solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by John H » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 18:10:29 GMT

I have a drawing of a medium sized assembly (4 views + BOM).
It will print OK directly from SWX, but if I "save as pdf", the pdf won't
print correctly from Adobe Reader - it always has some of the geometry

The print queue shows a file size of 1.4MB using Adobe Reader, and approx
1MB from SWX.
Could this be a printer memory issue? - it's not giving any print errors.
I'm using SWX 2007sp3.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1.0.

I did eventually manage to get the pdf to print fully, but only by selecting
the "print as image" option which supposedly sends it to the printer as a
raster image - it certainly gives a poorer quality output.

Any thoughts?

John H

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by thestew » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 20:50:17 GMT

On Sep 12, 5:10 am, "John H" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

I have seen a lot of issues with PDF. We use tiff files instead, we
have less issues with TIFF files. I find that anything you convert a
solidworks drawing to has issues including DXF. Sorry I couldnt help,
maybe try TIFF files.

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by John H » Wed, 12 Sep 2007 21:29:56 GMT

I usually used tif files in my last job, but here they prefer pdf.

One disadvantage of tif is that not all viewers will display more than the
first page of a multi-page tif. Also, some people email you back saying
they can't open the file, despite the fact that every version of windows
from 95 onwards can!

I had already tried tif and it has worked fine.
Another format that I used to use is cgm, as it's a vector format, but SWX
doesn't seem to support it.

Do you think the issue with pdf is in the way SWX creates them, or in the
Maybe I'll try creating one with Cutepdf to see if it makes a difference.

John H

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by Krister_L » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 00:02:45 GMT

Make sure Your drawing is in "high quality" before You save it as pdf.
I have noticed that views can be missing if it's not saved like this.

// Krister

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by WormSign » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 20:02:11 GMT

If the resulting PDF file looks fine on screen...Then in Acrobat reader in
the print dialog box click the Advanced button and check "print as image".
I've had this same problem with PDFs customers have sent me and this seems
to fix the problem with 'large' PDFs. BTW it does take longer for the
print processing.

Hope this helps,

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by John H » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 21:32:16 GMT

I did try this (see original post) but it doesn't give crisp results.

I've just installed "Bullzip pdf" writer which seems to work fine, has more
options than either SWX or Cutepdf, gives smaller file sizes (only half!!),
is faster and prints perfectly.

Obviously another bit of SWX crapware.

John H

solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by WormSign » Thu, 13 Sep 2007 23:13:13 GMT

note to self : read entire post ; )

thanks for the info on Bullzip, I'll check it out.


solidworks >> Problem printing pdf's

by ben » Wed, 19 Sep 2007 09:20:06 GMT

On Sep 12, 6:10 am, "John H" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

Try PrimoPDF. It lets you print to a PDF file and for some reason it
allows you to make PDFs of those giant assemblies that won't work
using "Save as PDF." You can also convert when opening a drawing in
View Only, which is a big plus.


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