I would contact Customer Support for answers to your questions, particularly with regards to the page number file format and related questions.
Can you display the PDF Output Tree (like your image on the right) before actually generating the .pdf?
I couldn't find it on DxD 7.9
No, the display you see on the right is from my PDF editing tool called Bluebeam PDF Review.
I should have updated this discussion with the solution which ended up to be SCOUT related. What we did was add to each composite symbol and each sheet border a property that gave the starting page number.
In out case we used a property called SCHEM_SHEET_NO. I have attached a copy of the scout.ini file if you are interested (extension changed to .inn so it would attach). See directref1, directref5, and directref6
To make the PDF's order sheets the same as Scout assigns, you must set the "Schematic Sheet Order Property" box inside DxPDF
This will not work unless the property is also on your borders and attached to each hierarchical block symbol(s).
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Thanks a lot, Ted.
I run scout with no problem, the only little itchy issue is the printed order when generating pdf from viewdraw.
I have multiple hierarchical blocks on the design, I assign their page number using "page.txt", as said above, scout runs smoothy as expected but the pdf file has a little mess-up.
For example, block A = assigned page from 20 to 26, block B is single sheet, 27, block C is same as block B, sheet 28.
format_entry "$page_num of $page_total" showed correctly on the border but in the pdf, block B is at page 20, block C is at page 21, and block A starts from 22 to 28.
Other blocks are ok, though.
Don't know why but it seems happening on that specific design only.
I'll try to add the "SCHEM_SHEET_NO" to scout and see what happens.
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You should find the new Sheet/Print Order functionality introduced in the latest version of DxDesigner addresses these issues with a native solution. You can freely move sheets/blocks around the hierarchy and re-order schematics and the print order will update. You can use several of the @properties to manage Board Name, Sheet name, page number and print total. See the video on SupportNet http://supportnet.mentor.com/reference/tutorials/index.cfm?id=10727