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Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 3:21:38 PM | Printing a set as PDF's

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I am new to Revit, and have not been able to find anywhere in the documentation how to print out a set of sheets as PDFs. I have it set up to print to a PDF, but I seem to have to name each individual sheet as it prints, which is really tedious. Is there a way to have it automatically create the sheet name to match the sheet number? I'd also like to save the PDF settings, but I seem to ned to re-enter the postscript sheet size every time, where as in ADT, you can save a printer profile.

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Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 4:02:34 PM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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You can use the 'select sheets or views' option to set up a que for printing, either to plotters or to files such as pdf. You will be presented with a dialog box where there will be a check-box allowing you to write and name files separately, and a dialog box that gives you control over how this will be executed. I am still in a trial and error mode with this - I get confused by the setup, and sometimes just manually rename files that have names I want to adjust, typically when sending out to clients, etc. Revit lets you save configurations for plotting. I don't have experience with this because I am always in too much of a rush to do the smart thing and set up a system. All in time. This feels like a vague response, but at least I can assure you that I have seen and used the capabilities you are describing successfully.

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Fri, Aug 25, 2006 at 4:22:54 PM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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Revit used to provide it's own PDF writer which would automatically name the PDF files printed in "batch" mode. That is now gone in favor of Autodesk's DWF writer. I know that other are using Acrobat Distiller for batch PDF plotting. Some go to DWF then PDF out the DWF. Others simply resign them selfs to naming each sheet when the dialog box pops up. Some still have the old Revit PDF writer and continue to use it. www.augi.com has had several in-depth discussions on this issue so it might be worth a visit and search on the topic. HTH Tom

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Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 3:14:21 PM | RE:

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I hav been trying to get the configurations workign as well. the odd thing is that every time that I set it up to print ot file, it creates an Illustrator file (*.prn), and does not give me an option for a pdf. It seems liek there is a way to do it, and tht I ma just missign a butoon somewhere. I'll have to check out he other site as tomdinmn suggests. Thanks for the feedback, this is certainyl an active forum, it seems everyone must really be pretty into Revit to be so involved.



You can use the 'select sheets or views' option to set up a que for printing, either to plotters or to files such as pdf. You will be presented with a dialog box where there will be a check-box allowing you to write and name files separately, and a dialog box that gives you control over how this will be executed. I am still in a trial and error mode with this - I get confused by the setup, and sometimes just manually rename files that have names I want to adjust, typically when sending out to clients, etc.

Revit lets you save configurations for plotting. I don't have experience with this because I am always in too much of a rush to do the smart thing and set up a system. All in time.

This feels like a vague response, but at least I can assure you that I have seen and used the capabilities you are describing successfully.

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Fri, Sep 1, 2006 at 12:51:13 PM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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Google PDF995. It's free, if you can tolerate an add every time you print. Works just like the DWF writer. In fact, I've used it to print PDF either straight from Revit or from archived DWFs later.

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Tue, Sep 5, 2006 at 1:56:24 PM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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prn file sounds like you have the print to file box checked. If you are printing a pdf file you don't need this checked. It asks you after you click print what the name of the file is to be called.

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Wed, Sep 6, 2006 at 8:35:10 PM | RE:

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Thanks Framerman

Thanks, I got that now. What I was trying to do when printing all of the sheets as PDF's was to automatically have the program assign the sheet names to the PDF's. It keeps askign me to name each and every file, which defeats the purpose. It does work with DWF's which I am not that familiar with, but now seems to bea great alternate to PDF's.

quote= framerman - 2006-09-05 08:56:24]prn file sounds like you have the print to file box checked. If you are printing a pdf file you don't need this checked. It asks you after you click print what the name of the file is to be called.[/quote]

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Sun, Sep 24, 2006 at 5:03:34 AM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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As far as I understand this, Revit looks at the operating system of your computer for a printer. Any printer has a "driver" that translates Revit's file into data that the printer can plot. Thus, my little, desktop HP Deskjet prints my Revit drawings. However, other printers need the PDF file format to print. (Portable Document Format is owned by Adobe) Autodesk created DWF to avoid the proprietary Adobe software. (Adobe Pro costs $500 U.S. , the AutoCAD program costs $2,500 U.S. hmmmm........) A drawing(or view) file from Revit can be exported to AutoCAD 2006 or 2007. Open the drawing file in AutoCAD. Select "Plot" on the File menu, - in the plot dialog box - in the Printers/Plotters drop-down menu , select "DWG to a PDFpc3". AutoCAD will convert the drawing to a PDF and save it to a file of your choice. (Can I leave out sheet size, setup, etc. to keep this simple?)

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Mon, Sep 25, 2006 at 1:56:03 AM | RE: Printing a set as PDF's

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When plotting to dwf and then to pdf from dwf. Is there any noticible difference in file size? quality? I have the free install of pdf995 when selecting autoname it overides the last file with the new one. When selecting combine pdf's the last job printed will be combined in the set. I would like the end result to be individual files autonamed with the sheet number

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