Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Comparison of DWG to PDF with OLE's

This is a quick test of plotting a test drawing (87 KB) to different formats using AutoCAD 2008.


I pasted some cells from Excel 2007 as OLE objects into a drawing and used different printers and plotted to different formats and here is the result.

Printer Screen capture of result File size Text quality File
Adobe PDF using Acrobat 8 Professional image 57 KB As text Download PDF
PrimoPDF image 25 KB As text Download PDF
DWG To PDF.pc3 included with AutoCAD 2008 image 216 KB As graphic Download PDF
DWF6 ePlot.pc3 included with AutoCAD 2008 image 76 KB As graphic Download DWF
Microsoft XPS Document Writer included with Windows Vista image 112 KB As text Download XPS

As you can see the winner in this specific test was PrimoPDF a great free PDF printer. The size was the smallest and the text is still text in the PDF file and is searchable.

Feel free to print the test drawing yourself using your favorite printer software and format and add a comment on the result.


  1. Restored comment
    by Anonymous
    I was all ready to switch my PDF print driver to PrimoPDF from the open-source PDFCreator, but it doesn't seem that PrimoPDF has any way to create AEC paper sizes. The Windows print driver doesn't seem to have any way to add/configure any paper sizes other than about the standard eight (letter, legal, ledger, tabloid, etc.). PDFCreator at least has ANSI, ARCH, etc. as default paper sizes...


  2. Restored comment
    by JTB World
    There is a way to add paper sizes to PrimoPDF. See this link.


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