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*Hal Gwin
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IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

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01-25-2010 09:49 AM
Perhaps I am missing the settings, but I cannot find any way to change
the default PDF settings, specifically "current sheet" vs "all sheets".
I would prefer the setting to default to "all sheets" since many of my
drawings are multi-sheet. Thanks for the help.
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Hal Gwin
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BMiller63
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Message 2 of 14 (2,423 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

01-25-2010 10:19 AM in reply to: *Hal Gwin
I second the request to be able to set default PDF options.
We too have not been able to set defaults for the all sheets, and "Remove All Line weights" options, and therefore have to toggle those two settings on for every single PDF we output. And because we use PDF as our primary output for flat files, we have to do this for every IDW we generate, every time.

(we've explored DWF and do use it in some cases, but PDF must remain our primary format for a number of reasons)

Thanks in advance for any input.
*Blair Stunder
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Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

01-25-2010 12:53 PM in reply to: *Hal Gwin
It has my vote

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"Bmiller63" wrote in message news:6324043@discussion.autodesk.com...
I second the request to be able to set default PDF options.
We too have not been able to set defaults for the all sheets, and "Remove
All Line weights" options, and therefore have to toggle those two settings
on for every single PDF we output. And because we use PDF as our primary
output for flat files, we have to do this for every IDW we generate, every
time.

(we've explored DWF and do use it in some cases, but PDF must remain our
primary format for a number of reasons)

Thanks in advance for any input.
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marcus.mceachen
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Registered: ‎07-11-2008
Message 4 of 14 (2,425 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

04-15-2010 01:44 PM in reply to: *Hal Gwin
This has my vote also. Why not put it in the Application Options, or have a DWF/PDF setting dialog box. You should be able to still have the Options button there incase you haev it set for all sheets, but in a special case you may only want the first page. I like the ability to export to PDF, that way you don't need CutePDF writer type program. Come on Autodesk add a feature and the ability to configure that feature.
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~master
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Message 5 of 14 (2,426 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

04-15-2010 06:07 PM in reply to: *Hal Gwin
Don't give Adesk any ideas about what you like to have in relation to pdf.

They want you to use dwf and look at pdf as a curse.

All these little inconveniences are there to nudge you towards dwf.
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trevorauman
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Message 6 of 14 (2,383 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

09-22-2010 07:27 AM in reply to: *Hal Gwin

This has actually caused a delay in a few of our projects where we get a drawing or two in a fabrication set that are missing pages. At minimum it would be nice that the last pdf creation settings are retained as a default. I do not know that I agree with the negative thought that AutoDesk wants us to be frustrated with their software, but I do know that I can only do my submittal three ways in my industry, they are either .pdf or .dwg or paper and since it is against company police to send .dwg it leaves me with shipping 16 copies in papaer to the client or a single clean .pdf. If someone figures this out please let us know.

 

export pdf

export pdf multiple pages

export pdf defaults  

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sbixler
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Message 7 of 14 (2,357 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

09-23-2010 05:31 AM in reply to: trevorauman

There are many PDF creation applications out there (a quick search turned up dozens), from the expensive Adobe Acrobat to the free CutePDF.  I use the former at work and the latter at home, and both work well, though "you get what you pay for" is true here to some extent: Acrobat offers much more flexibility and configurability than the free version of CutePDF.

 

All of these applications set up a "printer" that captures your print output as a PDF file, and that's all the free version of CutePDF does.  Acrobat provides a significant suite of tools to create, edit, review and mark up PDF files, which is very useful at times.  I'd recommend investing in one of these applications if Inventor's built-in tool isn't doing the job for you.

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trevorauman
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Message 8 of 14 (2,339 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

09-23-2010 08:11 AM in reply to: *Hal Gwin

It is not that I can't print .pdf files. Inventor 2010 does a great job creating layered .pdf(s). I was going to write a macro, but for sake of time I have instead used my space pilot and customized one of the buttons to be "Print PDF" which is a custom command with the following keystrokes:

 

<Alt> F T P {Wait} {Wait} <Alt>+P {Wait} {Wait} <Down> <Down> <Enter>

 

WARNING: Before running the command make sure your cursor is in the lower right hand side of the screen becasue the mouse cursor will override the keystrokes when the "File" menu pops down.

 

Do not forget to use the wait otherwise it will crash inventor. Also, this is only for printing all pages and does not alter line weights or color, but you could easily add those in. If someone out there has got free time, by all means make us a macro and a pretty button.

 

Don't know why I didn't think of using the spacepilot before, hope this helps anyone who has a space pilot out.

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RobJV
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Message 9 of 14 (2,324 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

09-23-2010 10:46 AM in reply to: *Hal Gwin

Yes please!  Exact same request!

 

Thanks.

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Mark.Hopkins
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Registered: ‎07-28-2009
Message 10 of 14 (2,181 Views)

Re: IV 2010 - PDF defaults, SaveCopyAs or Export

11-18-2010 05:35 PM in reply to: *Hal Gwin

Another problem is that italics fonts are changed to normal when exporting to pdf.

 

if Autodesk arent properly going to support PDFs, they should just remove the function and we all would print to PDF using a 3rd party programme.

 

Speaking of which, whats the best print to PDF tool for inventor?

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