Vectorworks Tip 359 – Export to PDF

image152There 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.

Vectorworks Tip #163 – Publish Command – Print to PDF

2014-10-20_18-36-57The 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.

Help! I can’t Print to PDF!

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.”