Is there any way to put a watermark on a SolidWorks drawing other than saving out to a PDF or using eDrawings? I'm interested in it for ITAR documents and Preliminary drawings we send out for customer approval
Kinda lame but, like above, put a note on your drawing that references a custom property. This sample is driven from a custom property annotation on the sheet format. You could also set up a macro to read a value from the file and if true, like approved, then display the specified text.
I kind of remember seeing this at SolidworksWorld.
I think you have to create note text on the drawing sheet. Set the color to a light gray or somthing then put the drawing view over it. You can link the note text to a custom property that you change or clear.
I have not tried it.
The answer at SolidWorks World in the Stump the Chumps session was based on this article:
Some additional functionality was covered by Wilkie at Stump the Chumps, but if you want to edit the text, see the article above.
P.S., Adobe Acrobat actually has the easiest solution. Watermark and headers are built in functionality since Acrobat Professional 8. They are very easy to create, remove and edit, even in batches.
And someone else with SolidWorks can remove the objects there. But, try the solution in the article I mentioned. It's pretty cool and works for most cases. If you have a lot of assemblies, then I recommend placing your watermark for the title block since this solution doesn't always work for assemblies for some reason.
Acrobat Pro is required to edit watermarks and headers in PDFs. Most people don't have that. Also, you can set up security on your PDF's so that they cannot be edited.
The article you quotes has you putting the linked annotation on the sheet format and states that it will be behind all the other sheet object. When I try this the watermark shows up behind dimensions but on top of the part line and edges. Is there a way to force the watermark behind everything (on or off the sheet format) with layers? Or something else?
And worse yet, even though it's a light red on the selected layer, the color print comes out solid black?
I think there's something with layers that I'm not understanding. I've attached both the test PDF and a screen shot in SW2008.
***ANSWERED PART OF MY OWN QUESTION: IT HAS TO BE A BLOCK TO SHOW UP BEHIND THE LINES OF THE PART. JUST AN ANNOTATION SHOWS UP IN FRONT OF PART LINES BUT BEHIND DIMENSIONS AND SHEET ANOTATIONS.
HOWEVER IT STILL SHOWS UP AS SOLID BLACK IN THE PDF PRINT WHICH WON'T WORK.***
Prints to PDF in color for me if and only if I have Color/Grayscale checked in the page set-up.
That fixed it. I had it set to automatic and the logo was printing in color, so I assumed that meant that everything else should be as well. But switching to color/greyscale solved the problem.
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