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Discussion in 'CAD' started by Harry Dellamano, Jan 25, 2006.

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  1. Looking for best software to convert DWG to PDF for less than $75. I need
    to be able to zoom and crop large DWG drawings into smaller PDF. I already
    have Acrobat 7.
  2. Don Bowey

    Don Bowey Guest

    Check to see if you have an option in your printer screen(s) to print the
    file to a file instead of to the printer. When I do that, the file it
    creates is a pdf.

  3. Maybe I should have stated that I have no way to view a DWG file, so I
    need a DWG file viewer that can zoom and crop then print to PDF.
    Thanks Don,
  4. I did find this. It is free and appears to allow zooming in and out.
    Not sure about cropping.

    I had thought CADint had a free viewer, but I'm not willing to go
    through the registration process required, it appears, to even find

  5. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    PaintShopPro will open and process DWG. Since you have Acrobat, then
    just "print" to a PDF.

    ...Jim Thompson
  6. Guest

    I use a PDF driver from the link below. Install it and you can
    basically print from any application directly to a PDF file (including
    AutoCAD). You'll have to install both the "writer" and "converter". The
    software is open source, so it's free.
  7. Don't do that. You will end up with a bitmap file in stead of a nice
    vector file. Any free viewer that can print can use Acrobat Distiller
    that comes with Acrobat to generate a PDF.

    Anton Erasmus
  8. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    PDF995. I think it's free - I got mine from the PHB.

    When you install it, it shows up on your "Printers" menu, and you just
    print to it to get a PDF.

    It works with anything that can print to a printer.

    Good Luck!
  9. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I could do it for you, albeit if it's more than just a few minutes' work,
    I'd appreciate a little kickback under the table, so to speak.

    To email me, concatenate my first and last names, and use that at yahoo.

    Good Luck!
  10. Guest

    Same with PDF Converter.
  11. qrk

    qrk Guest

    Hi Harry,
    Get the free viewer put out by AutoDesk (the Autocad folks). DWG
    TrueView might be the answer. I haven't used it, but the blurb says
    you can view and plot DWG and DXF files. Hope you have a fast line as
    it's a 110 MB download

    IrfanView <> has a plugin (CADImage in the plugin pack) that allows you to open DWG, DXF, and
    HPGL2. It converts the drawing to what looks like a JPG (barf!).
  12. Hey Mark, Got the DWG TrueView from AutoDesk, works like a charm, thanks.
    Ok, now what does qrk stand for?? Quick Refined Knowledge?
  13. Ken G

    Ken G Guest

    Go to and pay them $9.95US. Their program will install
    as a printer. Just print to it and it will generate a PDF file. You
    can also us it free of charge if you don't mind a short
  14. qrk

    qrk Guest

    More like QuackeRy Knowlege.
    Qrk is a nickname given to me by my ham buddies back in the 70s. In
    Morse code, if you run the M and A together you get a Q. Thus MARK
    turns into QRK.
  15. The program used to print the information should not convert it to
    bitmap format. Otherwise one ends up with a bitmap PDF in stead
    of a vector PDF. The quality of PDFs generated via a "print" interface
    are of very low to reasonable quality. To get PDFs suitable for the
    printing process, one need to use a program such as CorelDRAW
    that can directly export high quality PDFs. The quality difference of
    a PDF exported directly from CorelDRAW, and one generated via
    the "printing" method is HUGE.

    Anton Erasmus
  16. Well Mark, in my scorebook you have the highest batting average in our
    league. You don't step to the plate too often but when you do you take a
    great swing with many hits. You will not qualify for MVP (Most Valuable
    Poster) this year because of your limited at bats but in a pressure
    situation with the bases loaded, your in my top ten.
  17. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I've done exactly this, and it's trivially easy to ignore the ads - just
    ignore them like you ignore any ad - it's WAY worth the price!

  18. Joseph2k

    Joseph2k Guest

    signal is very good (5)
  19. private

    private Guest

    1) download and install Ghostscript and Ghostview, 2) install a
    postscript printer (software install!) under Windoze and set its default
    settings to print to file--no you do not have to have the 'printer
    device' attached, 3) print to the postscript printer and name the file
    and place the file somewhere in the drivepath so that you can find it,
    4) browse to find the file and rename to have a .ps extension, 5) open
    it in Ghostview, 6) convert to PDF using the appropriate menu, 7) review
    PDF document.
  20. Barbarian

    Barbarian Guest

    Download and install PDF995 from

    It installs as a printer... tell autocad to print to printer "PDF995".

    Print "view" to print a section of a drawing into a PDF.

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