Plotting Directly To ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' System Printer
The most efficient way to create a PDF file from AutoCAD is to use the AcroPlot / AcroPlot Pro menu and toolbar inside
AutoCAD. AcroPlot / AcroPlot Pro software is made specifically for creating PDF files from AutoCAD that are rotated
correctly, support ''lines merge'' settings, and are compact in file size.
It is not recommended that you use the ''Print / Plot" command for creating PDF files from within AutoCAD to a Microsoft
Windows virtual printer due to the fact that AutoCAD and Windows virtual printing do not translate drawing orientation
correctly. It is commonplace for a AutoCAD user to specify ''Landscape" in their AutoCAD plot settings, and ''Lanscape" in the
printer/plotter printing preferences, only to achieve a PDF file that is rotated to ''Portrait" orientation. This situation can also
happen when using the AutoCAD ''print/plot'' command and selecting the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer
and is why we recommend using the AcroPlot / AcroPlot Pro menu and toolbar for creating PDF files from AutoCAD. AcroPlot
will create a PDF correctly every time.
That being said, there are times when a CAD User will need print to the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer from
AutoCAD to create a PDF file and the following steps describe the process.
The ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer is a common component for AcroPlot and AcroPlot Pro software
applications and must be installed. The full functionality and licensing of the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer
is only available with AcroPlot Pro. If you have only licensed AcroPlot, then the PDF files created by printing to this driver will
result in a PDF that contains evaluation watermarks. To fully enable the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer, you
will need to upgrade to AcroPlot Pro.
Plotting to ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' Using the AutoCAD ''Plot'' command
Plotting or printing to a PDF file using the AutoCAD ''Plot'' command and selecting the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro''
system printer will result in creating a PDF file that is saved to a specified folder. Even though the ''Plot'' command was
executed, the final result is a file being created. No printing on any of your connected printing / plotting devices will occur.
Once the PDF has been created and saved, you can open the PDF file for viewing and actual hardcopy printing.
Here are the steps for plotting to a PDF from AutoCAD using the ''PDF-XChange for AcroPlot Pro'' system printer driver.
1. Launch AutoCAD and open a DWG file. AcroPlot / AcroPlot Pro has a sample file that is good for testing PDF creation.
Here is the location to the CADzation Benchmark DWG to PDF file for AutoCAD: "C:\Program Files\AcroPlot\Samples
2. Select [File-->Plot...] to invoke the AutoCAD plot window.