CAD Support Section Manager for Alion Science, Philip Schlickenmaier, writes:
I have a DWF tip you may or may not have heard before. Unfortunately the tip is for making multiple page PDF files easier. The problem I needed to solve is how to create a multiple page PDF file from a drawing or a group of drawings without having to insert each page of the resultant PDF files into one PDF file. The solution is to publish to a DWF file and print it to a PDF file.
- Use the publish command to select the layouts or drawings to be plotted.
- Select an appropriate page setup.
- Check Publish to DWF file.
- Check Publish Options to ensure Multi-sheet DWF is selected.
- Publish DWF file.
- Open DWF in Viewer and print ALL sheets to a single PDF file.
One plus for DWF using this method is that it becomes obvious how much larger PDF files are than DWF. See you next week at AU.
Thanks for the tip Philip. You are correct in that working with DWF and PDF does show that PDF files are larger. In addition, DWF files are more suited to being integrated into electronic workflows because the files contain objects that can be accurately measured or counted. Users of 3D have also expressed a preference over the user interface and performance of DWF files in the Autodesk DWF Viewer and Autodesk Design Review, especially since our service pack for these applications included a 3D performance boost!