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Adobe Acrobat 9 How-To #103: Converting Visio, InDesign, and Illustrator Documents

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Layered graphical documents are great business tools, but exporting them to PDF requires a little caution. Donna L. Baker discusses popular conversion options for Adobe Acrobat 9.

Using the AutoCAD PDFMaker

Acrobat 9 Pro includes a Windows-only PDFMaker for AutoCAD. Here are some tips for working with the AutoCAD PDFMaker:

  • Page size and plotting information transfer from AutoCAD to the PDFMaker automatically to specify the right page size.
  • Click PDF Layer Settings to open a menu listing settings previously created and saved. Choose the setting you want to use, and click OK to return to the Acrobat PDFMaker dialog box, where the selected settings are displayed.
  • After you convert an AutoCAD drawing to PDF, you have to resave the AutoCAD drawing again to store the PDF settings.
  • Use the Named Layer Filters options in the Acrobat PDFMaker dialog box to select a filter that fits specific criteria. If you want to use all layers except those filtered on your named criteria, click the Invert option.
  • Click Create Layer Set to add a folder to the Layers in PDF list, and then add layers to the folder. After you convert the document to PDF, when you open it in Acrobat, the layers in the original AutoCAD drawing are arranged in layer sets, which makes it much simpler for users to view specific parts of a drawing.
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