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ArchD
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Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

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05-26-2011 10:36 AM

When we try to plot a drawing with an attached PDF, the quality if extremely bad. It also processes for 5-10 minutes for each file before it will plot. The processing takes place in the plotter and not AutoCAD.

 

I have attached a portion of an example. Everything shown is apart of the PDF itself. Everything else created in AutoCAD comes out with great quality.

 

Thank you for any help.

Archie Dodge

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

05-26-2011 11:20 AM in reply to: ArchD

Looks like your PDF was of scan-based origin, or a conversion from a raster, correct?

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

05-26-2011 11:27 AM in reply to: pendean

The original PDF was created from Sigma-Plot. The original has a decent quality. I have attached the original that is attached in the drawing file. Plotting the original PDF looks great, plotting it through and AutoCAD drawing, not so much.

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

05-26-2011 11:35 AM in reply to: ArchD

Actually, your original is horrible in quality: it also seems to be a screencapture from Powerpoint (the files properties say so).

AutoCAD is simply amplifying it since it requires even better precision.

 

Sorry, you need a much better quality source file: nothing you can do to fix it with AutoCAD or this PDF.

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

05-26-2011 11:45 AM in reply to: pendean

Back on March 23, 2011 I was able to plot these with the same quality of the original pdf. Not sure what has changed to make them print so much worse.

 

Thanks for your help in this. I hope someone else has had this same problem and found a solution.

Archie Dodge

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

05-26-2011 01:30 PM in reply to: ArchD

I read a post recently that suggested making sure the Graphics setting in the pc3 was set to "True Type as Graphics" and it made a difference

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

11-04-2011 06:10 PM in reply to: ArchD

I have been having the same problem.  I finally figured it out.  I would have great looking pdf's.  I would bring them in to Autocad as a pdf attachment and they would look great at any zoom level, but when I printed them out, the attached pdf's looked so bad that I couldn't use the drawings.  I finally turned all the pdf's into 2400 dpi Tiff files (at 100 Meg a piece), brought them in as attachments, and the prints were acceptable. 

 

But, I now figured out what the problem was with the pdf's.  It is a print driver problem.  If you have Adobe Acrobat, do not use the system Adobe PDF print driver that Acrobat installs, it is not compatible with Autocad.   You must use the  "DWG to PDF.pc3"  driver that shows up in the printer/plotter list of the print dialog box in Autocad.  Once I used this driver all my embeded pdf's started printing out just fine.  Not as good as the original pdf mind you, but totally acceptable for client work.

 

By the way, I am using Autocad Lt 2012 and Adobe Acrobat X Professional with all updates.

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Re: Poor quality when plotting with attatched PDF.

08-21-2014 10:00 AM in reply to: hydrologic

Thanks a ton hydro!!! been having problems with that for a while...   

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