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George-Handley
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Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

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04-03-2013 05:16 AM

Hey guys,

 

I am having trouble working with a large civil3d file.  

 

My issue is that when I print a pdf file from my dwg file (which is apprix 140mb large), the pdf file that comes out is more than 30mbs.  My work laptop can't handle a pdf file this size, let alone print it or email it.

 

I am after some advice on working with large civil3d files (it is the surface model of some scan data which is slowing it down).  I can accept that the civil3d file is large and difficult to do work with quickly, but not being able to print out a pdf file which i can easily send to my client is very annoying.

 

Please select the following link (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/9908922/Large%20autocad%20files.zip) to download my dwg file and pdf files.  Warning that the total file size is approx 300mbs.  

 

So just to repeat, I am chasing advice on:

 - working with a large dwg file, I am dealing with surface models generated from scan data.

 - how to print a small pdf file from my dwg file.

 

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

 

George

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dasindog
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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-03-2013 05:26 AM in reply to: George-Handley

George, I'm downloading now. Will let you know if I have any suggestions.

-Dustin
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George-Handley
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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-03-2013 05:36 AM in reply to: dasindog

Wow very prompt Dustin!  Like I said any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.

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TRogers
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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-03-2013 06:04 AM in reply to: George-Handley

Try these settings...

 

http://totalcad.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/fix-for-out-of-memory-errors-due-to-large-image-files/

If the issue was resolved by this method, please click on "Accept As Solution"
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dasindog
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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-03-2013 07:01 AM in reply to: dasindog

George, Hope this helps. I've run into this same issue and haven't attempted to do what Todd suggested so that may be a better "fix". What I like to do is once the large PDF has been created, export it from Adobe Acrobat as a high resolution JPG. This gets rid of all the massive data that autocad creates when printing elevation banding. Then using Acrobat again convert the JPG to a PDF and the file size is quite minimal. See attached. I used a JPG medium quality setting and ended up with a 400KB document instead of the 30MB. 

 

 

-Dustin
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antoniovinci
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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-03-2013 11:23 AM in reply to: dasindog

I think rasterizing a vector map (specially in a lossy format as JPEG) is definetely never a good idea, sir.

 

You should try to set a lower resolution in your PDF virtual printer, increasing it gradually up to the desired compromise.

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George-Handley
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04-05-2013 06:25 PM in reply to: dasindog

Thanks for that Dustin.  That's what I was looking for.  I was trying to compress the pdf file but it kept crashing my computer, didn't even think about exporting it.

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George-Handley
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04-05-2013 06:28 PM in reply to: TRogers

Thanks for the link Todd.  When I get more time i'm going to go through those settings and see if it helps me.  I'm always cautious about getting too deep in civil3d settings, i don't want to break it!

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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-05-2013 07:27 PM in reply to: George-Handley

In addition to the other advice For the heck of it, 300MB dwg  sounds like there may be some header issues; try Audit purge all purge regapp, wblocking the file contents out and see if comes down some

Thank you

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Re: Printing a pdf from a large civil3d file, to large to handle

04-05-2013 08:23 PM in reply to: Joe-Bouza

Thanks for that Joseph.  I did try that initially on the lowest DPI setting but it didn't change it to significantly for me.  I might try it again just to check i was doing it correctly.

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