Email part of my drawing as a PDF

Topic

How do I send part of my PowerCADD drawing as a PDF? file attached to an email message?

Requirements

PowerCADD v6 or v7 and Mac OS? X Panther or Tiger
PowerCADD v7 and Mac OS X Tiger recommended



Background

With PDF Services integrated with Apple's Mac OS X and PowerCADD's Print command (and related options) sending all or part of your drawing as a PDF email attachment is a quick and easy task. To take advantage of the steps noted here you need to have Apple's PDF Services enabled and a PDF Workflow file designed to email files -- please visit this caddpower article for details on how to setup PDF Services in Mac OS X and for a free Email PDF Workflow file that does the job.

What to do:

In this example we're going to review the steps to email part of a drawing that is automatically scaled to fit an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. Typically drawings are larger than 8.5x11 and sending just a portion of the information is all that's need for coordination in our example.

To Email part of your drawing as a PDF attachment, do this:

  1. Open the PowerCADD drawing
  2. Choose Layout menu > Drawing Setup > Size tab
  3. Click Page Setup and specify an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and press Ok
  4. In the Layout menu > Drawing Setup > Size tab click and drag to select enough 8.5x11 sheets of paper to cover your drawing and press Ok
  5. draw a rectangle in the drawing that contains the frames or enclosed the content you'd like to email
  6. With the rectangle selected, choose File? menu > Print...
  7. Choose PowerCADD from the pop-up menu and choose Selection and Fit to Page
  8. Click on the PDF button in the bottom left of the dialog and choose Email PDF from the list
  9. A new email message is created in Mail.app and your selected area is included in the body of the email message as a PDF file

  10. Address and send your email message as usual

Now, that may seem like a lot of steps -- but only because we were describing every stage of the process. In reality it's very quick and takes only a few moments to complete the process. The bottom line is you need to only choose one menu command (Print...) to get the job done. The reason we performed the extra page setup steps was to have the image fit on an 8.5x11 page.

quicktime watch this demo movie (43MB - 8 minute tutorial) to see the above process in action and learn more.

We hope that helps
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Printing the portion to scale

it is possible to print the portion we want to scale

simply do NOT check the FIT TO PAGE box --- then the original drawing scale is retained

If you want to print a portion of the drawing to a specific page size (e.g. 8.5x11) then I recommend making a new layer with the layer scale set to 1:1. Then, where I described drawing a rectangle above (and show that in the video), you will simply draw the rectangle to slightly LESS than 8,5x11. Remember, as shown in the video an 8.5x11 sheet of paper can't actually be printed edge to edge due to physical limits of most printers. After that the process is the same

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