Thursday, August 31, 2006

Trouble printing to .pdf in AutoCAD?

Many users still print drawings to .pdf files even though .dwf files are far superior (in my opinion). If you have AutoCAD 2007, you have the ability to print to .pdf build in whether you have a separate program to do that or not.

I confess that I haven't used the new 2007 function. I have read some reports that claim the file sizes are too big or not quite the same as printing to a third-party product. I can't verify that this is or is not true. All the more reason to use .dwf!

If you have an AutoCAD-based product prior to 2007, you will need some program to print to .pdf. It's relatively easy to produce a .pdf document. Since any of these programs generally install as system printers on your local computer, when you are in AutoCAD or any other Windows program you simply choose that printer from your list of printers.

I use Bluebeam as my choice of .pdf writer. I originally chose them when I had a need to create several documents in a single .pdf file. I started with the free trial and chose them because I had seen them advertised often on the AUGI website. If they support AUGI, then I'm in favor of supporting them. I was pleased with the contact I had from Bluebeam to talk to me about my trial even though they had no idea whether I was going to just use the free trial and nothing more. After all, I try a lot of free installs of products and never hear from anyone. I was actually contacted by a human. I was impressed enough by this that I became a registered user.

Since then, I have found many other uses for the product. The full version comes with a nifty product called a Stapler that I use on a regular basis. When I want to provide several useful documents to a student or customer or prepare training materials from several sources, I can drag the files straight from Windows Explorer into the Stapler dialog box or print to it. I can even arrange the order of the various documents as to how they'll appear in my finished .pdf.

There are a variety of .pdf applications out there that are low cost and even free.

I encountered a technical situation today with a customer that I thought I would pass on to you. If you don't see your .pdf program listed in the Plotter list when you attempt to plot, check your Options>Plot and Publish for the "Hide system printers" box. If it is checked (not by default), then you will not see this printer since it is considered a system printer (as opposed to a network printer).

Thursday, August 24, 2006

AutoCAD 2007 & AutoCAD LT 2007 Service Pack 1

Shaan Hurley has reported that Service Pack 1 is now available. If you have Revit Series, be sure you use the separate Service Pack 1 for that product. Read the details.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Back in the saddle...

I have been on a leave of absence for the past six weeks. I anticipated it being longer, but I'm happy to say that my better half is doing so well that we were sent home ahead of schedule.

I have generally only had dial up access, and very slow dial up at that, while I've been away. Checking email and only reading and replying to critical ones at best was time consuming enough. I didn't have the time or patience to read all the blogs and newsletters that I typically do each day. Now I have a lot of catching up to do.

I also have a stack of books on 2007 that have been received while I have been away. I'd better get to reading those before 2008 is released.

Thanks for all the well wishes and kind words as well as the many prayers said on our behalf. They have certainly helped.

We now return to your regularly scheduled program...

Thursday, August 10, 2006

AU Registration Open & New Blog

The big news this week is that registration is now open for AU for AUGI members. It's going to be back in Las Vegas, but at a different location this year.

If this is the only training or expense you have this year, I can't recommend this event strongly enough.

In addition, there is a new blog out to cover AU. This blog contains a variety of information and there is a link to download an Excel sheet with the classes if you want to view them offline.

Lots of great news!