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erel
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how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

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01-24-2007 11:07 AM
how do you save your Revid drawings to pdf? do you need a special software for that?
either plot to 'cutepdf' windows driver from revit or,
plot to multi-sheet dwf from revit>then open the dwg and print to 'cutepdf'
windows driver for multi-sheet pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/

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wrote in message news:5462545@discussion.autodesk.com...
how do you save your Revid drawings to pdf? do you need a special software
for that?
*Brian
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Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-24-2007 04:37 PM in reply to: erel
either plot to 'cutepdf' windows driver from revit or,
plot to multi-sheet dwf from revit>then open the dwg and print to 'cutepdf'
windows driver for multi-sheet pdf.

http://www.cutepdf.com/

--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

wrote in message news:5462545@discussion.autodesk.com...
how do you save your Revid drawings to pdf? do you need a special software
for that?
*david
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Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-30-2007 07:43 AM in reply to: erel
I downloaded CutePDF for free sometime ago as well.
It's easy to PDF Revit sheets this way, I send them off to the printer by
email.
Works fine.

Brian....is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
David Ford
Eric Barker Architect, Inc.
881-3016 cell


wrote in message news:5462545@discussion.autodesk.com...
how do you save your Revid drawings to pdf? do you need a special software
for that?
*Brian
Message 4 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-30-2007 09:10 AM in reply to: erel
"is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?"
i don't think so currently - maybe in the next release? sounds like an
"AutoCAD" loaded question:smileywink: i had trouble with this as well for a few
months but have since gotten pretty good and zooming in on what i need to
print and using the 'visible portion of current window' option in the print
dialogue. i tend to plan my prints a little better now so if i need and
enlarged or detail printed, there is already a view of it created and i just
print the view 'current window' or check the box next to multiple views.

like everything else in moving to revit from AutoCAD, a change in mindset
turns on the light.

--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...
I downloaded CutePDF for free sometime ago as well.
It's easy to PDF Revit sheets this way, I send them off to the printer by
email.
Works fine.

Brian....is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
David Ford
Eric Barker Architect, Inc.
881-3016 cell


wrote in message news:5462545@discussion.autodesk.com...
how do you save your Revid drawings to pdf? do you need a special software
for that?
*Leonid Raiz
Message 5 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-30-2007 09:32 AM in reply to: erel
Doesn't the radio button for printing visible portion of the current window
in combination with 100% zoom in print settings do what you asking for? Just
do zoom-in region and then invoke print command.


"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...

...is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
*Brian
Message 6 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-30-2007 09:42 AM in reply to: erel
usually when a user is printing by 'window' its to a specific sheet size,
lets say A (8.5x11), and lets say they are in a sheet (24x36), if the window
area is larger than the printable area of an A size sheet the 100% option
sends the geometry off the print. zooming to the view desired and using the
'fit to page' with the 'center' options is close but it still adds a little
more geometry (off screen) to the printed output. after a few prints one
gets used to this behavior and can compensate.


--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5468849@discussion.autodesk.com...
Doesn't the radio button for printing visible portion of the current window
in combination with 100% zoom in print settings do what you asking for? Just
do zoom-in region and then invoke print command.


"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...

...is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
*Leonid Raiz
Message 7 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

01-30-2007 12:07 PM in reply to: erel
If your sheet is 24x36 but you zoom in the area of interest and print
visible portion to paper size 8.5x11 with 100% zoom then Revit will take
your zoomed-in portion and print as much of the overall sheet as fits onto
selected paper size. Thus you will get things printed without scale
distortion which I assume is what user wants. As a matter of fact despite
naming of this option Revit will cut of printed graphics a the end of paper
as opposed to the sides of visible portion of the windows. However, to get
the most useful results make sure to select Center for paper placement in
Print Settings dialog. When Print Settings dialog specifies the combination
of Paper Setting = Center and Zoom = 100% then printing visible portion of
window will place center of visible portion in the center of paper and print
as much as can fit on the page without any scale distortion. I just checked
and confirmed that this is the way things work in 9.0. There is no need to
waste paper trying to figure out how to compensate; you may just as well
print precisely to scale.

HTH

"Brian" wrote in message
news:5468890@discussion.autodesk.com...
usually when a user is printing by 'window' its to a specific sheet size,
lets say A (8.5x11), and lets say they are in a sheet (24x36), if the window
area is larger than the printable area of an A size sheet the 100% option
sends the geometry off the print. zooming to the view desired and using the
'fit to page' with the 'center' options is close but it still adds a little
more geometry (off screen) to the printed output. after a few prints one
gets used to this behavior and can compensate.


--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5468849@discussion.autodesk.com...
Doesn't the radio button for printing visible portion of the current window
in combination with 100% zoom in print settings do what you asking for? Just
do zoom-in region and then invoke print command.


"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...

...is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
*david
Message 8 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

02-01-2007 08:09 AM in reply to: erel
Brian, Leonid,

Thanks for the input. I've been doing basically what both of you recommend
within the print settings...I was just hoping for a, yes, ACAD-like "window"
command. I was never an ACAD user, but in importing/exporting to DWG I found
the command and find it useful when printing a portion of the sheet. The
scroll...align...zoom method seems a bit crude in comparison, but Brian's
suggestion about a creating a "call out" or the like may help. Is this a
CutePDF issue or do all PDF writers working within Revit behave this way?

