Defect When Plotting DWG to PDF in some verticals

August 25, 2020 Ryan Wunderlich

Issue:

When using the built-in PDF drivers in AutoCAD Verticals the text is choppy, and the PDF's import as Hatch, not text. Also, this defect can be present in other PDF drivers.
Text in DWG (Arial Font):

Acad-bad


PDF created in AutoCAD (or LT):
Acad-bad

PDF created in a vertical (Map 3D 2020 in this example), notice the lack of smoothness on the numbers:
Acad-bad
 
When the AutoCAD PDF is imported into AutoCAD (or Verticals) the PDF generated from AutoCAD (or LT) recognizes the text and makes it true AutoCAD text, then the Vertical PDF is imported, it's hatches and no longer text.
 
Note:  Most PDF editor programs will detect the text and allow you to copy/paste it, however it will not import into AutoCAD as text.
 
Causes:
This is a defect in the drivers with some AutoCAD based Verticals (like Architecture, Map 3D, Civil 3D), AutoCAD Mechanical doesn't exhibit the behavior
Currently Logged as defect M3D-2004, no ETA on when this may be fixed.
 
Solution:
Currently, use AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT or DWG True View to create the PDF's, if you need the ability to re-import the PDF's later

About the Author

Ryan Wunderlich

Sr. Technical Support Specialist<br><br>An AutoCAD Certified Professional, Ryan is responsible for taking client cases and assisting with issues with the software - everything from regular glitches to software deployments and whatever else goes wrong. He's proficient in AutoCAD (including customization), VBA, LISP, and Civil 3D.

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