So I'm trying to create a huge paper stencil of a part we are working on, but the drawing is over 200" and will not convert to pdf. Is there a way to save my drawing as a bigger pdf?
Are you using File>Save As>PDF ?
It doesnt work, a window pops up and says...
Sheet dimensions for "sheet1" exceed PDF limits (200 inch x 200 inch).
If I remember correct this is a Adobe PDF postscript limit. While Adobe says you can create much larger I think most programs are limited to 200 x 200. I don't know a way you can create anything larger than this. You may need to research exporting to another program with larger limits.
I vaguely remember a PDF program that was able to page out to accommodate something like this, I'm sorry that I can't recall which PDF program did this. I just tried on PrimoPDF and it didn't work. I believe the process was called tiling and allowed you to tape pages together. Do you have a projector? Just 'show' the document at the correct 'scale' on a sheet(s) of paper on the wall. Trace it and be done with it.
It is Fu^%&ng stupid that we can't print the Empire State Building in 1:1 scale.
I have never personally run across this as a problem before, so I probably should shut up, but I have been told on more than on occasion that I am full of it. Opinions that is.
I tried PDF Architect and PDF995. Both have the 200 limit.
We have pieced together stuff over the years both in art for silk screens and 'templates' for torch cutting. By the way, I have the Empire State Building at 1:1. If you pay for shipping I'll send it to you FREE! LOL!
I spit my drink on my screen reading this.
Scot, I think you meant 'crayon' right? LOL!
Adobe Acrobat Pro X (Version 10.1.16, past end of support) does have the option to print tiled sheets from a larger document.
However, I don't know if this solves the issue of size caps in the source file, to later produce through tiling.
When you save the dwg as PDF, do you still care about the scale?
Have you tried to change unit to mm
Can you save to JPG, PNG or TIF (quality might be poor, but I think you can update that in translation options)?
Then you should be able to at least plot it.
If not, then you might be able to convert it to PDF from there.
Or go multi page if it possible and split up your drawing.
Dan Pihlaja wrote: Can you save to JPG, PNG or TIF (quality might be poor, but I think you can update that in translation options)?
Dan Pihlaja wrote:
From my personal experience, don't waste you time. Besides horrible quality, the file size (the size of the file actually sent to the printer) can become HUGE and the time to print can be excessively long.
I thought some more about this for you. You can create a 1:2 scale scale drawing (or 1:3, 1:4, w/e fits) that does fit on a PDF, then print it at 200% (or 300%, 400%, etc) onto tiled output as discussed above.
That is, PDF's may have a maximum page size in the file, but not so much in the print driver-based output of production.
Is it possible to PLOT it in a larger size? Its been a long time since I plotted anything but you might be able to simply do the plot from the original file and not convert to PDF. If you don't have a plotter you can try some of the places like Kinko's (or what ever they are called these days).
Don't really know if that is possible but it might be an option.
Add a tick mark each 190 inches and then create multiple views that are shy of the 200" limit that you can put back together once you print. We do this in Autocad once in a while since our plotter can only print 24" wide.
I used to do that when I had to print large drawings to scale on 8.5 x 11 sheets - except I used center marks so they were more noticeable.
Try downloading and installing "CutePdf Writer". Select it as your printer. When you print, it will go thru some gyrations and then give you the option to save the file as a .pdf file. From there, you should only be restricted by the actual printer limitations.
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