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Plotting Xref PDF

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05-09-2012 01:47 PM

I believe I have done this successfully before so I'm not sure what the problem is. Here is the situation.


AutoCAD 2013 Windows XP
I have a drawing (Drawing A) that contains a PDF (using PDF attach) with text over the PDF.
I then have this drawing Xref'd (as overlay and as attachment) into another drawing (Drawing B). When I print this drawing (Drawing B). The text prints but the pdf does not.
In Drawing A the pdf is on the 0 layer.
In Drawing B the pdf is on 0 layer.
The 0 layer is not frozen and is set to print.
The xref in drawing B is set to overlay and relative (I tried absolute).
I can see the pdf in drawing B.
PDFrame is set to 2 in dwg A and B.


Any Ideas on what I'm doing wrong?



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Re: Plotting Xref PDF

05-09-2012 02:26 PM in reply to: RFreund

I just duplicated your steps and it works OK here.


If you start with a new empty drawing and put a random PDF in it, and go from there, does it end up the same?

In other words can you repeat this with any drawings and any PDF?

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Re: Plotting Xref PDF

05-09-2012 02:56 PM in reply to: RFreund

DEFPOINTS layer frozen and/or non-plotting?  Layers 0 and DEFPOINTS have a bit of a complex (and hidden) relationship, so I normally advise my users to avoid both and use "proper" layers for day-to-day operations.

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Re: Plotting Xref PDF

05-09-2012 04:04 PM in reply to: rkmcswain

I will try "starting from scratch" to see if this solves the problem. I will also try using different layers.




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Re: Plotting Xref PDF

05-10-2012 05:41 AM in reply to: RFreund

It must have been the pdf. I'm not sure how it 'went bad' as it had worked before. 

I tried what seemed like 100 different setups between what files the pdf's and xref where kept in. However it seems to be working ok with the new pdf.


I will post if I find a combination that causes problems. 



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