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Re: [f2a] fix for fading lines in CAD-to-PDF via Frame


It is actually still offered and on their site, but they "moved" it out
of the publicly accessible area. You need to create a userid, login, and
then you can find it under Downloads, searching for plug-ins. (As far as
I can tell, Creo does allow anyone to create a userid on their web site!)

        - Dov

At 5/23/2003 12:48 PM, Carol J. Elkins wrote:
>Dov, a year ago you recommended the  Creo Distiller Assistant plugin as a 
>way to fix all PostScript of the form "0 setlinewidth" so that AutoCAD 
>files can be successfully imported and viewed in Frame docs. I need the 
>tool now and cannot find it on Creo's Web site. Do you know the actual 
>product name or, if you believe that Creo no longer offers this product, 
>can you recommend another fix?
>Subject: Re: CAD & pdf
>From: Dov Isaacs <isaacs@adobe.com>
>Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 14:48:38 -0700
>X-Message-Number: 1
>At 6/7/2002 11:05 AM, Kevin Meadows wrote:
> >At our company we frequently import CAD files into our FM docs and then
> >convert them to pdf for distribution. We have noticed a problem, though -
> >whenever we print from pdf, the lines in the CAD drawings are faint. I
> >have tried to troubleshoot this problem by changing how I import the file
> >(as an object and as a file; as a .dwg and and as a .dxf), but all this is
> >to no avail.
> >
> >Any tips?
>The problem is long term problem in AutoCAD in which
>certain lines are stored as "zero width" ... the meaning
>of which is that they are to be rendered as 1 pixel in
>width on whatever device they are rendered on. On a screen
>that might be 1/72 of an inch or so. On a 300 dpi laser printer,
>the result is 1/300 of an inch. On a 1200 dpi laser printer,
>the result is 1/1200 of an inch. On a 5400 dpi imagesetter,
>the result is a barely recognizable 1/5400 inch.
>Unfortunately, via any number of direct and indirect import
>mechanisms (such as direct import of AutoCAD files or via
>import of EPS from same), the "zero width" gets propagated.
>Two workarounds ...
>(1) Import the AutoCAD diagrams into Illustrator and "fix" the
>bum widths. Then export EPS and import that into FrameMaker.
>(2) Create PDF from FrameMaker using the Creo Distiller Assistant
>plugin, available for free from Creo at:
>It "fixes" all PostScript of the form "0 setlinewidth" such that
>you get output that is reasonably viewable and printable on most
>all devices.
>- Dov

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