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Can I create a menu button to Save As PDF
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* September 09, 2013, 11:30:59 AM
Hi All,

I'm new to TC20, been using Autocad for 20 years.  I have hundreds of files that I need to save as PDF, and it is very time-consuming to do this manually, particularly because I want to save the PDF to a certain sub-directory.  Is there a way to create a menu button to save the open file as a PDF to a pre-defined sub-directory?

TIA

PS.  I should mention that I'm using TC20 Deluxe
« Last Edit: September 09, 2013, 11:46:33 AM by GbCFnQqM »

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* September 09, 2013, 03:32:15 PM
#1
I don't think you can do anything like that in Deluxe.

The 2 Pro editions have a MacroRecorder and Ruby scripting. I can't get the MacroRecorder to do this, but then I don't know that much about that. I would think that Ruby could do this.

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John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2019
Designer, Deluxe, (Professional, Expert, Basic), Platinum
RedSDK enabled
Windows 10 Pro (1803), 64-bit


* September 09, 2013, 05:59:17 PM
#2
The AutoIT scripted automation application can be scripted to do this sort of batching.  It's independent of TC and has it's own learning curve, but I dabbled a bit a few years back and was able to arrange some batching in TC, amounting to opening certain files with TC, and saving them to IGES.  I found the entry curve quite gentle.  It was originally developed to install and configure Windows at OEM production level, and there's lots of user experience generously contributed, to draw on.   It'd be a companion button launched from AutoIT, not native TC.

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* September 09, 2013, 10:50:47 PM
#3
I completely forgot about the File Converter tool in the AddOns menu. This too is a "Pro Only" tool. It has an icon/button that you can place wherever you want in the program.

It has a BUG in that it attempts to convert 3D drawings to 3D PDF instead of the normal 2D PDF.

Download a trial version of a Pro edition and give it a try. You can have Deluxe and Pro on the same machine.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2013, 10:53:12 PM by John R »

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John R.

V17—V21, 2015—2019
Designer, Deluxe, (Professional, Expert, Basic), Platinum
RedSDK enabled
Windows 10 Pro (1803), 64-bit


* September 11, 2013, 09:25:13 AM
#4
Thanks very much for the replies.  I guess I'll enlist someone else to do this low-level work.

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September 12, 2013, 06:06:03 PM
#5
Save as PDF doesn't work very well in TC. Just set an external PDF printer as your default and use the print button. Once you set the file name this will only take a few more mouse clicks and give a much better PDF.

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mike
TC user since v3. MacMini 5.1. 2.3 GHz. 16 Gig RAM.
TC 19 Pro 64 bit. Windows 7.


* September 13, 2013, 06:31:13 AM
#6
Mike,

Thanks for the suggestion, sounds like a good idea.

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