How to Convert AutoCAD DWG to PDF

Software programs designed for engineering products documentation are powerful, bulky, resource-intensive and expensive. These factors make exchange of drawings saved in specific file formats very inconvenient.

To make sure that your client or partner will be able to open the drawing received by email, convert it to PDF before sending it over. There will be no necessity for the recipient to install any extra programs. Any document saved as a PDF file can be opened on any computer!

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How to Convert Autodesk AutoCAD Drawing to PDF

  1. Open the drawing in Autodesk AutoCAD and click Plot
  2. Select Universal Document Converter from the list of plotters
  3. Change What to plot option to Extents
  4. Check options Center the plot and Fit to paper like shown on the screenshot below
  5. Press OK to start converting AutoCAD to PDF

AutoCAD plot window

AutoCAD DWG to PDF – Detailed Video Tutorial

Please follow this video to get full access to Universal Document Converter settings:

Combine Several Drawings Into a Single PDF

  1. Open the drawing and click Plot
  2. Select Universal Document Converter from the list of plotters and click Properties
  3. Select Custom Properties on the Device and Document Settings tab and click Custom Properties button in the Access Custom Dialog area
  4. On the Universal Document Converter settings panel change the size of the page according to your preferences
  5. Change the destination file format to PDF Document
  6. Select Append all documents to the existing file feature like shown on the screenshot below

After this all the drawings you print will be appended to the PDF file you selected in the Output location area.

Append all documents to existing pdf feature of UDC

Convert AutoCAD DWG Into a Password Protected PDF

A password protected PDF will guarantee that only authorized users will be able to open the information contained in the drawing, thus keeping it confidential.

  1. Open the drawing and click Plot
  2. Select Universal Document Converter from the list of plotters and click Properties
  3. Select Custom Properties on the Device and Document Settings tab and click Custom Properties button in the Access Custom Dialog area
  4. On the Universal Document Converter settings panel change the size of the page according to your preferences
  5. Change the destination file format to PDF Document
  6. Select Password Protected standard of PDF and enter a password

Now the Universal Document Converter is ready to convert your drawing into a password protected PDF file.

PDF password protection feature in Universal Document Converter settings

Put Watermark on the Drawing to Protect your Copyright

Watermarking your drawings is one of the ways to copyright your project and protect it from illegal use.

  1. Open the drawing and click Plot
  2. Select Universal Document Converter from the list of plotters and click Properties
  3. Select Custom Properties on the Device and Document Settings tab and click Custom Properties button in the Access Custom Dialog area
  4. On the Universal Document Converter settings panel go to the Watermark area. Select the type of the watermark you wish to use.

Universal Document Converter settings for text watermark

Convert AutoCAD DWG to PDF in Batch Mode

To convert several drawings saved as AutoCAD DWG files into the PDF format, i.e. to provide opportunities for batch converting AutoCAD DWG to PDF, use Print Conductor software.

  1. Add drawings you would like to convert to the list of files to be converted
  2. Select Universal Document Converter printer
  3. Click Change Settings to set the destination folder and PDF as an output file format
  4. Click Start to begin converting drawings and charts to PDF.

Drawings in Print Conductor

AutoCAD to PDF Code Examples for Developers

Understanding that software developers may need to implement some already existing features of the Universal Document Converter, we offer several resources that will help developers concentrate on their own projects: a public API, code examples and automatic deployment ability.

Here are some examples on how to convert AutoCAD drawings to PDF in different programming languages.

Use the “conversion kernel” of the Universal Document Converter and broaden the spectrum of the conversion resources adding your own developments to the existing practices.

Related conversion tutorials:

Drawing to PDF

Jesse Tokar

Jesse Tokar

CFO of FBC Mortgage Inc.

«It is extremely easy to install and configure and I just love that it functions like a PDF-print function. I was looking for something like this for a long time and no other product could even come close in ease of use and functionality.»





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