Hello Jim from Bonnie Scotland,
In the "Save As" dialog box, when you have chosen .PDF as the file type, click on the "Options" button near the bottom. When the Export Options dialog box opens, check the box at the top for "Export PDF in color". If this doesn't answer your question, please elaborate.
Glenn, from Southeast Texas
Tried that option, what I want is to be able to switch layers of in Adobe Acrobat I have noticed on some customer PDF
they have this option, but when I save in Solidworks it does not carry the layers through.
Not sure if there is direct option. You may save file as DWG/DXF and export layers with them. Now open DXF/DWG and print PDF from that and see if there any option to export layers. You will have to use Adobe illustrator to do this.
Also check this tool from Anark: http://www.anark.com/core/mbeworks/
I'm not aware of any way to do this in SW drawings saved to PDF's. Someone else might.
you would have to make a multiple sheet drawing in SW, show a different layer on each sheet, then publish the pdf with all the sheets.
only way I know of...work around. I don't know of a program that allows layer in pdf's, even powerpoints print only the single panels with no function.
That's something that AutoCAD and MicroStation will let you do, but not Solidworks.
It would make a good enhancement request.