RE: Converting AutoCad Drawings

Subject: RE: Converting AutoCad Drawings
From: Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 10:12:19 -0500

We have very good success using either of two methods. Save the drawing
(export) as either EPS or wmf format. The commands are "epsout" and
"wmfout." You may have to experiment with changing the line weights and
colors to get a good result. With the latest versions of AutoCad, you must
use a white background for WMF's; otherwise, ACAD exports the color of the
background as part of the picture. Generally I've found it works better to
convert all the lines to a black color. When I want to make a picture for a
manual, I make a copy of the AutoCad file and then whack, chop and change
it to suit my purposes.

For the web we use DWF's which print very well as a standalone document,
but they probably wouldn't integrate into a PDF very well.

Hope this helps. Give me a shout if you have other questions.


On Monday, March 26, 2001 1:55 PM, Brian Burson
[SMTP:bburson -at- northstar-tec -dot- com] wrote:
> We are having problems with taking AutoCad drawings and then integrating
> them into a technical product spec sheet. The problems can be summarized
> follows:
> 1) The quality of the lines are so bad that we are unable to compress
> final pdf output without a significantly larger file.
> 2) We have to save the AutoCad to PDF then manipulate that file in a
> graphic editing program. In the process, the quality goes down.
> I'd be interested in learning how some of you have solved the issue of
> migrating AutoCad drawings into standard desktop publishing applications.
> Thanks,
> Brian Burson
> NorthStar Technologies

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
Elk Rapids Engineering Div., Star Cutter Company

johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com - work
thomasj -at- freeway -dot- net - personal


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