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Set Up Automatic DWG to PDF Conversion with Watch Folders

DWG to PDF via Watch Folder

DWG is one of the most commonly used formats in the construction industry. Created in the 1980s as a proprietary extension of AutoCAD — probably the best known software in this business — DWG is perfect for storing design and geometric data, building project and sketches, detailed maps etc. So if you are an architect, engineer, designer or have another profession connected to constructions, you probably use this format a lot.

Though extremely practical for storing detailed representations of building details, DWG files have the downside of being extremely large and offering a relatively limited compatibility with other software. That’s why most professionals in the industry choose to convert DWG vector files to PDF — which offers significantly wider accessibility options — when sending them to clients or partners who don’t have AutoCAD installed, for example.

If you are one of those professionals who need to handle a large number of DWG to PDF conversions on a regular basis, we have some great news for you! reaConverter offers a handy solution that helps avoid repeating the same set of operations over and over again, thus saving time and effort. Using the Watch Folders feature, you can now automate your conversions in no more than 4 easy steps.

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How to Convert PDF to PCL

When preparing one or more PDF documents for print on a device that uses the Printer Command Language, converting to PCL is be the best solution. Compared to PDFs, PCLs files are faster to print and generally offer better accuracy for both fonts and graphics. PCL files are created for a particular printing hardware and shape the image data so as to best fit its requirements. This makes the printing process work quicker and generally be more effective.

Though initially created only for Hewlett-Packard printers, PCLs are now widely supported by many other brands as well, being considered a de facto printing standard, together with PostScript (PS).

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How to Convert PDF to PLT (“plotter”)

Printing detailed maps, building projects or various types of full-colored graphics often works better when done via PLT than PDF files. As opposed to other comparable formats, PLT or “plotter” images are specifically designed for being printed with cutting plotters or other similar plotting devices. PLTs employ the HPGL language and can be created with several kinds of CAD software, such as AutoCAD, or through conversion. In case you have a PDF you intend to print with a plotter, reaConverter helps you handle the conversion quickly and effectively.

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How to Convert to PDF with CMYK Color Space

How to convert PDF in CMYK

Comparing the quality of an image you see on a computer monitor with the one of its printed version might often leave you disappointed, especially if you are using a regular home printing device. Whether it is a PDF, a JPEG or TIFF, the problem persists. The image that looked bright and clear on your backlit screen somehow became faded and darkened once it came out of your printer.

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How to Convert Multipage DWG Files to Multipage PDFs

DWG to PDF Conversion

DWG is a proprietary format of AutoCAD — probably the most popular software for drafting 2D and 3D models in the construction industry. Widely used by engineers, architects, designers and other professionals in this branch, the DWG extension is also compatible with several other computer-aided design programs, including IntelliCAD or Caddie.

Most CAD programs offer users 2 types of drafting environments. One is “model space”, where a draft model is initially sketched according to a defined representation scale, and the other is “paper space”, to which users can switch to when preparing a model for printing. The latter allows you to create several layouts, offering different views of the model. Multipage DWG files can contain both “model” pages and “paper” pages.

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How to Automate PCL to PDF Conversion Using Watch Folders

From folder PLCs to folder PDFs

The PCL (Printer Command Language) format was first used in the 1980s by Hewlett-Packard inkjet printers for creating digital copies of printed documents and developed in time as an industry standard. It now continues to be used by various models of printers, including laser-jets. Files with this extension are somewhat similar with PostScript (PS), though they offer less features and are more difficult to open.

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Converting PDFs Through Command-Prompt

Converting PDF from cmd

If you are a software developer who is trying to design a program that, among others, can deliver PDF conversion, reaConverter Pro is just what you need. Through its advanced feature that allows it to be operated through the command-line interface, reaConverter will easily integrate into the custom solution that meets the needs of your program’s client.

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How to Convert AutoCAD DXF Files into PDFs

AutoCAD is one of the most popular programs used by architects, engineers and other professionals in the design and construction industries for delivering computer-aided design and drafting. In case you are one of its users, you may have come across DXF (Drawing Interchange Format) files — a format introduced in the 1980s for increasing the interoperability of AutoCAD files. DXF files were meant to reproduce DWG files and had subsequent releases in the following years.

In case you found or were sent a DXF file but do not have AutoCAD installed and you don’t know how to open it, conversion to PDF is the best option. It only takes a few clicks with reaConverter.

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How to Convert to PDF/A

PDF/A

PDF/A is an alternative to PDF meant to ensure more safety and durability for the content of your documents. The format includes an ISO standardization which eliminates the risk of modifications that might appear when the document is visualised in the future using different software.

In other words, PDF/A documents can ensure the document will be compatible with future software and will stay exactly the same in the years to come, as far as fonts, images, colours and many other details are concerned.

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How to Convert Documents into PCL Files

HP PCL

The PCL (Printer Command Language) format was initially designed only for Hewlett-Packard inkjet printers in the 1980s, but in time it became a standard applied all over the printing industry. Though similar to PostScript in terms of features, PCL works faster and simpler. It is also less expensive, being an open language used almost universally by laser-jet printers.

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