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Best PDF creator for Revit?

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10-01-2011 03:44 PM

Revisiting a previous questions that I made sometime ago about PDF creation from Revit, in which some correspondents recommended either PDF 995 and others Cute PDF, I wonder which one has been found to work better with the current version of Revit 2012.  Some time has passed, so I wonder if there is a preference now.

 

Has a better PDF creator been created for Revit since then? 

 

Also, how come that Revit being a marketing tool most of all, Autodesk has left out a native PDF creator from the program up to this point? Any chances that it might be included in the next version?

 

Thanks in advance.

Thanks to all of you who responded with the feedback.

 

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10-01-2011 06:03 PM in reply to: octavio2

Don't bother with PDF 995.  You either have to pay for it or you get pop-up ads.  I've had mixed success with CutePDF and 64-bit systems.  I always use PDFCreator (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/).  It's free, and offers plenty of options, and it includes all architectural sheet-sizes.

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10-02-2011 05:23 AM in reply to: octavio2

 

I use EasyPDF printer. It's $29.99, and it works great for Revit or for any other application. The address is:

http://www.pdfonline.com/easypdf/pdf-printer/download.htm

 

Be very cautious about all those "free pdf creators" that abound in the internet. They usually put things in your computer without your permission, in exchange for being "free".

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10-02-2011 09:58 AM in reply to: octavio2

I had success with the paid version of PDF995 for many years for all of the Revit versions through 2009 and maybe 2010.  I finally went with Adobe Acrobat and have not had any issues at all printing to pdf with Adobe.  i don't remeber why i switched to Adobe, there may have something that was printing as black squares and so switched.

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10-02-2011 11:53 AM in reply to: Alfredo_Medina

Alfredo,

 

In all the years I've been using PDFCreator, it has never put anything on my computer that I didn't want there.  During the install, you have the option of installing a toolbar for your browser, but if you don't want it, just uncheck the box.  No need to be so paranoid.

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10-02-2011 01:01 PM in reply to: rosskirby

Oh, Ross, I said that because of a very bad experience I had with one of those "free" PDF creators from the internet. It changed my home page and it put a search toolbar in my browser, , it put a game program in my desktop, and it put another program to check my computer for latest drivers. All for free! :smileyhappy:

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10-02-2011 01:04 PM in reply to: Alfredo_Medina

Ha ha, nice!

 

Yeah, you've always gotta watch the install option with any program, paid or free.  With free programs, you get a browser toolbar and a new homepage, with paid software you get several "upgrades" and "viewers" whether you want them or not.

 

Just part of life in the digital age.

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Re: Best PDF creator for Revit?

10-03-2011 04:57 PM in reply to: octavio2

Thanks to all of you who responded with the feedback.

 

The black and white 3D of the site has some trees, and these look like stars with two planes crossed rather than smooth round trees.  I wonder if there is a way or setting that will smooth the trees so they show smooth like trees in the black and white PDF.  Also, if there is, it is OK to leave it like that without using too much space or rescources, or it is better to revert to the default?

 

Thanks again.

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10-04-2011 03:13 AM in reply to: octavio2

Thanks to all of you who responded with the feedback.

 

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Re: Best PDF creator for Revit?

10-04-2011 05:29 AM in reply to: octavio2

We spent quite a while trying out all of the free options. If you go the free rout PDF Creator is the best free option out there. It allows for batch printing though it has a few quirks - still the best free option IMHO. If you can spend the money Blue Beam is unquestionably the best for creating PDFs. We are working to switch our office from Adobe to Blue Beam. 

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