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cascadety
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Inventor 2012 - Export to PDF - Quality is Terrible

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10-04-2012 08:11 AM

Is it possible to increase the quality of exported pdf's from Inventor 2012?  Anything with a metalic (ie. black chrome) finish as a pdf looks terrible when compared to what is shown on screen.

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cascadety
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10-09-2012 06:59 AM in reply to: cascadety

Really?? No experts on boad that know a procedure to increase the quality of pdf's created using the "export" function from Inventor 2012? 

Let me clarify:

On screen part/assembly/drawing quality - Excellent

Print quality - Excellent

PDF quality - Marginal (as in bitmap / low-res)

 

Any Ideas?

Thanks

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10-09-2012 07:57 AM in reply to: cascadety

Maybe an example of what you are seeing would help.

I've gotten reasonable results of PDF exports (see attached)

Not nearly as good as rendered images, but decent enough to use in-house.

Mike Patchus

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Re: Inventor 2012 - Export to PDF - Quality is Terrible

10-09-2012 09:40 AM in reply to: mpatchus

Hey,

Thanks for the response and suggestion.  Your pdf seems to have much better clarity than any I create using the export command.  See attached example "mesh.pdf" file.

 

Our company uses BlueBleam pdf creator for the majority of our pdfs.  However, it only intergrates with AutoCAD and not Inventor.  Using BlueBeam as a printer in Inventor produces worse results than exporting.  See attached "mesh BB.pdf" file .

 

Additionally, the goal for these pdf's is to use out-of-house. 

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Ryan.Martinez
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10-09-2012 10:32 AM in reply to: cascadety

Did you try changing the vector resolution in the export options?

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10-09-2012 10:34 AM in reply to: Ryan.Martinez

Did you increase the DPI resolution when using the Export to PDF (in the Options when doing the export).

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10-09-2012 11:16 AM in reply to: blair

Thanks for the responses.  Increased the resoluion to 4800 and it did help some.  It appears to be the nature of the coil spring mesh in the black chrome surface tho.  Parts in other finishes look much better.

Thanks again

 

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10-10-2012 12:13 PM in reply to: cascadety

My company uses CutePDF writer, and it works for what we do.  Whenever I print something that has a perforated or checker plate material applied to it, it comes out just fine.

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10-11-2012 03:58 AM in reply to: cascadety

We have stopped using print add-ons to create the PDFs.  We've found exporting the file as a PDF produces better results than "printing" as a PDF.

Mike Patchus

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Re: Inventor 2012 - Export to PDF - Quality is Terrible

10-11-2012 05:32 AM in reply to: mpatchus

Oh my, I did not realize how nice the export to PDF option is.  Blueprint quality is very much improved.

 

I'll be using the export feature from now on - thank you!

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