PhD Posters converts all PowerPoint files to PDFs before printing, because PowerPoint files don't always print the way they look on-screen. About 30% of PowerPoint files encounter problems when moved from one computer to another -- graphics disappear or misprint, text and labels shift position, Greek letters vanish. If you submit any PowerPoint files, we will cheerfully convert them to PDF "digital proofs" for you to review before we print the final poster. This will, however, delay shipment of your order by at least one day.
The good news is that it's easy for you to convert your PowerPoint to a PDF before submitting it. It's free, it doesn't take long, and it means you'll receive your poster at least 24 hours sooner. Plus, you'll save a little extra money on your order!
PDF files print exactly as they appear on screen, but to ensure top quality, it's important to follow the instructions below. Also, please carefully check the quality of all your figures, etc. before submitting the file. We have instructions available for both Windows and Mac:
You should also read our tips for proofing the final PDF.
Making a PowerPoint into a PDF is downright easy these days. These instructions were developed with Microsoft PowerPoint 2007. (older version?)
Please proof your new PDF carefully before submitting! PowerPoint is famous for not printing things exactly as they appear on screen:
Windows doesn't come with a "print to PDF" function, so you'll need either Adobe Acrobat (Pro or Standard) or Adobe Distiller. (The free Adobe Reader won't work.) If you don't have Acrobat, there's a free 30-day trial of Acrobat Pro you can download from Adobe. (At Duke, Acrobat Standard is also sold for $99 in the campus computer store.) These instructions were developed with Windows 2000, PowerPoint 2000, and Acrobat 7 Pro.
|Actual poster size||Acrobat letter size|
|42" x 36"||9.92" x 8.50"|
|48" x 42"||9.71" x 8.50"|
|60" x 42"||11.0" x 7.70"|
|72" x 42"||11.0" x 6.42"|
|84" x 42"||11.0" x 5.50"|
|96" x 42"||11.0" x 4.81"|
Making a PowerPoint into a PDF is easy on the Mac. These instructions were developed with Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2008.
Mac OS X has a built-in "print to PDF" function that works from any application, so we'll use that to convert our PowerPoint file. These instructions were developed with Mac OS X 10.4.5 and PowerPoint 2004.
Bug Alert: Using Mac OS 10.5 to convert a PowerPoint file to PDF (via "Print to PDF...") will give a file that does not print properly. We suggest submitting the original PowerPoint file in this case. Other versions of OS X (including 10.4 and 10.6) and conversions made with Acrobat are not affected.