This facility is only available if you have a Designer Series version of Vectorworks. It allows you to select which sheet layers or save views you want to print, and then it prints them to a single PDF file.
There is more than one way to export your information to a PDF file. Both the “Export PDF” command and Publishing to PDF are available to every Design Series version of Vectorworks, though they’re not available in Fundamentals. There are differences between exporting to PDF and publishing, Export to PDF only exports the current layer, Publish allows you to export all the sheet layers and saved views.
The Publish… command is in the File menu. The Publish dialog box allows you to choose any of the sheet layers or saved views from your file and print to a PDF file in the order you require. You select the required sheet and saved views, click on the top arrow where you can re-order the views. Click on the Publish button to create the PDF file.
Some clients want to make sure that the PDF files they export are to a high standard. There are some settings you can use to control the output of PDF drawings, but it depends on how you are trying to create the PDF’s.
I use batch exporting PDF files all the time. This is a great way to export all the sheet layers, or saved views from file.
I am getting closer to getting movies into my ebooks. I have successfully linked the movies in my monthly user group manuals.
To get the PDF files onto you iPad or iPhone, you use iTunes. Drag the PDF file to iTunes, and it will be added to your iTunes library. When you sync your iPhone or iPad, the pdf file will be uploaded.
You can import a PDF File and ungroup it, as long as it has vector information.
One of my clients just phoned up in a panic. They were trying to print a job to PDF. All the drawings except for one printed without the text boxes. I thought it might be a font problem, so I suggested a change to Arial (always a fallback font).
“had a few veiwports and referenced viewports on the page – all that use Avante Garde. Then 2 schedules and 1 worksheet – also all used avante garde. No text at all would actually appear in the PDF – even fonts that were not avante garde. Once I deleted the suspect schedule viewport every other bit of text began to appear – then I changed the font to Arial made a new viewport and it worked fine.”
There is one more way to import details for your projects, that is to import a PDF file. The example I will use is a technical manual from the manufacturer. You can use any PDF file that has technical details
This podcast shows you how to import one page from a muilt-page PDF file, scale it to the correct size and then make a viewport of the detail to place on the window drawing.