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timlane
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Filenames using DWG to PDF

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06-22-2012 10:06 AM

We are using Autocad 2012 and 2012LT in our office and with this version started using the built in feature of DWG to PDF. One issue we have come across is, if we create a pdf file and then need to recreate the same file we can not overwrite the existing file. We are forced to either give the new file a different name or go back and delete the existing file prior to creating the new one. Has anybody else run into this problem? Got any ideas how to solve it?

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itbemedg
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 10:44 AM in reply to: timlane

Why not put the pdfs in their own directory/subdirectory?

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timlane
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 10:47 AM in reply to: timlane

The files are placed in a separate folder. The issue is not being able to overwrite an existing file.

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itbemedg
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 11:03 AM in reply to: timlane

Are you making the PDF's through the publish command? When I do it through publish, I'm given the option to overwrite the file.

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timlane
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 01:19 PM in reply to: timlane

No, we are using the Plot command.

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heinsite
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 02:49 PM in reply to: timlane

This sounds more like a file security or file permissions problem than anything related to AutoCAD or the PDF driver.  Plotting to PDF from within AutoCAD should allow you to overwrite.  A test might be to see if the same thing happens to the same user when printing to PDF from other programs such as Word, Excel, Acrobat, etc.

 

Check an existing PDF drawing in a directory that's been giving you problems and see if it is Read-only.  If so you may have to make user permission changes.

 

Dave.

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timlane
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 03:58 PM in reply to: timlane

This has been working for several years using Adobe Acrobat as our PDF creation tool. The security settings have not changed for several years either. The users that are still using Autocad 2009 and Adobe Acrobat do not have this issue. It is just with those users which I have upgraded to Autocad 2012 and the built in PDF feature. I have not tried going back to using Adobe Acrobat yet but I would prefer not to do that.

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heinsite
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Re: Filenames using DWG to PDF

06-22-2012 04:06 PM in reply to: timlane

So the users are having problems saving files to directories on a file server system then.  Do they still have problems if they plot to PDF on their local machine?  In other words, does the overwrite denial still happen locally, or just when saving to a directory on the server?

 

Dave.

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