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Creating PDF files

Added March 9, 2013 | | by Tekla User Assistance BetC_documentation@tekla.com

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Creating PDF files

You can use any standard PDF printer to create PDF files in Tekla Structures, such as pdfFactory, Win2PDF or Adobe Acrobat.

Before you start creating PDF files using Adobe Acrobat, ensure that you have Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Distiller installed and configured with the Adobe Postscript Printer Driver set up to print to file. Consult your Adobe documentation for more information.

Also ensure that you have an Adobe postscript printer instance in the Tekla Structures printer catalog.

To create PDF files:

  1. In the Drawing List, select the drawings of which you want to make PDF files.
  2. Click the Print drawings icon .
  3. In the Print Drawings dialog box, select the PDF printer instances you want to use.

    If you select several printer instances, Tekla Structures sends each drawing to the printer instance that is using the smallest paper size on which the drawing will fit. For example, if you have two printer instances selected, one A4 and one A3, Tekla Structures will send A4 drawings to the A4 printer and A3 to the A3 printer.

  4. If needed, modify the printing settings and add frames and foldmarks in the PDF.
  5. Click Print.

    Tekla Structures creates the PDF files and saves them in the folder that you specified when you defined the printer instance. The file will have the name shown in the Drawing List with the extension ps.


Do not use the Print to file option when you create PDF files.

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