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General DesignCAD Topics => Tips and Tricks => Topic started by: Tayyaba Ashraf on April 17, 2017, 04:45:22 AM

Title: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: Tayyaba Ashraf on April 17, 2017, 04:45:22 AM
Many users are facing a problem that how to convert DesignCAD files to PDF, so here is the simple solution for that.

DesignCAD files can be converted to PDF files using CutePDF. Here is the link of the software
http://www.cutepdf.com/

Tayyaba 
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: DrollTroll on April 17, 2017, 06:18:38 AM
Thank you Tayyaba. Actually, there are many PDF print drivers that can be used for this.

CutePDF Writer (linked in the original post) has the advantage of being free, though CutePDF also has a Pro version for sale.
IMSIDesign also offers TurboPDF (https://www.turbocad.com/turbopdf/turbopdf-v2.html).
Adobe's full version of Acrobat (not just Adobe Reader) will of course do the job.
There are many others on the market as well.

Here is the procedure:
Load the drawing into DesignCAD as usual.
Open the File/Print command (Ctrl-P), and select the PDF 'printer' from the list of installed printers (i.e. CutePDF Writer, TurboPDF Printer, etc.).
Use the Print command's 'Setup' button to select the desired page size, and perhaps other options available through that driver.
Back in the Print dialog, set the scale, margins, orientation, and other options just as you would if printing to paper.
Click 'Print'. DesignCAD will work on it for a short while, then ask you where to save the pdf file (and what to name it).

Additional note: You may need to use the Windows Control panel's "Hardware and Printers" section to set the Printer Properties for the PDF driver so that it spools the entire print job before sending it out. This can overcome occasional issues with gaps in the printout. Here are the relevant settings for TurboPDF; other printer drivers should look quite similar.
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: Tayyaba Ashraf on April 17, 2017, 06:29:52 AM
Kevan thank you for the information :)

Tayyaba
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: Rob S on April 17, 2017, 06:37:54 AM
Foxit reader free version
also includes a pdf printer as well.
 
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: JJG on April 18, 2017, 11:33:51 AM
Hi all,

nothing really new here... and only 2D print.
What about PDF3D ?
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: Tayyaba Ashraf on April 18, 2017, 10:42:54 PM
JJG

TurboPDF support 3D printing.

U3D and PDF 3D Plug-in is specific for TurboCAD Deluxe and TurboCAD LTE Pro and yes it's a good tool to export 3D models to U3D and PDF 3D.

Tayyaba
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: JJG on April 19, 2017, 10:24:20 AM
Thank you Tayyba,

Yes I'll give a look to TurboPDF.
What'll be nice for upcoming versions of Designcad, is to be be able to export to PDF3D as a Plug-in, or better, integrated (i.e. internal) command of Designcad, as you can find it in many other 3D-Cads.

 ;)

Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: Bob P on April 19, 2017, 02:28:38 PM
It's complicated, but they claim this method is free:

http://www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en/create-free-3d-pdf-output-from-any-cad-software-tip9972
Title: Re: Conversion of DesignCAD files to PDF
Post by: bdeck on April 28, 2017, 02:47:12 PM
Foxit reader free version also includes a pdf printer as well.

One benefit to using the Foxit driver is that its file selector supports "Recent Places" On Win7, and as best I can tell, Cute's driver does not.