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Old 02-28-05, 08:11 AM
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Graphics software advice needed

Hi guys,

I do a lot of work with floorplans in AutoCAD, and need a way to transfer drawings from AutoCAD to PowerPoint or other Windows based software at scale for client reviews.

The last few months I have been creating PDF's of the drawings, and then using a program called SDI Convert to convert them over to JPG's. This process keeps the drawings at scale and works well although it is a bit step intensive.

Unfortunately, the SDI software was a demo and I now need to pay for the service. Before I do so, I just wanted to find out if anybody knew of any other software programs for converting PDF's to JPG's, or of another process to do so. So, any advice?

Thanks in advance!
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I don't know what kind of resolution you need, but would you consider taking screengrabs? A great little freeware program is this one: http://www.traction-software.co.uk/screengrabpro/
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LolaRennt,

The Screen Grab doesn't look like it will pull the image at the set scale. It looks as though whatever size (not necessarily scale) the image is on the screen is the size it will import the image at. That won't work for me.

I need something that if I am copying a 1/4" scale drawing on a 8.5"x11" PDF, will import the image at the same (actual) scale. Thanks for the info, though.
Old 02-28-05, 09:42 AM
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You're in luck! We just created a forum for these types of questions.
Old 02-28-05, 01:24 PM
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Have you thought about using Acrobat to save JPG's? You can even save PDF's as TIFF"s if you don't want to lose quality.

You should find it under File / Save As

This is with version 6.0 but you should have this option in other versions.

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Originally Posted by milwaukee_mike
LolaRennt,

The Screen Grab doesn't look like it will pull the image at the set scale. It looks as though whatever size (not necessarily scale) the image is on the screen is the size it will import the image at. That won't work for me.

I need something that if I am copying a 1/4" scale drawing on a 8.5"x11" PDF, will import the image at the same (actual) scale. Thanks for the info, though.
Take a look at this page: http://www.cadforum.cz/cadforum_en/qaID.asp?tip=1028

It explains how to simulate a "printer" that will directly make your tiff (or other bitmap format) files.

Does that work for you?
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I don't know if this will work or what you have in mind but....
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=411195
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Thanks for all the help guys. M's suggestion is exactly what I was looking to do. I don't know why I never thought to look into that myself. It is a very easy solution as there is no third party software involved.

Thanks again!

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