How to use test mode

Test mode can be started from the Process Plan, Profile, Fixup or Check editor in pdfToolbox Desktop. Open any of these editors and:

  1. Click on the button labelled "Test".

This immediately opens the test mode for the item you are editing.

These are the main features of the test mode window:

  1. By default, test mode creates a copy of the document you had open in pdfToolbox, runs the Process Plan, Profile, Check or Fixup you are editing on that copy and then displays the result in the left hand side part of the test mode window. This allows you to instantly see what the result is of processing, but without having to choose a destination for the modified PDF file or having to be afraid your original document will be overwritten.
  2. On the right hand side, the test mode window shows the execution log as you would normally see it in the Profiles window when you run for example your Process Plan. This part allows you to see whether processing was succesfull, what the result were and so on.
  3. If you want to test on different PDF documents, the pull- down menu shows all PDF documents open in pdfToolbox Desktop, a list of previously used PDF documents and allows you to open a completely different PDF document. When selecting a new PDF document here, the Process Plan you're editing is immediately run on the new document.
  4. By checking the "Log Profile Execution" check box, you can save the intermediate processing results. Especially useful for Process Plans that run through many steps.
  5. The "Test" button re-runs the operation. In other words, it creates a fresh copy of the test PDF, runs the Process Plan (or other item you're editing) on it, and displays the results. Note that this is especially useful for things that are based on Place Content, as it allows you to edit the place content template used in an external editor, save your changes in the external editor, return to pdfToolbox's test mode window and press "Test" to run the changes in your template.
  6. The "OK" button ends the test session.