As the near ubiquitous electronic plotting format, chances are more than one client has asked you for a PDF version of your drawing. Although more robust PDF tools certainly exist, the DWG to PDF.pc3 driver that’s included with AutoCAD is more than sufficient for many users. By default, the out-of-the-box PDF driver includes the layer information from your drawing. When the resulting PDF is opened in an application like Adobe Reader, users see a list of layers as shown below, which also allows the viewer of your PDF to turn layers on or off.
Although the default PDF driver includes this information, creating a custom PC3 file provides the ability to disable this feature if you prefer. Here’s how:
- Choose Manage Plotters from the Application Menu. This will open the Plotters directory on your computer.
- Click the Add-A-Plotter Wizard shortcut within the Plotter directory. The Add Plotter dialog opens.
- Click Next from the Add Plotter – Instruction Page to begin the wizard.
- The Begin page of the wizard allows you to designate where to install the new plotter from. The default PDF driver included with AutoCAD is available by selecting My Computer. Click Next to continue to the Plotter Model page.
- From the Plotter Model page of the wizard select Autodesk ePlot (PDF) as the Manufacturer, and DWF to PDF as the Model.
- Click Next three times to advance to the Plotter Name page. From this page, enter a name for your plotter. In the example below I’ve used the name DWG to PDF no Layers.
- Click Next to advance to the Finish page. From the Finish page, click the Edit Plotter Configuration button. The Plotter Configuration Editor dialog opens.
- Navigate to the Custom Properties node within the Plotter Configuration editor, and then select the Custom Properties button. The DWG to PDF Properties dialog opens.
- Uncheck the Include Layer Information checkbox under the Additional Output Setting group. Click OK to save your changes. The DWG to PDF Properties dialog is dismissed, and the Plotter Configuration dialog displays.
- Click OK to dismiss the Plotter Configuration dialog, and then click the Finish button within the Add Plotter dialog.
At this point you have created a new PC3 configuration that will allow you to generate PDF’s from AutoCAD without layer information. To use this plotter, simply open the PLOT command, and select your newly created from the list of Printers/Plotters.
You readers that use the ‘Export’ command to create PDF’s might also find this post useful on Shaan Hurley’s blog.
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