This pans down the page until the bottom is visible and then displays the next page
- 'PageUp' - Pans a portrait page up until the top is visible and then displays the previous page
- 's' or 'Ctrl-f' - Start the PCL, PDF, and HPGL text search (find) dialog
- 'F3' or 'g' - Execute last search again
- 'c' or 'Ctrl-c' or 'Ctrl-Ins' - Copy text selected with the mouse to the clipboard
- 'Ctrl-p' or 'Ctrl-l' - Print entire document on Windows default printer
- 'F1' - Help dialog
- 'F9' - Copyright dialog, including version number information
- 'F8 - File Information dialog. Includes path, file type, page size and resolution, current SwiftView licensed feature flags (e.g. Pro/SwiftConvert), and stamp information if the file is SwiftStamped: