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June 19, 2007


Wally McMillan

I don't see where anyone addresses the problem of PLOTTING TO SCALE.

The Adobe PDF print software forces a scale of 96%. The civil and structural disciplines need an accurate, fullsize, 100% plot.

How do I get an accurate fullsize, 100% plot?

Does anyh of this software give a 100%, fullsize plot?

Wally McMillan
McMillan Engineers

Scott Sheppard

Brian Mathews provided tips on this in the following blog article: http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2006/08/publishing_dwf_.html

Rodney McManamy

I take it you are talking about Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat when you mean Adobe PDF print software.

They do not force it to 96% you just have it set wrong. Look at the scaling options and you have it set to Fit to Printable Area which likely means your plotter has a 1/4" margin on each sides so it's doing what you tell it to do. Set the Scaling to "None" and you will get a true 100%.

But I have to credit the DWF team on this one as they have had true scaling in the DWF Viewer for years now. So you can do a true 75% or 50% reduction if you want along with the 100%.

Adobe on the other hand spends millions advertising to CAD users and apparently can't hire anyone who knows anything about CAD because true scaling is a huge problem in their software and would honestly take any good programmer about 2 days to add in at the most.

Ny Web Developer

Ever since I updated from DWF viewer to Autodesk Design Review 2010, printing from DWF to PDF takes hours while it

Survey Monkey

We can also do things like take our AcroPlot Auto which will watch entire drives and use it to automatically convert any DWF or PDF to a tiff so it's ready to send directly to the plotter. So there is no additional labor costs but yes there are costs to the technology but a fraction of what you guys are paying for plotters.

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