DWG™ is a powerful technology environment that Autodesk places in AutoCAD® software and many of its other products. This technology contains the ability to mold, render, draw, annotate and measure, among others. The extension .dwg is also the native file format for AutoCAD data. While .dwg is commonly used and facilitates file sharing and collaboration with others who create in this format, there are times when file creators need to convert a .dwg file to .pdf. PDF, Portable Document Format, is an open standard for document exchange. PDF files are secure and viewable and printable on virtually any platform, including Windows®, Mac OS®, and mobile platforms such as Android™.
Starting with the 2010 release, AutoCAD based products enable users to easily output high quality PDFs from within the application. The default vector resolution is 600 dpi, which produces precise line weights with a reasonable file size. True Type fonts are exported as text rather than as graphics, which provides visual quality and enables highlighting, searching, and copying text within the PDF viewer. Additional visual improvements include the ability to specify layer merge control, to include layer information, and to automatically view the plotted PDF.
In addition to Plot and Export, PDF support is integrated into the Publish, or Batch Plot feature. Users can use the Publish Options dialog to control additional settings such as single-sheet or multi-sheet output, layer information, and layer merge control. DWG to PDF conversion has never been easier with Autodesk software.
PDF Underlay Support
Share and reuse designs easily with robust PDF support within AutoCAD based products for 2010 release and later. With TrueType font support and import and underlay capabilities, AutoCAD LT helps ensure clear communication when using PDF. You can work with PDF underlays in the same way you work with other external references including .dwg, .dwf, .dgn, and image files. You can even snap to key points on PDF geometry using familiar object snaps.