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Plotting to PDF

From: AutoCAD WS Essential Training

Video: Plotting to PDF

One of the most popular ways to exchange printed drawings online is to use PDF files. With AutoCAD WS we can print drawings directly to PDF without the need of additional software. In this lesson we'll print a drawing to PDF. On my screen is the geometry used in a catch basin detail. This file also includes a layout that has been set up for printing the drawing. To view the layout, I'll open the menu at the bottom of the interface and select CB-DETAIL. As a side note, I should mention that this layout represents a letter-sized sheet.

Plotting to PDF

One of the most popular ways to exchange printed drawings online is to use PDF files. With AutoCAD WS we can print drawings directly to PDF without the need of additional software. In this lesson we'll print a drawing to PDF. On my screen is the geometry used in a catch basin detail. This file also includes a layout that has been set up for printing the drawing. To view the layout, I'll open the menu at the bottom of the interface and select CB-DETAIL. As a side note, I should mention that this layout represents a letter-sized sheet.

There is also a Plot Style associated with this drawing, so I'm going to open the View tab, and then I'll open the View mode menu and select As Plot such that I can see the Plot Style settings on screen. Now, let's say that I have just finished editing this drawing and my client called and would like a PDF of the file. To print the drawing to PDF, I'm going to come down to the Output tab, and then I'll click the Plot button, and in the Plot dialog box I'm going to open the Plot Style menu and select mono-43. This is the Plot Style associated with the drawing.

I would like to print this to PDF. I'm going to be printing the CB-DETAIL layout. In the event I had additional layouts in this drawing, I could use the menu to select an alternate. For paper size I'm going to open the menu, and then I'll drag the slider down to the imperial size sheets, and I'll select ANSI A (8.50x11.00 inches). As far as Plot Area is concerned, we have two choices: Extents, and Display. I would like to print the Drawing Extents, and I'd like to print them on the Landscape sheet.

I would also like to print this drawing to a measurable scale, so I will remove the check from the fit the paper setting, and I would like to print it such that 1 inch equals 1 drawing unit. Since my Layout tab measures in inches, this setting essentially means 1:1. In fact, if I press tab to accept the last value, you'll see that reflected right here next to Scale. Now that I am finished I'll come down and click OK, and after a few seconds, AutoCAD WS will let me know the file has finished printing.

I can then click the Download button to download the file to my local machine. I'm going to save this file to my Desktop, and I'll accept the default file name and click Save. To view the PDF file, I'm going to press the Windows key and the letter E to bring up Windows Explorer. I will then visit the Desktop by using the Favorite over here in the left column. I'll drag down, and I'll double-click to open the file. As you can see, the drawing was printed to a letter-size sheet using the selected pan table, and as a bonus, the layer information is also included.

So the viewer of the document has the ability to turn items on or off if they want to. When I'm finished reviewing the print, I'll click the X to close Acrobat. I will then close Windows Explorer and return to AutoCAD WS. When it comes to exchanging printed drawings on line, PDF is the most requested file. Using AutoCAD WS, we can print directly to PDF, making it even easier to exchange documents with clients and customers.

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