Am new to the forum so we'll see how this all works. Recently downloaded and installed "TrueView 2014" specifically to be able to create transportable files for printing (support for my HP 750C+ is no longer) .. in any case, plotted several .DWG files to the .PDF.pc3 "printer" and headed off to the local print shop .. only after the drawings arrived at the end users' shop did we discover the problem .. the scale is off by about 2% .. in 1:12 scale a 28' item only measures 27.5' on the printed page (too great an error to be the result of paper shrinkage) .. I know one is not supposed to scale off the drawing, BUT in lieu of all dimensions it's frequently acceptable .. BUT NOT when the plotted results are wrong! Initially I thought that there was a "calibration" problem with the printer but a third party has confirmed the plotting disprepancy in my .PDF file. It appears that a work around is possible by converting the "Model" space drawing first to "Paper Space", adjusting the scale and then plotting paper space .. but why the need and why isn't the issue documented .. or more to the point what did I do wrong in the first place?? Help!!!
Are you sure it was not just a printshop 'printing' error? By default, unless you actively remove it, most PDF viewers are set to "fit" to a paper espacially if the margins provided are smaller than the plotter that is being used can create.
Worth asking since it's not a common problem for the majority of AutoCAD users creating PDF files for the last 10+ years. In fact, you probably should be at the print shop working with them to iron the problem out at the source of the printing, unless you know for sure you're DWG files were not 100% accurately setup (the viewer cannot fix the source files, you need the file creator to do so).
Also work with your DWG source to confirm the settings are accurate.
Thanks again for your response. I HAVE AutoCAD .. that's how the original drawing was created. Until my HP 750C+ printer quit and HP has dropped support for same there was no printing problem .. now it is easier to do the designs and e-mail .PDF files .. but the first attempt produced unacceptable results (the scaling problem we've been discussing). I do not understand why the error ocurrs when converting .DWG to .PDF from "Model Space" .. the "Shrink to Fit" box is not checked, the "scale" is set correctly, the program (TrueView) reports the correct size paper ... but the resulting file "prints" about 2% smaller (in linear terms) than it should .. as I indicated in my earlier msg .. this seems not to be the case when converting from a drawing that is created in "Paper Space" .. BUT I'm not familiar with that technique so I'm hoping for some answers for my comfort zone of "Model Space"
See attached screenshot from Acrobat Reader, the application most people use to read and print PDFs: this is what I'm talking about. <<<< THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. Have you verified this is not the problem? That's important.
See second screenshot is from DTV, the one I have installed, plotting from modelspace: no issues with PDFs generated here for me. Are these your settings too (you are allowed to change page size and plot scale of course)? What are your settings?
You have AutoCAD, why the need for DTV? Just curious why the switch of application and all the added heartburn. Free Windows PDF drivers are all over the internet and I would suggest using them first over trying to figure out an odd viewer that's different from your comfort zone.
Can you post the DWG file for review/verification?
Are you not seeing the two Screenshots that were posted? They are showing fine here.
DWG to PDF works without issue for me inside of AutoCAD.
Could you be incorrectly applying the PDF and selection of the Plot Window?
The method and selection of Plot Parameters mentioned above work as expected here.
Used DWG to PDF, choose a Plot window from Modelspace, Saved the file to Desktop, Used Foxit PDF reader to open the resulting PDF, Choose to plot to my Printer, Measured and all good.