How to Create PDF Files From Autodesk Design

By Tammy Clevenger

Convert Autodesk Design Review Files to PDF
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Autodesk Design Review is a free application that enables users to share, review, revise or mark up Autodesk two-dimensional and three-dimensional design files (DWF files). Autodesk Design Review allows users to view and publish Autodesk Design (DWF) files, and to combine project components and save them into one file. Reviewers may add layers to the DWF file that include comments, changes and markups, using the Autodesk Design Review application. Autodesk Design Review will print DWF files to the PDF format if the Adobe Acrobat PDF (or similar) print driver is installed. However, a bug in the Autodesk Design Review application requires that the user download and install a hotfix to correct PDF printing issues.

Step 1

Download and install the Autodesk Design Review application from the download site (See Resources).

Step 2

Download and save the Autodesk Design Hotfix from the designated download location (See Resources). Right-click the downloaded zip file and select "Extract to Here" from the context menu. The hotfix installation file will extract to the hard drive. Double-click on the executable (EXE) file to install the hotfix. Click "Finish" when the installation is complete.

Step 3

Open the "Autodesk Design" application.

Step 4

Click the "File" link, and then select "Open."

Step 5

Navigate to the file to convert to PDF and click on the file. Click the "Open" button to open the file in Autodesk Design.

Step 6

Click "File" from the top bar and select "Print." The Print dialog box will launch.

Step 7

Click the drop-down box labeled "Printer Name" and select "Adobe PDF" from the Printer list.

Step 8

Click "OK." A "File Save" window will launch.

Step 9

Type a name for the PDF into the "File Name" text input box and leave the PDF file type selected in the "File Type" field.

Step 10

Click the button labeled "Print." The PDF file will be created and saved to the hard drive. The PDF file will open in Adobe Acrobat (or other installed PDF creation utility). View and verify the PDF.