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Join Jeff Bartels as he covers the most important features of this industry-standard drafting and design application in AutoCAD 2011 Essential Training. This course begins with a tour of AutoCAD's interface and the tools used to create basic shapes. It then focuses on the methods used to modify and refine geometry while emphasizing accuracy and good habits to build a solid design foundation. The course covers using layers, line types, and colors to organize a drawing file and explains how to efficiently annotate a design and prepare it for final output. Throughout the title, Jeff shares industry techniques used in production and reinforces concepts using practical examples. Exercise files are included with the course.
The PDF file format is the industry standard for exchanging documents. In AutoCAD 2011, we can print our drawings directly to PDF. This means we can easily share our files in a format that is acceptable to almost everyone. In this lesson, we are going to learn how to print a drawing to PDF. On my screen I have a finished drawing. To convert this to PDF, I am going to launch the Plot command, and regardless of the printer I was using, I am going to open this flyout and I'll select DWG To PDF. This is a virtual printer that is installed automatically with AutoCAD 2011.
And that's all I have to do. AutoCAD will match the paper size and settings for me. I am going to select OK, and I am going to save my PDF file inside the Chapter_17 folder, inside our Exercise Files directory. I'll accept the default file name and I'll click Save. And provided you have a version of Acrobat Reader on your machine, the PDF will open automatically. Now, as a side bonus, the PDFs that we create using this method will retain the Layer information. This means that our clients have a little more freedom when it comes to reviewing or printing our drawings.
Let's close this and return to AutoCAD. When it comes right down to it, no matter who your client is, they can always view a PDF file. Plotting to PDF may be the easiest way to make your drawings accessible to everyone.
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