I just bought a copy of Adobe Acrobat 6.0 Professional in order to make PDF's of my AutoCad drawings to send to clients, but I am having problems making the PDF's. When I try to convert a drawing, it comes up blank in the Adobe window. I am running AutoCad 2000.
My AutoCad window now has three new Adobe buttons: one to create a PDF, one to create and e-mail a PDF, and one to create a PDF that can be sent out for review and mark-ups. I have tried to convert drawings from both model space and layouts, with the same result. The PDF that I e-mailed was received blank as well. Is there some setting I need to adjust in AutoCad? Any help would be great.
From contributor V:
You need to make sure Acrobat Distiller is installed. You can then create PDF files from any application by printing to the Adobe PDF driver. I use Architectural Desktop 2004 and also have the buttons for Adobe on the toolbar. I don't have a problem creating PDF files from drawings.
I usually plot drawings from a layout in paper space containing my title block and a scaled drawing. With Acrobat you can create single PDF files with multiple drawings or combine multiple PDF files into one file for emailing. If you are having problems, try re-installing Adobe and updating the program through their web site. Adobe also places shortcut buttons in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
An additional question; it seems the default print setting for Acrobat is 8-1/2 x 11 for recipients to print out. So, if I have a job with multiple elevations, plans, sections and details, do I need to make a separate 8-1/2 x 11 PDF layout for each portion sized to be big enough to read, or can I just send the whole thing and let them enlarge particular portions of the package to a legible size to be printed. I don't print my drawings to scale, I just pull all of the relevant measurements and print as large as I can, 8-1/2 x 11 if I am faxing, 11 x 17 if I am mailing or presenting in person.
If you don’t need the long list of features or you want to create PDFs faster with less confusion, then you can give a program called PDF Factory a trial run. The Pro version of the program will allow you to change the order of pages in the PDF, delete pages in a PDF, and add pages to a PDF from multiple sources. It will allow you send as an e-mail attachment and it can save as a PDF and then open in the Acrobat Reader. It can also print directly to your printer without saving the current job away as a PDF and it’s simple to use.
I use PDF Factory to create PDFs and Acrobat for features like editing PDFs, or making automated forms. I would not want to be without either program, but I also used to hate how Acrobat, Distiller, and the Acrobat Reader worked together and with other programs when it came time to print or view PDFs. With PDF Factory I never have to see or use Distiller or the Acrobat Reader for PDFs I create.