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These PDF files are dynamically converted from the Encapsulated PostScript pictures and thus have the same appearance. Since the Adobe Acrobat Reader is a popular software, readily available on many platforms and is well integrated with web browsers, these files should be much easier to view and print than the EPS versions and do not require any Chinese fonts as opposed to the HTML table versions. The sizes of the files are however larger than the EPS versions without Windows preview option. You will need Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or later since version 3.0 may generate errors. The disadvantage is that PDF files can not be embedded easily into other documents unless you have full version of Acrobat. If you want to decorate your own Chinese calendars, go with the EPS versions. You can also use the Design Your Own Chinese Calendar application to create a monthly or yearly PDF calendar with a picture of your choice.
The following three most commonly requested PDF files have been generated using simplified characters in advance for faster downloading:
You can also, for any year from 1645 to 7000, get PDF format Chinese calendar for any given Gregorian calendar month or year:
However, accuracy will gradually decrease beyond 300 years from the Year 2000. For historical years, the returned calendar is accurate to astronomical events during that period but in a few cases may be different from what was actually used since the algorithms used in those times were less accurate.
Please note that the lunar month(s) in month header refers to new lunar month(s) to start in that solar month unless there is no new lunar month in that solar month in which case the header refers to the current running lunar month.
If the printed calendar shows broken strokes for some Chinese characters, it is often due to low print quality setting. Choosing best quality option in printer setup usually corrects the problem.
When viewing with Acrobat Reader, the Chinese text may appear more visually pleasing if you set Acrobat Reader to smooth line art. For version 5.0, you can set that up by bring up the Preferences dialog using menu Edit | Preferences..., and in the display section, check the smooth line art box under the Smoothing group. Without this option, the Chinese text may appear bold and jagged on the screen. However, the printed result will still be sharp and clear since this option affects display only.
If you are prompted to save the returned file, please use .pdf as the file extension if it is not yet shown as the suggested extension.
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