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Converting AutoCAD (DXF, DWG) files to PDF using the Muhimbi PDF Converter Services

Posted at: 2:49 PM on 24 February 2011 by Muhimbi

AutoCAD IconAs has been the case for the last few years, development on our range of PDF Conversion products is going full steam ahead. Full details about all the great new features will follow in a future post, for now I want to focus on the new and improved AutoCAD converter included in the latest 5.0 release.

If you are an existing user of our software then you are probably aware that we have provided the ability to convert DWG and DXF files for quite some time as it basically came for free with our Visio converter. Unfortunately Visio does not do a particular great job with most AutoCAD files.

As we are receiving more and more requests for high-end AutoCAD support, we decided to completely overhaul our CAD converter, which is now completely self-contained and no longer relies on external dependencies such as Visio.

The key features and improvements are as follows:

  1. Full 2D and 3D support.
  2. Highly configurable (Output paper size, margins, Layouts / Views to convert)
  3. Automatic and intelligent recoloring of drawings, e.g. Switch background to black, white or any other color without losing visibility of elements that were already using that color. Full Black and White support is available as well.
  4. Conversion of individual Layouts or all Layouts while skipping empty and invalid ones.
  5. Automatic detection of paper orientation.

 

As the converter is part of our highly scalable PDF Conversion platform, it automatically benefits from all its features including reliability, scalability, watermarking engine, cross platform support, web services based API, PDF security, SharePoint integration, Nintex Workflow integration, Java support, InfoPath attachments, Windows Azure etc.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so listed below are 3 copies of the same drawing after conversion to PDF, but with different recoloring options.
 

CAD Sample - White Back

 

CAD Sample - Black Back

 

CAD Sample - Black and White

 
If you prefer you can also use third party CAD converters in combination with the Muhimbi PDF Converter, in case you need support for a feature that is currently not supported by us. For details on how to integrate third party components see this post.

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