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Caddymaster
11.11.2012, 14:46
I am a beginner in editing and printing of dwg files. I have received many dwg ( probably autocad 2004/2007 based) and there are many layers in colour and origibnal drawing sizes up to A0. I simply like to edit such that all colours will change to black and I can print all different formats (A0 to A4) on an ordinary A3 printer.
Questions:
What program is best to buy or download?
Can I work with Autocad 2013 I took from the web? or with a viewer such as Bentley? How do I chnage to B&W single colour?
Many thanks for kind guidance.

heinsite
11.11.2012, 23:23
Everything you want to do can be done from within AutoCAD... but if you're a total beginner you may not have time to learn everything you need within the 30-day free use period.You will be able to print to b&w by loading your dwg files into the free versions of Autodesk Design Review or Autodesk Trueview.  (Note that loading into Design Review requires an installed version of Trueview.)  Once you have these working you may be able to print to other formats such as PDF including black & white (monochrome) format.Using the free versions will also give you the time you need to learn without time pressure.  You can find links to both Design Review and Trueview -Here-Dave.


Caddymaster
19.11.2012, 11:43
Dear Dave,
Much appreciated your kind guidance. I actually have installed Autocad 2013 and Autodesk Design Review 2012.
None of these allow to "monochromise" all the 14 coloured different layer in each drawing with one order. I have to change each and every layer to B&W etc. This acn not be my work, I will still be doing this by X-mas. There must be some better way. In the old days there was a SW named Volo View where one could chose to print monochrome and all was fine.
Thanks again
Caddymaster

John Connor
19.11.2012, 11:46
If all you want to do is print in monochrome from AutoCAD use the monochrome.ctb or monochrome.stb plot style.


heinsite
19.11.2012, 18:59
John's solution is by far the most efficient, but as I said earlier if you're not well versed in AutoCAD it may be a lot to expect for you to find the plot style settings.   This is why I originally suggested printing/plotting to either DWF for Design Review or better, PDF.  You can plot any PDF in black and white regardless of what the original is.  Simply go to the Paper/Quality tab of the PDF Document Properties within the print dialog and select Black & White there.
 
It's a work-around for sure, but a fairly quick one for you but one that will work once you have a PDF copy of your plot(s).
 
Dave.
 

ivaylo2009
22.11.2012, 12:30


[QUOTE=Caddymaster]I am a beginner in editing and printing of dwg files. I have received many dwg ( probably autocad 2004/2007 based) and there are many layers in colour and origibnal drawing sizes up to A0. I simply like to edit such that all colours will change to black and I can print all different formats (A0 to A4) on an ordinary A3 printer.
Questions:
What program is best to buy or download?
Can I work with Autocad 2013 I took from the web? or with a viewer such as Bentley? How do I chnage to B&W single colour?
Many thanks for kind guidance.
[/QUOTE]Hello I propose to you usage of AutoCAD to plot your drawings.You should learn about some commands that make your plotting so easy and do not forget that the correct scale of printing the drawing is important too.About the command take a look here.You'll also find how to make your scale correct:How To Plot In AutoCAD
ivaylo20092012-11-22 12:31:55

John Connor
26.11.2012, 12:11
The "How to Plot In AutoCAD" link is practically worthless.


heinsite
26.11.2012, 19:21

The value of those sites goes mostly to the author for the advertisements.  The "information" on the page itself is pretty lame.  Frustrating would be another word.Dave.


heinsite2012-11-26 19:22:29