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I have not had any problems printing to scale if I make the PDF using AutoCAD. I have acrobat professional. With AutoCAD 2006 I had PDF extention buttons on my ACAD toolbar, but Inever installed it on ACAD 2009. I just got AutoCAD 2010 and will install it this afternoon. I think subscription folks have some new PDF extentions?
A lot of the prints I make are made from PDF's created in AutoCAD (not from a .dwg.) I email the pdf to the client or printing service to make prints from. It is my understanding that the printing service converts the PDF to a TIFF file with their proprietary printing software. Prints from DWG files usually look a bit sharper, but if the architect is not on AutoCAD and is coordinating the printing I have found there is less chance of a problem if you print from PDF's. I use the PDF mark-up tools quite a bit as well.
One problem I have had is that making PDF's from AutoCAD there is/was a bug when using the ACAD text masking feature, the PDF blocks out all the text. I found out how to fix it, but it is a bit of an end run. So sometimes I will not use text masking.

From: Gordon Goodell [mailto:GordonGoodell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:07 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: PDFs

I’m a power Acrobat user, too, but one of my great disappointments with the program has always been its inability to scale drawings or print to scale.  It sounds like you’re doing it, though, so obviously I’m missing something.  What’s the secret?




Gordon Goodell


From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:55 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: PDFs


On May 14, 2009, at 10:28 AM, Jordan Truesdell, PE wrote:

> s for PDF - avoid Adobe if you want to print anything other than
> full sheets at 100%. You can't define a print area, and you can't
> define anything but 100% or scale-to-fit for output.

Acrobat lets you do all these things and a helluva lot more. Acrobat
Reader (the free one) won't. I use Acrobat all the time for
transmittals. totally faithful reproduction form MS Word and all the
graphics software I have. Acrobat also does security and scales
drawings and lets you copy pieces of graphics (as vector graphics)
and text if the document security setting allows it. Acrobat has
saved me its cost hundreds of times over. It's like Photoshop for

As you know I'm a Machead which conveys additional benefits with
PDF's. I can generate pdfs from any document or software that prints
with a tab on the Print dialog. The 'Preview' utility also reads
pdf's directly and prints. All this without having to buy Acrobat or
download Acrobat Reader.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at) | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania

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