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    Printing sheets in order to PDF

    Hi all.

    I've been struggling recently with getting sheets to print, in order, to one multi-sheet PDF, which is what the owner has requested. Since we've got a number of sheets that don't always fall in alphabetical/numerical order, we were always stuck re-combining the sets in Adobe Acrobat Pro, which was a pain, because there are only 3 licenses and about 60 of us. So here's my workaround:

    Instead of printing directly to PDF from Revit, export to dwf. Open up the dwf in Design Review. On the left, drag the thumbnails around so that the sheets are in the right order. If you want to add consultant sheets to the set, ask them to send you their drawings as dwfs as well. Open their dwfs in a separate session of Design Review, and drag the thumbnails from their file to yours. Then you can print the entire set as one big PDF, and everything is in the right order.

    This also has the added benefit of being able to easily markup/comment on the drawings before creating the PDF, in case there's something you need to call attention to.

    Arcturis
    BIM Manager
    Associate Architect

    #2
    Great tip! Thank you. Hope you don´t mind it being moved to the Tips and Tutorials sub-forum :beer:
    Klaus Munkholm
    "Do. Or do not. There is no try."

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      #3
      Don't mind at all. Thanks!

      Arcturis
      BIM Manager
      Associate Architect

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        #4
        From what i can recall, the Batch Print add-in that is part of the Subscription bonus pack, is supposed to let you change the print order. If I'm right, then it shouldn't matter if you plot or convert to PDF. Not sure if it works with .dwf export though.

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          #5
          Have been struggeling with this as well and it is even worse if you have different sizes of sheets.
          The way the OP explains indeed works very well if you have all the same sizes sheets, for me it did not work with different sizes because the dwf take on the size of the bigest drawing.

          What I did is export to dwf while deselecting Combine selected views and sheets into a single dwf file . This way you have a seperate dwf for each sheet. If I now batch print the dwf files from Design Review I get seperate PDF files (which we at the office want). But if you open Design Review and drag all the files to the List View on the left side and print to PDF I get 1 PDF file with all the sheets on their right size.

          The batch print add-in gave me the same problem when printing sheets with different sizes.
          Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
          Revit Ideas: Is this family Mirrored? | Approve warnings | Family Type parameter just those in the family

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            #6
            The batch print does NOT support multiple sizes in any way... Nor does it let you specify the output order in a multiple sheet output (and therefor is completely and utterly useless, unless someone has a nifty trick that Revit itself can't do).
            Martijn de Riet
            Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
            MdR Advies
            Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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              #7
              Another thing for the 2013 wish list. Things like not being able to plot all the sheets in a project at once in an easy manner is something I (have been using ADT for years now) think is very weird.
              Company Website: www.deurloobm.nl
              Revit Ideas: Is this family Mirrored? | Approve warnings | Family Type parameter just those in the family

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                #8
                "Another thing for the 2013 wish list. Things like not being able to plot all the sheets in a project at once in an easy manner is something I (have been using ADT for years now) think is very weird."

                No kidding! How hard would it be to add 'right-click' print options for sets or selections of plans right from the browser, as in the sheet set system of ADT.

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                  #9
                  I agree. It's a pain in the arse to plot out 50 24x36 sheets, then have to put them in the correct order. I don't know anyone who's plot set is totally in alphabetical order. :laugh:
                  Dan

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                    #10
                    We print individual sheets using PDFCreator...then use File renamer to get something like BLDG-AXXX.pdf. Then we use the merge files into one PDF from Acrobat since we need bookmarks in our merged PDF. We do this for 9 Volumes, the two largest volumes are 256 and 304 sheets. Then we do it all over again for DWG's....(renaming of DWG's)

                    Currently I am checking out Xrev Transmit which can setup my sheet naming automatically and can save pdf, dwg and dwf in one job...course this is per model so I would have to do this 7 other times....which is way better than 14+ and lots of renaming.
                    Michael "MP" Patrick (Deceased - R.I.P)

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