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Plotting drawings to PDF


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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

with Jeff Bartels

Video: Plotting drawings to PDF

The PDF file format is the easiest way to exchange documents with others. To plot a drawing to PDF using the Windows version of AutoCAD, we have to use a special plot configuration file supplied by Autodesk. Using the Mac edition, no extra files are needed. We can create PDFs natively through the OS X operating system. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to plot a drawing to PDF. On my screen, I have a drawing of a tree staking detail and I've set this drawing up using a layout such that I can plot it to my Epson Printer.
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2h 45m Beginner Oct 29, 2010

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AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac with Jeff Bartels covers the fundamental differences between the 2011 Mac OS X version of AutoCAD and the venerable PC edition, allowing designers to leverage existing AutoCAD skills and easily transition to the new environment. This course runs through both a typical 2D and 3D design workflow, covering its workspace, tools, customization options, and strategies users can apply working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting preferences
  • Customizing the interface
  • Opening and managing drawings
  • Constructing a 2D drawing
  • Creating and inserting block references
  • Building a library using the Content Manager
  • Making references to external files and images
  • Plotting drawings
  • Creating a model in 3D space
Subject:
CAD
Software:
AutoCAD AutoCAD for Mac
Author:
Jeff Bartels

Plotting drawings to PDF

The PDF file format is the easiest way to exchange documents with others. To plot a drawing to PDF using the Windows version of AutoCAD, we have to use a special plot configuration file supplied by Autodesk. Using the Mac edition, no extra files are needed. We can create PDFs natively through the OS X operating system. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to plot a drawing to PDF. On my screen, I have a drawing of a tree staking detail and I've set this drawing up using a layout such that I can plot it to my Epson Printer.

Let's say my client has requested a PDF copy of this drawing. To create a PDF, I'll launch the Print command, and then I'll click the PDF flyout. Take a look at some of the options that we have. I can save this as a PDF. I can save it as PostScript. I can fax or email the PDF from here. I can even save the PDF to iPhoto such that I can sync it and view it on my iPhone or iPod. I am going to select Save as PDF.

I will then give this a file name and I'm going to save this on my desktop. If I want, I could fill out any of the optional PDF information. If I was concerned about security, I could click the Security Options button and set passwords that would be needed to Open, Copy from, or Print the document. For right now, that's not necessary. Let's click Cancel and then I will click Save to save my PDF.

On my screen, is an example of the finished PDF file; let's face it. The PDF file format is the industry standard for exchanging documents with others. Using the built-in PDF functionality of the Mac, creating PDFs of your CAD drawings couldn't be easier.

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