Q: What and where are the settings files for PDF Studio?

A: Settings files for PDF Studio are saved under a directory called .pdfstudio[version], where [version] is the version of PDF Studio you have installed, located under the user home directory.

Note: The hidden files may not be shown by default for your system. You must first make sure that you can see hidden files before you can access the settings files. See the documentation for your OS to enable displaying hidden files. 

Windows:

Using Command Prompt

  • Open a command shell: Windows + R, cmd or Start > Run > cmd
  • The command prompt should open to your user directory by default.  For example, C:\users\JohnSmith
  • Type dir /a in the terminal window.
  • You should see a folder named .pdfstudio[version] in the file list where [version] is the version of PDF Studio you have installed. For example, .pdfstudio9
  • This is where you will find the files listed below

Using File Explorer

  • The folder is typically located in the primary drive where the OS is installed
  • C:/Users/[username] where “username” is the name of the account login
  • You should see a folder named .pdfstudio[version] in the file list where [version] is the version of PDF Studio you have installed. For example, .pdfstudio9
  • This is where you will find the files listed below

Mac and Linux:

Using Terminal

  • Open a Terminal window. (On Mac, Applications > Utilities > Terminal.app) (On Linux: Ctrl + Shift + T)
  • The terminal prompt should open to your user directory by default.  For example, apple-ibook:~apple
  • Type ls -a in the terminal window.
  • You should see a folder named .pdfstudio[version] in the file list where [version] is the version of PDF Studio you have installed. For example, .pdfstudio9
  • This is where you will find the files listed below

Using Finder/File Explorer

  • The folder is typically located in the primary drive where the OS is installed
    • On Mac – Open Finder then go to Macintosh HD->Users->[username] where “username” is the name of the account login
    • On Linux – Open File Explorer then go to the Home folder
  • You should see a folder named .pdfstudio[version] in the file list where [version] is the version of PDF Studio you have installed. For example, .pdfstudio9
  • This is where you will find the files listed below

 

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Folders:

cstamps is the folder where the custom stamps are saved

stamps
 is the folder where the image files for image stamps are saved

sign is the folder where the user digital certificates files

Files:

.eulainfo is the eula acceptance file

.mycomments contains “my comments” under the tool chest

.recentcomments contains “recent comments” under the tool chest

dock.xml contains the settings for the location / docking of the toolbars on the screen

emailhints are the completion hints for the fields in the send email dialog

pdfstudio.log is the log file which contains any error log. It can be viewed from PDF Studio under the Help -> About dialog (click on the pdfstudio.log link next to “View Log File”).

pscerts is the certificate store

settings.xml is the general settings file which contains user preferences such as annotation defaults, watermarks, headers and footers, email settings, document services, etc… All passwords are encrypted in this file.

stamps.xml contains information about text, image and custom stamps such as name, transparency, color, etc… It also has links to the resource files located under the stamps or the cstamps directories.

visibility.xml contains the visibility settings for the icons on the toolbar: which tools is visible or hidden and which toolbar is grouped or un-grouped.