Looking for a DWG to PDF converter that can be used with ePDM to automatically generated a PDF from a drawing as it passes through a work flow, would someone be able to recommend one?
AnyDWG pro version supports command line actions so you should be able to code it to do your needed task.
EPDM 2011 SP4 and up's Convert Task will do it. (Tasks can be fired via workflow transition.)
Do I need to have extra software (AutoCAD) on the server or is that within ePDM?
We at work just print to pdf and it works fine.
Take a look at this thread converting PDF's from DWG files.
You need some type of software on the server to convert the AutoCAD file to PDF, off the top of my head you could use: AutoCAD, eDrawings, a third part DWG to PDF converter, .....
...or SolidWorks. SolidWorks is the program that the out of the box convert task uses.
Revisiting this old thread... you mentioned that the EPDM's convert task should be able to convert DWGs to PDFs. However, when I try using the task, the PDFs don't look correct (they don't capture the full drawing, just a zoomed in portion of it). Is there a setting in the convert task that I need to change to get the conversion correct? I'm on EPDM 2012, SP3.
In the same boat. According to this and other threads, the latest versions should be able to do it, but I haven't been able to successfully get a PDF from a DWG file. Can anyone confirm/deny that this is indeed possible out-of-the-box (no custom programming) in EDPM? We're on 2012 SP5
As Jeff mentioned with newer versions of EPDM / service packs, you can use the convert task that comes with EPDM. That being said we have developed our own DWG to PDF task. This can be initiated through a right mouse click or via workflow. We can work with your to customize the solution to meet your specfic requirments that the out of the box convert task may not accomplish.
I would be happy to discuss this with you in more detail.
This is not an answer to creating a pdf within Enterprise, but DraftSight seems to allow for "print to pdf" also - may be an answer to the dwg-to-pdf problem (and DraftSight is free).
We use SolidConverterDWG and Dispatch to do this currently.
This program allows DWG to be converted to PDF's from the command line.
ENTER ROOT FOLDER HERE\SolidConverterDWG.exe /i "%PathToSelectedFile%" /o "%PathtoSave%" /w x /y
I have a variable that controls %PathtoSave% based on where the file exists in the vault. That can be changed to a certain folder if you want it to be a fixed location.
I am using PDF converter feature of ClassicPDF to convert files into PDF, its the most simple conversion form that I ve ever came across, all I do is that I open the file that i have to convert, and click 'Ctrl + P' and then select ClassicPDF editor as Printer and click Print and the file is converted into PDF for me. This is the best solution that I found and that I am using. I hope it will work for you as well.
We use a program from Razorleaf named Batch Print.
This is a program that runs on virtually any file type, Word, Excel, ACAD, SolidWorks...
Additionally, it does Watermarking and security on the PDF. As well as Publisch to the same Vault or a different Vault.
The Batch Print works great. It is a bit costly, but very much worth it.
im doing format conversion with pdf converter ,it supports a mount of file type .it is quick and easy.
Im not sure whether more useful info will be needed or not...here is a excellent pdf conversion program, hope it gonna be useful to someone.
IES has developed a pretty good solution for this:
There are multiple options for generating your PDF depending your needs.
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