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Old 01-11-01, 04:25 PM
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I was wondering what a good CAD program would be (freeware if possible). Unless you know how to modify and print from adobe acrobat.

My wife and I like a house ( THIS ONE to be exact. ) and I would like to be able to recreate this on a larger scale without the wording down the side. Preferably something that can be printed onto an 8 X 11 sheet of paper.

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Old 01-11-01, 04:30 PM
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DAC,

unfortunately, with PDF files, they are pretty much set. PDF's are like printed documents.

That said, I would recommend you print it and scan it back to your computer as a .gif or .jpg.
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Old 01-11-01, 04:33 PM
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I was afraid PDF were set in stone. The problem is I want to enlarge the plan to make it easier to read. Printing and scanning it in will make it small still.

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DAC, I don't know about cheap programs, but AutoCad Lite or Visio would work. A good CAD guy could recreate that drawing in 4-5 hours of work. There are programs out there that will take a scan in and recreate the drawing file in AutoCad.

However, that image is copyrighted, so I can't recommend doing it for that purpose, but a basic home design is free to borrow heavily from.
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There are tools that will let you edit this pdf. There not freeware but maybe someone can help you.....
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You can enlarge the plan in PDF to a pretty large scale. I could even print this out on 36" wide paper.
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You can enlarge the plan in PDF to a pretty large scale. I could even print this out on 36" wide paper.



Yeah, I can enlarge it but when I try to print it it prints at the default size.
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I believe that is a printer set up. On my system, I define the size of the sheet I am printing too and then click on FIT TO PAGE in acrobat.

That may not be possible if your printer does not handle a larger size sheet? I wonder, I have Acrobat Writer. I can also define the target size of the paper in that. I wonder if I printed to a new PDF with a larger size sheet? Then when you printed to a laser, you could have it "tile" the sheets at a larger scale.
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adobe has a program to edit PDFs - i think it's called adobe exhchange.
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Old 01-11-01, 05:02 PM
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I have Acrobat Writer.



If you have the writer you should be able to select the drawing and copy it to a new drawing and edit it. (I think!)
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Old 01-11-01, 05:37 PM
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randyc, if you have acrobat writer could you try what ANDREMIKE suggests and email it to me? I would appreciate it.

Would be great if you could get it to fit on an 8X11 sheet of paper landscaped (long way).

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I've been called a cad. Does that qualify me?
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I've been called a cad. Does that qualify me?



If you can hook me up it sure can!
('cept what does the cad mean when you've been called it?)
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If you can hook me up it sure can!
('cept what does the cad mean when you've been called it?)



cad: An unprincipled, ungentlemanly man; someone who is morally reprehensible; a lowbred, presuming person; a mean, vulgar fellow.

And I don't know anything about those computer etch-a-sketch thingies.
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DAC, I don't think it works. Tried it.

I think you need what Steph mentions, the Adobe Exchange.
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cad: An unprincipled, ungentlemanly man; someone who is morally reprehensible; a lowbred, presuming person; a mean, vulgar fellow.

And I don't know anything about those computer etch-a-sketch thingies.



Hey, I never heard of that, but I too have been called a cad!

I too don't know about those etch-a-sketch thingys either. That's why I posted here.
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Not to sure about freeware availability but I liked Caddsman and Autocad myself.

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Dac,

Using Acrobat, blow it up until it fills the screen then hit Alt+Print Screen to paste the window to the clipboard.

Paste that into any image editing program, crop/select out any unwanted text, resize it to an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and print it out.

Might not be too pretty, but it should work.

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DAC,
How's this...?
right click & "save"

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How's this?



I'm told that it is not available.
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I'm told that it is not available.



You have to copy and paste the link into a new browser window.

Just clicking or selecting open in new window won't work.

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Or you can try that. It just gives me a blank page when I do it.

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Awesome, that worked perfectly. How did you do it?

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Old 01-12-01, 01:58 AM
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How's this...?
right click & "save"

(used CorelDraw 8)



Outstanding, thanks
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RaMMaR, is the following what you did to the original PDF?

  • Open in CorelDraw, which has some support for PDF.
  • Seeing as how the house plan scaled rather well with zoom in the original PDF, I imagine that the plans could be easily converted into a vector drawing, if it wasn't already such.
  • Scale the plan to desired proportions.



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...is the following what you did to the original PDF?

  • Open in CorelDraw, which has some support for PDF.
    yes.
  • Seeing as how the house plan scaled rather well with zoom in the original PDF, I imagine that the plans could be easily converted into a vector drawing, if it wasn't already such.
    it already was. i forgot to check the fonts - CorelDraw automatically found the closest match for the fonts since i didn't have it - which is why the lettering in the title and plan look the way they do.
  • Scale the plan to desired proportions.
    yes, after "grouping" & "rotating" the plan
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