Beyond the Paper
 Autodesk
DWG or DXF
Autodesk
DWF
Adobe
PDF (PostScript)
Océ
LDF
HP
PLT (HPGL)
various
PLT (Tiff)
Print on any printer?yesyesyesOcé onlydevice specificdevice specific
Scale to various page sizes?not print readyyesyesyesyesno
Supports merge control for accurate colors?yesyesnoyesyesyes
Print full and half size from same file?not print readyyesyesif it contains a VIC;
otherwise same as Tiff
yesno
(darkens when reduced)
File size small enough to be emailed?possiblyyespossiblyyesnono
Measure electronically before printing?AutoCADDesign ReviewAdobe softwarenonono
Contains useful metadata to aid printing decisions?yesyesnononono
Contains hyperlinks to navigate from sheet to sheet?yesyesyesnonono
Electronic review process integrated with AutoCAD?Design ReviewDesign ReviewAdobe softwarenonono
Text is searchable to locate sheets for printing?yesyesyesnonono
Supports merge control for accurate printing?yesyesnoyesyesyes
Supports different scales per viewport?yesyesnonomanuallymanually
Optimal for electronic takeoff before printing?yesyesnononono
Contains multiple print sheets in a single file?yesyesyesnonono
Combines CAD and nonCAD prints into one file?noyesyesnonono
Contains 3D that can be printed?yesyes
(from any
application)
yes
(from some
applications)
nonono
Files are self-contained?no (XREFs)yesyesyesyesyes
Independent of AutoCAD version?noyesyesyesyesyes
Can be used for archiving?noyesyesyesyesyes
Protects intellectual property?noyesyesyesyesyes
File format is open and freely available?noyesavailable under
license fee
noavailable under
license fee
yes
Free viewer available?yes (104 MB)yes (10 MB)yes (27 MB)yes (14 MB)yes (various)yes (various)
Customer already has viewer?unlikelypossiblylikelyunlikelylikely
(native application)
likely
(native application)
Can print without special software components?no
(Object Enablers)
yesyesno
(Océ Repro Desk)
yesyes
Time and overhead for reprographers?highOcé = moderate
PLP = low
KIP = low
moderatelow (Océ only)smallestsmallest
Can be created for free?no
(AutoCAD-based products)
yes - using
DWF Writer
no - using
Adobe software,
but free writers exist
yes
(Océ Client Tools)
various
(native applications)
various
(native applications)
Is primarily used for:plans
(engineering collaboration)
design dataspecifications
(textual documents)
commercial printinggeneric printinggeneric printing