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Hello, new user here. I downloaded the free2d in order to lay out the plan of a cemetery (kind of a circle split into 4 quadrants). Simple enough. I want to eventually get 4 posters plotted out, about 36" sq. When I contact some local print shops about what file types they like to receive, .pdf is a common response. My question is can free2d export a drawing as a .pdf, would I just need to convert the usual free2d file into a .pdf, or would it just be easier to find a drawing software that creates the file as a .pdf? (Or would print shops have the capability of bringing up various file types?)

Thanks for your help.
Derrick
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Re: File Types

Not sure if it is included or not with Free 2D (it is in the full Solid Edge
version) but if you choose the Save As command from the Application menu,
you should have PDF in the File of Type option.
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> Hello, new user here. I downloaded the free2d in order to lay out the
> plan of a cemetery (kind of a circle split into 4 quadrants). Simple
> enough. I want to eventually get 4 posters plotted out, about 36" sq.
> When I contact some local print shops about what file types they like to
> receive, .pdf is a common response. My question is can free2d export a
> drawing as a .pdf, would I just need to convert the usual free2d file
> into a .pdf, or would it just be easier to find a drawing software that
> creates the file as a .pdf? (Or would print shops have the capability
> of bringing up various file types?)
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Derrick
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Re: File Types


The free version will not save a file as a PDF. There are numerous free software
programs that will do what you need. I use cutePDF and am very happy with it.
http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/Writer.asp
It gets installed as a printer driver like most programs of this type so to convert
your drawing to PDF you need to print rather than save and select the PDF file printer.
It will ask for a file name to save it as instead of attempting to print the file.
Hope this helps.
Ed
dabbott_sc@yahoo.com wrote:
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>Hello, new user here. I downloaded the free2d in order to lay out the
>plan of a cemetery (kind of a circle split into 4 quadrants). Simple
>enough. I want to eventually get 4 posters plotted out, about 36" sq.
>When I contact some local print shops about what file types they like to
>receive, .pdf is a common response. My question is can free2d export a
>drawing as a .pdf, would I just need to convert the usual free2d file
>into a .pdf, or would it just be easier to find a drawing software that
>creates the file as a .pdf? (Or would print shops have the capability
>of bringing up various file types?)
>
>Thanks for your help.
>Derrick
>
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Re: File Types

Thanks for the help. I just saw the similar ? from August, sorry :-(

Re: File Types

Derrick,

It might be worth asking the printer if they could use DXF files. Many print shops carry Adobe Illustrator, which will import DXF files and allow them to save off in many other raster file types (pdf, bmp, gif, jpg, png, etc.)
Tim Flater
Enkei America, Inc.