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I've come across, but rarely, a CAD drawing in pdf format that has the ability to turn of individual layers. Does anyone know if Chief can do this? Or is it a specific PDF print driver? 

 

I tried it a few times with an ADOBE printer driver but no go.

 

I thought it might be useful in the field on a 2 in 1 folding Chromebook. My Samsung Chromebook Plus is a life saver and I find new uses for it all the time.

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12 minutes ago, CARMELHILL said:

I've come across, but rarely, a CAD drawing in pdf format that has the ability to turn of individual layers. Does anyone know if Chief can do this? Or is it a specific PDF print driver? 

 

I tried it a few times with an ADOBE printer driver but no go.

 

I thought it might be useful in the field on a 2 in 1 folding Chromebook. My Samsung Chromebook Plus is a life saver and I find new uses for it all the time.

No easy way to do it..I added it to the suggestions forum a couple of weeks ago for the second time.

Easiest method for me is to setup anno/layer sets to have all layers off 'cept the layer you wish to print. Send one sheet to the layout and print to PDF. Then switch anno/layer sets and print to PDF again. The using a PDF software like acrobat pro, You can combine and properly switch off layers(tutorials are on the web)

Here's an example one I did real quick:

Fell Street Electrical Reference.pdf

Note that without inserting buttons(HTML etc) to manage layers, web viewers don't typically allow you to turn them on and off. Making it an added layer of complication

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Thanks Rene,  When you have some time could you provide a link to a good tutorial or give a few more details on how you do it with Chief and Acrobat Pro.  I saw a great one of these a while back and have wondered how it was done for a long time.  The more people that are using this the more attention it will get from the chief.  Good place to also put a link back to your suggestion.

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I think there may be a way to do it.  First export to an autocad file, then from autocad save as a PDF with layers.

 

Then Acrobat will have a layer set that can be turned on or off at least I think so.  I will give this a try tomorrow and let you know how it works out.

 

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It's also worth noting that layer support must be available in the program you are viewing the PDF in. For example, if you are viewing the PDF in a web browser, you will not see any layer controls like you do in Adobe Reader. So, if you are hoping to embed this in a website so that people can view the drawing, they will not have any indication that they can toggle layers on or off.

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10 hours ago, Chopsaw said:

a few more details on how you do it with Chief and

this is with Bluebeam not Acrobat Pro but I'd guess they are similar.

The work is the original PDFs as Rene noted. A slightly simpler method might be to send each set to a layout page and print the whole thing to PDF. Then explode that into pages, then combine as layered PDF. The issue with that is you would  want to rename each file before combining to get layer names correct.

I love it when I get layered PDFs from architects but rarely go through the effort to make them. OTOH.

10 hours ago, CARMELHILL said:

I thought it might be useful in the field on a 2 in 1

Since I started using the HP Spectre I've started to add hyperlinks to a few PDFs using Bluebeam.

I add a link to each page, on the first page, at it's entry in the layout page table, then add a link back to the first page in the bottom corner of each page. Still a bit of work but I've found it handy and saves screen real estate so I don't need the navigation side bar on the little 13" screen.

 

It looks as if BB has added a simpler way to do that in newer versions. When I get some time I'm going to give it a test run to see if I want to upgrade one of my seats. I sent one done this way off to a contractor that I know uses an iPad and he liked it. I began offering it with drafting services so it may be something worth the upgrade. Example attached (first one I could find- currently have this stuff in a bit of disarray ;0

L_Sample.pdf

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OK it works, and here is how to do it.

 

1)  Export from CA to a DWG file.  I used a 2017 version dwg file including all the layers that you need.

2) Open the drawing in AutoCad.

3) Export the file to a PDF file with layers 

 

Attached is the file in PDF with switchable visibility layers along with the original CA file, and the exported AutoCad file

MAYNARD_TUTTLE_.dwg

MAYNARD_TUTTLE_.pdf

MAYNARD_TUTTLE_.plan

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On 4/18/2018 at 5:15 PM, Doug_N said:

OK it works, and here is how to do it.

 

Thanks Doug, 

 

For those of you who may have been interested in this but do not have a copy of AutoCad, it all appears to function as Doug describes above using the free version of Autodesk DWG TrueView.  https://www.autodesk.com/products/dwg/viewers

 

I will be doing some more experimenting with this in the near future.  Seems promising.

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