How the convert task can be used to convert AutoCAD files to PDF? ( I am not talking about using Draftsight as a mediumb but AutoCAD Software.
What are the modified script for the same?
Is there a specific reason why you don't want to use Draftsight as the software for the DWG/DXF to PDF automated conversion?
A new PDM Add-in would need to be written for PDM to be able to open up the AutoCAD application and 'tell' it what to do. This add-in would need to be specific to the PDM version and AutoCAD version you are using. While SOLIDWORKS provides the codes for PDM to tell SOLIDWORKS,Draftsight, and Office what to do ..... I would be really surprised if they COULD even legally release this kind of code for it's competitive CAD equivalents.
2018 SOLIDWORKS PDM Help - Customized Tasks
I think maybe the companies out there that write custom PDM code would try to steer you away from this. It costs money/time/effort to really duplicate the functions that the included 'Draftsight Add-in' can do. I'm sure any custom coder/service will gladly quote/write this for you, but also bear in mind that this code could require re-compilation each time you upgraded PDM and/or AutoCAD. The upkeep of custom code can require a financial as well as time/planning/effort cost as well. It would be really frustrating if you couldn't upgrade a PDM/SOLIDWORKS environment if a code snippet for one function needed a re-write and was delayed.
If you still want to pursue this, this thread is really great. It's a bit older but very detailed.
EPDM Task to Print PDF from AutoCAD?
Thanks for your generous reply!
I am implementing SOLIDWORKS PDM in that company and they use AutoCAD only for their daily purpose. I mean they have been using it from a long time. Pushing them towards to buy draftsight is the last option.
Going for a add-in option is not a optimum solution.
Another thing i wanted to know was that if we used the convert task for AutoCAD files, it uses the Import DXF/DWG tool to open the files and convert to pdf. But what goes wrong is when the file is converted to pdf only a portion (left corner) of the whole is converted.
How can be this rectified?
Well.. the cool thing is Draftsight is FREE! You would only need to buy one seat for the PDM Task host to run the automation. In most cases, that sweetens the argument quite a bit, especially with certain softwares forcing even decades loyal customers to a SSAS business model.
If a task does not function correctly, your software reseller should be able to help you evaluate
If you opt for the AutoCAD add-in, you may have to contact the person/company who wrote the add-in for you.
Yeah totally agree with you. Well lets see if i can customize the inbuilt convert task so it can open the autocad files in SOLIDWORKS and then convert it to pdf.
I just have to set page size parameters. (I hope it works out )
My Convert DWG Task add-in can use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, DraftSight, or it's own built-in PDF conversion engine to convert DWG to PDF. With AutoCAD, it uses AutoCAD's scripting engine, which allows it to do a lot more than just convert to PDF. (Swap sheet formats, replace references, etc.) Obviously, this is a product available for purchase; it's not free.
Feel free to reach to me or post here if you have any questions.
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