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AutoCAD and PDFs

This video outlines several innovative ways of employing PDFs in your AutoCAD work.

Transcript of this video

Welcome. I'm Cindy Dunn, President of CCAD inc. This video outlines several innovative ways of employing PDFs in your AutoCAD work.

First, consider creating a PDF instead of sending your design directly to a printer and including a plot stamp with the date and possibly the time. By creating a PDF instead of directly printing the design you have the option to send the PDF or print it multiple times without going through the print process again. The plot stamp is useful in determining the most recent version of a design.

I recently worked on a project where I needed to change a material used in several places on several sheets. I opened the multipage PDF of the project in my PDF reader and searched for the material to be changed. While I still had to open a couple of drawings to make the change, the search took less time than opening each and every file in the project and searching for the text.

PDFs can be added to a drawing file as an underlay. An underlay is similar to an Xref (external reference) in that the PDF is attached or linked to the drawing. This means that the content of the PDF is not imported into the drawing.

AutoCAD 2017 includes a new feature that allows you to import PDF geometry, including text, as AutoCAD objects. You can choose an area or the entire PDF to import. Properties such as layers, lineweights and color may be preserved. Note that dimensions and other complex objects are imports as lines, text, etc.

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