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#179325 - 11/06/12 04:28 PM Exporting a PDF
jemima Offline

Registered: 11/06/12
Posts: 6
Loc: uk
Hi I have Fundamentals 2011 on PC.
I am trying to export a PDF to a client.
I go to File - Export - then PDF is not an option.

I exported an 'Image' file, which saved as a Jpeg, but no one can open them except me.

Any ideas?? I need my clients to be able to see my drawings.

Many thanks

Jemima Withey
By George Interiors and Lighting Design
Suffolk, UK
Associate Member BIID

#179327 - 11/06/12 05:11 PM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
Miguel Barrera Offline
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Registered: 02/02/02
Posts: 594
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Install a pdf virtual printer. I use CutePDF Writer but there are others that are free. This utility works as a printer and it will be included in the list of printers available. After installing, select the pdf printer in the Page Setup and set the print options such as sheet size, landscape, etc. When you are ready to create the pdf, just click on print and the pdf printer should already be selected as the output device.

This method will work in any application that has the print function.

CutePDF website
Miguel A. Barrera, PE, PTOE Civil Engineer

#179331 - 11/06/12 06:11 PM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
Benson Shaw Offline
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Registered: 12/10/04
Posts: 2771
Loc: Seattle, WA USA
Welcome to the Forum!

As you found out, Fundamentals does not include pdf export. That is a shameful omission in the "lite" version of the software (my opinion). Do what Miguel Barrera suggests.

I wonder why others can't open your jpgs? Post one here so forum can try. Switch to Full Reply Screen and use the File Manager to add files to your post.

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#179361 - 11/07/12 09:46 AM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
jemima Offline

Registered: 11/06/12
Posts: 6
Loc: uk
Hi, thanks guys, I will try to find a free PDF printer option.

I tried to attach the JPG file, but this forum didn't like it either.

Bloody annoying.

Thanks for your help.

Jemima Withey
By George Interiors and Lighting Design
Suffolk, UK
Associate Member BIID

#179645 - 11/12/12 11:19 PM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]

Hi Jemima -I don't know about Fundamentals (I use Landmark) but in Landmark when I export a .jpg the default is some odd thing called .jpg2000 - just select .jpeg Image and you should be fine.

jpg2000 is still uncommon - I don't know why it's VW's default.

A free pdf printer is (it has an annoying advert unless you pay for it but that is all).

cheers, Nigel

#180256 - 11/29/12 10:43 PM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
BillV Offline

Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 98
Loc: Wellington, New Zealand
I have attached a list (compiled with assistance of Jonathan Pickup) which shows what is missing in Fundamentals.

I think there is a case for renaming Fundamentals. Like Revit, Archicad and Autocad which all have "lite" versions and are seriously lacking.

Unfortunately the price difference between Fundamentals and Architect may persuade buyers to go for Fundamentals. The longer term costs may well prove be more significant.

?It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.?

― John Ruskin

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#180264 - 11/30/12 04:28 AM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
Jonathan Pickup Offline

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Registered: 09/21/01
Posts: 3136
Loc: Napier, New Zealand
I recommend that users get the right version for their work. The added productivity you get from things like the Navigation palette, design layer viewports, section viewports and so on is amazing.
Jonathan Pickup
Essential, Architect, Landmark, and 3D Tutorials
Daily Vectorworks Tips

#180351 - 12/03/12 02:48 PM Re: Exporting a PDF [Re: jemima]
ChadL Offline

Registered: 07/09/09
Posts: 187
Loc: IL, USA
Vectorworks sucks at exporting PDFs anyways. If you have any content in the file you are exporting it makes Huge files. I would recommend always exporting an image file and printing that to a PDF.
Chad Lussier

VW2016, Win10-64 Pro
Spotlight, Renderworks
VW user since MiniCad 7


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