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Add PDFs to Your Sheet Set
Tip# 4034 By Brian Benton On 10-Dec-2012
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Categories : Sheet Sets
Software type : AutoCAD 2013
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Although the Sheet Set Manager is designed to handle only DWGs, you can reference PDFs as well.

Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton shares a tip on how to get PDF files to show up in your AutoCAD sheet set.

"AutoCAD has sheet sets, which help you organize your drawing set files and provide a managing tool for those files. Because it’s AutoCAD-based, it can handle only AutoCAD (DWG) files. Sometimes, though, I get third-party drawings for my set in the form of PDFs, not DWGs. That’s a problem when I want to print the entire set of drawings. Sheet Set Manager prints things in a very easy way; basically, you just press the Print button. But if I have extra PDF files that go with my set, I have to take an extra step to print them. Or, if I’m on vacation and the set needs printing, will other users know to print the PDF files, too?

"Here’s how I get around that problem: I create a blank DWG file and reference the PDFs into as many paper space tabs as I need to. I then add those sheets to my sheet set. The Sheet Set Manager and AutoCAD think they are handling a DWG file, which they are, and will print them with no issue. Also, if I e-transmit the set, the PDFs go with them, too."


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Comment by nemirovsky,len
Posted on 2012-12-10 14:12:58
This is great tip, very good idea - that way you can add any document that can be attached to DWG file WOW, THANKS Brian
Comment by Korem,Danny
Posted on 2012-12-13 10:12:33
Hi Brian This is a great Workaround and I use it myself. The Sheet Set seems to be the only way to deal With an Entire Project, Since it only deals wit Layouts the way You pointed is Ideal to deliver the goods. You may however use the Hyperlink option to route or point to other documents from within a Special Cover page in the Sheet Set. These days I'm Busy with Mastering the Table of Contents (Sheet List). This Creates Automagically the Table of Contents with built-in Hyperlinks. Under the Locked & Linked List I Intend to Add The Hyperlinked Documents so I can Deliver all together.
Comment by nemirovsky,len
Posted on 2012-12-13 13:15:54
YES SheetSets are very powerful. Our company uses SheetSet almoust to the fullest, including Index sheets, I woud like to know more about using Hyperlinks :)