Progress® Telerik® Reporting R2 2018

Design Considerations for PDF Rendering

The PDF Rendering Extension of Telerik Reporting produces a version 1.6 PDF file. The file can be opened with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 or later.  The file is compressed using the FlateDecode filter. The PDF rendering extension is a physical page renderer, thus has pagination behavior that differs from other rendering extensions such as HTML and Excel, which are not page oriented. PDF and Image Export Formats share the same high-level layout engine. Therefore all rules and design considerations that apply for the Image Rendering Extension apply for PDF as well.

The PDF rendering extension is based on the Image rendering extension, with some differences. For information common to the Image rendering extension and the PDF rendering extension, see Design Considerations for Image Rendering. This topic describes features that are specific to the PDF rendering extension.

PDF Viewers

Due to anti-aliasing which some PDF viewers apply, report item borders may not be displayed consistently at different zoom levels in the PDF viewer. Report item's solid type borders will be rendered with miter joints when two adjacent border segments have different color, or their color is transparent. Borders with miter joints will be anti-aliased in some PDF viewers. To make sure borders will be displayed consistently in a PDF viewer use a single color (e.g. black) for all borders of the report item.

Font Requirements

The PDF rendering extension embeds fonts by default. This functionality is controlled by the FontEmbedding device informattion setting. Fonts that are used in a report must be installed on the machine where the application is running or privateFonts must be configured, so the PDF rendering can embed them. If you disable font embedding, the fonts used in the report must be installed on the client computers used to view the report. When the report engine generates a report in PDF format, it uses the information stored in the font to measure and create character mappings within the PDF file. If the referenced font is not available, the resulting PDF file might not contain the correct mappings and might not display correctly when viewed. Before deploying the report on a production server, you should test the PDF output on client computers to verify that the report renders correctly. Do not rely on the Designer Preview or rendering to HTML, because GDI font substitution in those formats behaves differently than PDF. If there are Unicode Glyphs missing on the server, you may see characters replaced with a question mark and if there is a font missing on the client, you may see characters replaced with boxes.

Caution note Caution

When designing a report that would be exported to PDF, you should make sure that the font you use in the report supports the characters that would be displayed. For example when you use a font that does not support non-Latin characters, but then non-Latin characters are added to the report and it is exported to PDF, they would be replaced by question mark character (?) as PDF doesn’t automatically substitute fonts.

To view the list of fonts that are embedded in a PDF file, open the file in Adobe Acrobat and from the File menu, view Properties. The Fonts tab displays the list of fonts that are embedded in the file.

Password Protection

The PDF rendering extension allows password protection with document content encryption. You can specify owner password and user password. The user password gives read only permissions. The passwords are defined with the rendering extension device info. For more information see: PDF Device Information Settings.

Digital Signature

The digital signature feature enables you to sign and validate a PDF document. A signature confirms that the document content originated from the signer and has not been modified in any way.

In the PDF document model, the validation is performed per signature. A signed document is considered valid when it has not been changed after the signing and all of its certificates have a valid trusted root certificate.

To sign a PDF document a path to a X.509 certificate is specified in the rendering extension device info. For more information see: PDF Device Information Settings.


The PDF rendering extension writes the following information to the PDF file:

PDF property Value
CreatorIf custom value is not specified with PDF Device Information Settings, the default value is Telerik Reporting product name and version.
ProducerIf custom value is not specified with PDF Device Information Settings, the default value is Telerik Reporting product name and version.
CreationDateReport execution time.



The PDF rendering extension supports Document Map interactive feature which is rendered as PDF Bookmarks. You can use the Bookmarks by opening the Bookmarks pane in Acrobat Reader to navigate inside the report.


URL actions on report items are rendered as hyperlinks in the PDF file. Hyperlinks are rendered as clickable links and when you click the hyperlink, the default Web browser opens and navigates to the specified URL.


The PDF Rendering extension has the following limitations:

  • Only Unicode fonts are supported.
  • PDF signing is not supported.
  • Underlining justified text will only underline the words and not the spaces between them.
  • Hiding the border of report items needs to be done with BorderStyle property, not BorderWidth property. To hide the border, apply BorderStyle=None setting for the item


The PDF Rendering extension has the following performance considerations:

  • Rendering reports with many items with justified text may be slower.

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