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First, thanks to all that replied to my question about plotting pdf files. But I'm afraid I might not have made myself clear; I apologize. Let me try to clarify...
The problem is not in creating a pdf file. That's easy, just select that option from the AutoCAD print screen. The problem is that when you try to get somebody else, say a service bureau who does NOT have AutoCAD on THEIR computer, to print out that pdf file in black & white (monochrome) it does not look "right", as it does when you plot a dwg file directly. The AutoCAD lineweights do not transfer to the pdf file.
Instead, the colors that AutoCAD uses to represent lineweights in your workspace are what get printed from that pdf file. And since you're printing it in B&W (monochrome), some of those lines are dark, some are light, and some (like text yellow) are basically invisible when plotted out. And they are all the same thickness, just as they are when you create the drawing in AutoCAD's model space. You seem to lose the actual lineweight information in the process of creating the pdf file.
So the question is (and was), how do you plot out a pdf file so that it looks identical to the (monochrome) dwg file when printed on paper, with lineweight thicknesses intact and all the lines being the same black level?
Rich, have you tried sending your line weight/type file to your printer? It is a .ctb file and tells the printer what to do with all those colors.
Another option is to look for that setting (I believe it is under Output) that tells your computer to include line weights and line types when making pdf's.
Try both of these and good luck!
Suzie Van Cleave, AIA
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I believe you select PDF as your Printer, but keep your Plot Style Pen Assignments the same as you do when plotting, DO NOT PICK MONOCHROME.
Your PDF then should be just as you intended, unless your pen assignments are to print in color.
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You need Adobe Pro. It keeps your lineweight settings and allows you to turn layers on and off. The regular Adobe is just WYSIWYG.
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Thank you Karen! Just to clarify, if I upgrade to Adobe Pro to my computer and chose "DWG to PDF.pc3" from AutoCAD's printer/plotter dialog box in the printing screen, it will automatically seek out the "Pro" version of Adobe on my computer and create a file that will look like I want (proper lineweights shown as opposed to layer colors in file & print previews)? And that it can then be read by a printing service (or consultants) and plotted out in B&W with appropriate line weights? Or do they also need Adobe Pro installed on THEIR computer?
Because that's my issue. I will be having these .pdf drawings printed by a service bureau (actually, a mail service that has a large-format plotter). This company does not have a copy of AutoCAD and can only print out .pdf's. They have Adobe Acrobat, but I am not sure if they have Adobe Pro.
Only you need Adobe Pro to create the pdf. The people on the receiving end do not. As Brad mentioned below, Bluebeam should also work. We tried it years back and had problems with its OCR capabilities, so we stuck with Adobe Pro. We haven't tried it recently to see if those issues have been fixed.
This question comes up with Vectorworks users as well, so I wanted to share the process. When it comes to printing and exporting to PDF, Vectorworks is more accurate because of our WYSIWYG technology and true postscript application when it comes to printing. We do not deal with line weight by color like in AutoCAD. Line weights are assigned as an object attribute and is exported as PDF the way it is drawn or modeled. so there's no need to adjust colors etc.
I hope this is helpful.