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Print drawing to scale or export to PDF

Postby andrew » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:32 pm

From a QCAD user:
How can I print a drawing (to scale) or convert it to PDF with QCAD?
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Re: Print drawing to scale or export to PDF

Postby andrew » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:41 pm

First, please note that drawings are almost always drawn in real size (1:1) with a CAD system. If this is not the case, please correct your drawing first.

If your drawing has a drawing border or header, scale the border or header instead of scaling your drawing. For example, if your drawing is to be printed with a scale of 1:5 (factor 0.2 or five times smaller than real size), scale your drawing border or drawing header with a factor of 5, i.e. insert it five times larger than you want it to print.

1. Open the DXF/DWG file with QCAD.
2. Edit > Drawing Preferences
3. Check and adjust 'Printing > Page > Paper Size' and 'Scale' (if known):
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3. File > Print Preview
4. If the desired scale of the drawing is NOT known, click the button to adjust the drawing scale to the chosen paper:
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5. Optionally, adjust the scale to the accurate, desired scale (10:1 in this example):
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6. Optionally, adjust the paper position using the tool 'Move Paper Position':
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7. To print in black / white or gray scale, click the appropriate icon in the options tool bar:
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8. Your drawing should be shown on a white paper as shown here. If your drawing is shown on a gray background, please check your paper and scale settings.
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9. To print the drawing, choose 'File > Print'.
10. To export the drawing to PDF, choose 'File > PDF Export'.
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