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Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

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02-04-2013 02:15 PM

I've searched everywhere for any real answer to this question and so far have found none. (lots of suggestions to use other software which doesn't seem like it should be necessary).

 

I would like to open my DWF in ADR and print to the Adobe PDF printer to create a PDF.

I end up with a file about 9-10x the size of the DWF and the printing process takes quite a long time (5 minutes for 20 pages).

 

Is there something I can do to create a PDF from ADR when all I have is the DWF and have a file that is not overly large?

 

 

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

02-05-2013 04:57 AM in reply to: ssalmela

ADR's PDF Driver is not the best: fact.

Your DWF's content may be contributing to the final PDF size: so far unknown except to you.

 

The other end users' suggestions are valid if the problem is the first issue noted above: you deciding not to try it seems curious to me.

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

02-05-2013 05:27 AM in reply to: pendean

I don't think its unreasonable to question if there is a way to convert a DWF to PDF without the file size ballooning by 10x directly without additional software.  I was just hoping someone might have other solutions to convert DWF to PDF without purchasing another piece of software.

 

The drawings are vector linework, B&W with a small color logo in the border. 25 pages which go from 8MB in DWF to 100 MB in the conversion. I just thought possibly someone has some insight as to settings that might be changed to make the conversion better. Right now I'm using the Adobe PDF driver to "print" the DWF to PDF.

 

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

02-05-2013 05:50 AM in reply to: ssalmela

There are dozens of free PDF drivers that install in Windows you can test (mst new PCs over the last 2-3 years come with one installed too): you've not had to purchase a PDF driver in over a decade. Find one or two, download it, installed it, test it.

 

I'm not familiar with "adobe" drivers or changing their settings.

 

An 8MB DWF file is large, and it will create larger PDF files as compression in a DWF is more precise that a raster-based PDF driver. AFAIK there is no magic setting(s), but if you are able to share your DWF here someone can test in more detail.

 

www.wikisend.com and other free services allow you to share content too large to post around here.

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

02-05-2013 10:28 AM in reply to: pendean

I was able to find a solution that is acceptable - in the print dialog there were some advanced settings and I was able to change the resolution from Automatic to 300dpi and that seems to have worked well.

 

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

02-06-2013 10:25 AM in reply to: ssalmela

Excellent, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Printing DWF to PDF - Large File Size, Slow to create

05-31-2013 05:44 AM in reply to: pendean

I have had the same issue since we started using DWF's as part of Vault in 2010.  Changing the dpi helps, but it doesn't solve the problem completely.  For example, a DWF printed to PDF using 'automatic' produces a file that is 5 MB.  Set to 300 dpi is results in 2 MB.  Printed directly from Inventor, the file is 500 kB and of a much higher visual quality.  Files printed from DWF's also have artifacts of the view outlines.  I have also used several PDF writers with no appreciable difference.  Has anyone found a better solution?

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