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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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