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PDF layers

fuzzytnth3
Booster
It would be useful if ArchiCAD had the same capability as AutoCAD to create PDF files that have layers
AC versions 3.41 to 25 (UKI Full 5005).
Using AC25 5005 UKI FULL
Mac OSX 10.15.7 (19G2021) Mac Pro-2013 32gbRam AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB graphics
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Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
Layers in PDF is something I hadn't heard of before. Is there a link to a PDF file that you can post (or post a small file) for me (us) to see?

Thanks,
Karl
One of the forum moderators   •   AC 26 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.2, iMac Pro 10-Core, Radeon Pro Vega 64

Djordje
Mentor
Karl wrote:
Layers in PDF is something I hadn't heard of before. Is there a link to a PDF file that you can post (or post a small file) for me (us) to see?
It was extensively covered (and still is) in UpFront eZine by Ralph Grabowski: http://www.upfrontezine.com/welcome.htm

Lots of general CAD info can be found there.

HTH,
Djordje



ArchiCAD since 4.55 ... 1995
HP Omen

fuzzytnth3
Booster
Karl wrote:
Layers in PDF is something I hadn't heard of before. Is there a link to a PDF file that you can post (or post a small file) for me (us) to see?

Thanks,
Karl
It was introduced with Acrobat 6 Professional checkout this for more info from Adobe...
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/adobepdf.html

Enjoy!
AC versions 3.41 to 25 (UKI Full 5005).
Using AC25 5005 UKI FULL
Mac OSX 10.15.7 (19G2021) Mac Pro-2013 32gbRam AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB graphics

Karl Ottenstein
Moderator
Thanks for the links, guys. Interesting. I can see the use (just in terms of file size reduction) of having redlining be a layer that can be turned on and off for example....
One of the forum moderators   •   AC 26 USA and earlier   •   macOS Ventura 13.2, iMac Pro 10-Core, Radeon Pro Vega 64

rm
Advocate
How about being able to import PDF files into PlotMaker. I know Graphisoft has heard from the US resellers on this.....yet still no implementation, at least not in the latest PlotMaker.
Robert Mariani
MARIANI design studio, PLLC
Architecture / Architectural Photography
www.robertmariani.com

Mac OSX 13.1
AC 24 / 25 / 26

Gyuri Nyitrai
Graphisoft
Graphisoft
Added to ArchiCAD Wishlist:
"Ability to create PDF files that have layers"

Miquel Garcia
Participant
Please remember Mac users: I thing that the 'Save as PDF...' function of the print dialog of OSX does not allow layers.
Miquel
Capella & Garcia Arquitectura
AC18 - AC21, iMac 27" 3.1 Ghz Intel Core i7, 16GB Ram, OSX 10.13.1

Geoff Briggs
Advocate
Miquel wrote:
Please remember Mac users...
Indeed. Mac users are already shortchanged by not having the option to export PDFs that build in navigation links. This is a more useful feature than layers. I mean isn't one of the points of PDF that the work is now published, distilled, not editable?
Regards,
Geoff Briggs
DeForest Architects
Seattle, USA
AC25 INT, Mac (home), Win10 (work)
Yes, you read that correctly, we are in the US but use the INT version, because the libraries are better.

fuzzytnth3
Booster
Geoff wrote:
Miquel wrote:
Please remember Mac users...
Indeed. Mac users are already shortchanged by not having the option to export PDFs that build in navigation links. This is a more useful feature than layers. I mean isn't one of the points of PDF that the work is now published, distilled, not editable?
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you talking about links within the PDF file, in the case of a multi-page PDF? Or do you mean URL links?

Or am I completely missing a difference between ArchiCAD on a PC and AC on a Mac? Can you put URL links in an ArchiCAD drawing on the PC?

I agree with what you say about PDFs not being editable but I could see situations where the receipient wants to reduce the amount of data displayed to only those elements he is interested in.
AC versions 3.41 to 25 (UKI Full 5005).
Using AC25 5005 UKI FULL
Mac OSX 10.15.7 (19G2021) Mac Pro-2013 32gbRam AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB graphics

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