Cheers,

--
David Ford
Eric Barker Architect, Inc.
881-3016 cell


"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5469153@discussion.autodesk.com...
If your sheet is 24x36 but you zoom in the area of interest and print
visible portion to paper size 8.5x11 with 100% zoom then Revit will take
your zoomed-in portion and print as much of the overall sheet as fits onto
selected paper size. Thus you will get things printed without scale
distortion which I assume is what user wants. As a matter of fact despite
naming of this option Revit will cut of printed graphics a the end of paper
as opposed to the sides of visible portion of the windows. However, to get
the most useful results make sure to select Center for paper placement in
Print Settings dialog. When Print Settings dialog specifies the combination
of Paper Setting = Center and Zoom = 100% then printing visible portion of
window will place center of visible portion in the center of paper and print
as much as can fit on the page without any scale distortion. I just checked
and confirmed that this is the way things work in 9.0. There is no need to
waste paper trying to figure out how to compensate; you may just as well
print precisely to scale.

HTH

"Brian" wrote in message
news:5468890@discussion.autodesk.com...
usually when a user is printing by 'window' its to a specific sheet size,
lets say A (8.5x11), and lets say they are in a sheet (24x36), if the window
area is larger than the printable area of an A size sheet the 100% option
sends the geometry off the print. zooming to the view desired and using the
'fit to page' with the 'center' options is close but it still adds a little
more geometry (off screen) to the printed output. after a few prints one
gets used to this behavior and can compensate.


--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5468849@discussion.autodesk.com...
Doesn't the radio button for printing visible portion of the current window
in combination with 100% zoom in print settings do what you asking for? Just
do zoom-in region and then invoke print command.


"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...

...is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
*Brian
Message 9 of 10 (43,009 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

02-01-2007 08:48 AM in reply to: erel
"Is this a CutePDF issue or do all PDF writers working within Revit behave
this way?"
i believe it is a revit issue (printing a little more than the visible
portion) - as it consistently has and continues to occur printing to any
windows printer from revit. CutePDF does not crop for margins.

however i love this about revit - it is Always VERY consistent in its
behavior on a stable machine and therefore predictable. I can't say the
same for the - rhymes with ADpee - product. sorry Autodesk - i think you've
lost sight of the basic foundation of a great solution with the dwg based
products. clean, simple, stable, secure... revit - please don't jack it up.
easy for me to say as a long time user:smileywink:

just a little venting - I feel better now.
thanks.

--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"david" wrote in message
news:5471565@discussion.autodesk.com...
Brian, Leonid,

Thanks for the input. I've been doing basically what both of you recommend
within the print settings...I was just hoping for a, yes, ACAD-like "window"
command. I was never an ACAD user, but in importing/exporting to DWG I found
the command and find it useful when printing a portion of the sheet. The
scroll...align...zoom method seems a bit crude in comparison, but Brian's
suggestion about a creating a "call out" or the like may help. Is this a
CutePDF issue or do all PDF writers working within Revit behave this way?

Cheers,

--
David Ford
Eric Barker Architect, Inc.
881-3016 cell


"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5469153@discussion.autodesk.com...
If your sheet is 24x36 but you zoom in the area of interest and print
visible portion to paper size 8.5x11 with 100% zoom then Revit will take
your zoomed-in portion and print as much of the overall sheet as fits onto
selected paper size. Thus you will get things printed without scale
distortion which I assume is what user wants. As a matter of fact despite
naming of this option Revit will cut of printed graphics a the end of paper
as opposed to the sides of visible portion of the windows. However, to get
the most useful results make sure to select Center for paper placement in
Print Settings dialog. When Print Settings dialog specifies the combination
of Paper Setting = Center and Zoom = 100% then printing visible portion of
window will place center of visible portion in the center of paper and print
as much as can fit on the page without any scale distortion. I just checked
and confirmed that this is the way things work in 9.0. There is no need to
waste paper trying to figure out how to compensate; you may just as well
print precisely to scale.

HTH

"Brian" wrote in message
news:5468890@discussion.autodesk.com...
usually when a user is printing by 'window' its to a specific sheet size,
lets say A (8.5x11), and lets say they are in a sheet (24x36), if the window
area is larger than the printable area of an A size sheet the 100% option
sends the geometry off the print. zooming to the view desired and using the
'fit to page' with the 'center' options is close but it still adds a little
more geometry (off screen) to the printed output. after a few prints one
gets used to this behavior and can compensate.


--
Brian Earsley
www.arete3.com
18645 South West Creek Drive
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
708.342.1250 x.225

New to DWF? Check it out!
http://www.arete3.com/services/communication.html
select "ARCHITECTURE" - "File Formats"

"Leonid Raiz" wrote in message
news:5468849@discussion.autodesk.com...
Doesn't the radio button for printing visible portion of the current window
in combination with 100% zoom in print settings do what you asking for? Just
do zoom-in region and then invoke print command.


"david" wrote in message
news:5468637@discussion.autodesk.com...

...is there a way to "window" an area of a sheet for printing?
I've been defaulting to the zoom and position method which is inaccurate and
tedious.

--
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glennmcguyre4823
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎09-28-2011
Message 10 of 10 (36,382 Views)

Re: how to save a Revit drawing to pdf

09-28-2011 02:19 PM in reply to: erel

Another quick way to print window is to "restore down" your active window (view).  You know what I mean by "restore down" if your active window is not "minimized" or "maximized" it is "restore down", some windows terminology....  Then you can use the edges of your window/view to act as the "window" function as referred to in ACAD.  Then print current window...


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