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Chris_Molland
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Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

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04-16-2013 09:26 AM

Hello

 

We have created a complex Inventor drawing (Inventor 2013) of a very large plant item which we need to print at about 2AO to put up on a wall for training use. We want to create a high resolution PDF file of the drawing first and then print the PDF having checked the quality and resolution in Acrobat Reader.

 

We have tried exporting to PDF but we found that the colour shaded fills, behind the lines, are too compressed and the resolution very poor. We tried increasing the paper size but this did not help.

 

We have tried creating a plot file by printing to file using the driver of a large roll feed plotter and then creating a PDF from the resulting file. This was a little more successful but still a long way short of the resolution or line quality we require. When you zoom in the curved lines are very jagged and the colour fill still not good.

 

We tried printing to a generic Postscript driver but this was even worse as we didn't have enough control over paper size or resolution.

 

Can anyone suggest a better approach in getting from IDW to PDF please?

 

Thank you.

 

Regards

 

Chris

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swhite
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Re: Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

04-16-2013 09:27 AM in reply to: Chris_Molland

A free and handy PDF printer, much better than Inventors default. Will even allow you to print it as a jpeg, png, tiff, etc if pdf resolution is not high enough.

http://www.bullzip.com/

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blair
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Re: Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

04-16-2013 10:01 AM in reply to: swhite

Did you change the Vector Res in the Options in the Export to PDF.

 

We also use Adobe Acrobat as well, with this you need to change the Options to High-Quality to stop the banding on shaded IDW's.

 

You don't get the layer control that you do when you use the Export function.

 

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Re: Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

04-17-2013 06:16 AM in reply to: blair
Thanks for your thoughts.

We did maximise the resolution thank you. Our best results were achieved by using File > Print and selecting the Adobe PDF Printer (installed with Acrobat Pro). We used the Press Quality preset and the resulting file was reasonable.
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Re: Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

04-17-2013 07:28 AM in reply to: Chris_Molland
I find the builtin PDF save useless and use a PDF printer called PDFcreator with great results, I've done A0 prints with it

It's free as well
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Re: Printing Inventor Drawings at High Resolution

04-17-2013 07:34 AM in reply to: rmerlob
Hello

I'll give it a go and compare the results. Thanks.

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