Large Reports – 32 bit

Ancestral Quest 32 bit PDF Reports

If you are using a 64 bit operating system, go to Large Reports – 64 bit.

There is a limit to how much you can print on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper. Most people don’t have a way to print on paper larger than legal size at home. The solution is to let someone else print it for you. This will cost a few dollars, so shop around.  You might look in your local yellow pages, or you might Google under Copying or Printers. You will be looking for someone who will accept a .pdf file as input for their printing service. Ask about paper sizes. Ask about transport medium. (do I email this to you or do I bring it to you on a flash drive) Ask about prices. There is no reason to pay more if the quality is the same. (Unless it’s a family/friend kind of thing)

Once you have decided who will do your printing, how you will get it to them, and the paper size you will use, you are ready to do the Ancestral Quest part of the process.

When you installed Ancestral quest, you also installed a program called PDF-XChange 3.0. This program will create the .pdf file.

So! Here’s one example of how to print on large paper.

Click on the Reports (printer) icon on the Tool bar. This will bring up the Reports and Charts screen. Click the Pedigree tab. Push the Fan radio button in the Chart Type box. Push the Half radio button in the Fan Type box, and check the 4-Color square. Change the Gens per page: to something over 7. Click the Search… button if the Starting Person is not the one you want. Click the Common Options button to set your preferences, then check the Siblings in first generation square in the Other Options box. Your Reports and Charts screen should look something like this:

In the Destination box, push the PDF File (.pdf) radio button. Click the Printer Setup… button. Be sure that PDF-XChange 3.0 is selected in the pull-down window. This will bring up the PDF-XChange 3.0 Properties screen. Push the Custom radio button in the Page Size box.

Your printer/copying company told you about paper sizes. Here you are working with a roll of paper with a specific width. Give that width as the width of the custom page. Double that number and add two. Use the result for the length. This is because we asked for a half circle report. The radius of the circle must fit on the width of the page. The diameter of the circle must fit on the length, and that is twice the size of the radius. We add two inches so that we have space for a title. When your page is defined for PDF-XChange, click OK to accept what you created. This will return you to the Print Setup screen. Click OK.  This returns you to the Reports and Charts screen. Click on the Fonts… button. Be sure that Title shows in the pull-down window. Click the Change… button.

Remember when we added two extra inches to the length.  Lets use them. Change the font size to something like 72. Click OK to accept that size. Click OK again to make Ancestral Quest happy about how this process is going. At this point you may feel tempted to click Preview to see how it will look, before you print it. Don’t do it. Even though the Printer/Screen radio button is pushed in the Destination  box, your  print is really going to PDF-XChange, not your printer.  Therefore, press Print.

This warning which comes up is really about printers, not printer drivers, so just ignore it by clicking OK. The Print screen shows that everything is the way we want it.

Click OK to get things started. AQ starts printing. PDF-XChange starts intercepting, and eventually wants you to answer two questions. Where do you want to store this file, and what do you want to call it. Be sure that the .pdf file extension remains on whatever name you choose. Place it on a flash drive or on your hard drive, and PDF-XChange will show you what it looks like.

Congratulations! You built it!

Secondary click (right mouse button for right handers) on Pedigree Chart and open in a new window to see what my chart looks like.

Questions about AQ Will Do or Subjects discussed here?  Leave a Comment.


  1. Thelma Winterbottom

    Could use instructions on how to print out directions on each family member
    listed as starting person. I need these complete reports and listings for my
    Kids and Grandkids books for Christmas. Could you reply ASAP I am in need. Thank
    you. Would appreciate it. Thelma

    • Good question. I replied by email, and asked for specifics on what you wanted to do.

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