How to Convert PDF to DWF With a Free Download

by Paul Elsass
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DWF is a secure file format developed by Autodesk. The file format was created to improve the efficiency, distribution and communication of rich design data for users of print design files. DWF files are highly compressed, smaller and faster to transmit than design files. PDF files are more commonly used and there is a need for many to convert PDF files to the DWF format.

Instructions

Step 1

Navigate to Autodesk, Download 3000 or Free Download Manager (see the links in Resources below). Download and install your selected PDF to DWF Converter.

Step 2

Restart your computer. Go to the "Start" button and choose "Settings," then "Printers." If your installation was successful you'll see a new printer named after the converter you downloaded. This pseudo-printer is part of the conversion program, not a physical device.

Step 3

Navigate to the PDF file that you want to convert to a DWF. Open the PDF document with your normal PDF reader.

Step 4

Choose "File" in the upper left corner of the Adobe reader program and click on "Print...". When the print window appears, under "Printer name" choose the name of the pseudo-printer that was created by the free converter program. The Autodesk printer, for example, is called "Autodesk DWF Writer 2D." Choose "OK" at the bottom of the window.

Name the file and save it to your hard drive, as you aren't physically printing the document, just converting it to DWF.

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About the Author

Paul Elsass started writing in 1986. He has written articles for the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association and multiple medical-fitness centers. Elsass has certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Management from Northern Arizona University.

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