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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-17-2012 11:20 AM in reply to: rspratt

what if you try CutePDF?


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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-17-2012 12:18 PM in reply to: thepworth

Never heard of CutePDF, but trying a different PDF wrioter is a good idea!  I downloaded it and just tried it.  Even though it looks like I have all the settings correct, it prints a completely blank 8.5" x 11" page.  My settings call for a Paper Size of 27" x 58"...

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-17-2012 01:37 PM in reply to: rspratt

Well I uninstalled the Adobe PDF driver and reinstalled it.  I also cleared out the Adobe PDF.pc3 driver from my AutoCAD, but it still doesn't work...  This is very frustrating!!!

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-17-2012 01:50 PM in reply to: rspratt

Okay I'm narrowing down the problem...  I am able to print to pdf using the Adobe PDF driver, but only if I do not use my custom page sizes. I can print to PDF if it's letter or legal size, but not any of the custom page sizes I have used in the past.  (The prints I make are full scale silk screen artwork drawings, so custom page sizes are a must and have worked just fine in the past up until this week.)

 

I think I'm getting close...

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-17-2012 02:25 PM in reply to: rspratt

Sorry - not much further help on this one... Fortunately most of what I'm printing now is 11x17.

 

There was a Win7 Critical Update in the past week or so, maybe the OS is what's screwing you over :smileysad:


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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-18-2012 05:58 AM in reply to: rspratt

The tip above was to change the AutoCAD PDF driver to a higher res (in reply to your note it was not high-res enough), not the Adobe 3rd party driver.

 

Try it again and see if you can get it to work.

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-18-2012 06:57 AM in reply to: pendean

The DWG to PDF driver provided with AutoCAD 2013 will not save the artwork to a high enough resolution.  See attached screen shots of the PDF's printed by AutoCAD's DWG to PDF driver.

 

The only PDF print driver that I have found that will is the Adobe PDF driver provided with my Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro software.  See attached screen shot of the PDF printed by the Adobe PDF driver.  HOWEVER, I can only print to a standard paper size and I must print to a custom page size.  When I try printing to a custom page size it will no longer let me save the PDF.  It simply skips the save window.  It worked fine up until this past week., but I cannot for the life of me figure out why it won't work now!

 

I am about to offer up a reward to someone who can help me!!!

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Message 18 of 21 (461 Views)

Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-18-2012 07:13 AM in reply to: rspratt

when you are comparing Adobe to AutoCAD's pdf capabilities, are you only using the monitor screen of your pc to compare each of them?

 

If so, it's possible the printed copies of those pdf's would be what you expect.

 

I've seen the pdf's Acad 2010 and above create, set to the highest resolution, still look like puke on screen, but printed just fine.

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-18-2012 07:18 AM in reply to: rspratt

Hi,

 

I don't give anything to screenshots from a PDF-viewer (forgive me) as there are also options how they display graphics on screen and how they print.

Look at my PDF, it's printed using "DWG to PDF.pc3" set to 4800dpi (and including fonts). I can't see any problems with quality in that file.

 

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Re: Printing to Adobe PDF

05-18-2012 07:25 AM in reply to: Alfred.NESWADBA

Yeah, i realize that screen shots of tyhe PDF files is not the best way to demonstrate the quality of the PDf files, but I assure you that the lumpy text shows up on the actual silk screen film when printed full scale.

 

How did you get the "DWG to PDF.pc3" to print at 4800dpi??  I set mine to Maximum and it only went to 400dpi.  When I set it to custom, it allows me to have 1200dpi in the field, but then if I try to adust it, it says the highest I can set it is to 600dpi?

 

 

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