File Transfer - Making your files 'print ready'
Why worry about print readiness?
At any given time there are no less than 4 different versions of AutoCad
being used by our customers. Obviously, we can't purchase multiple
copies of each version. So we encourage all our customers to make their
files 'print ready'. That means making their files into a format that
looks the same on anyone's computer.
We will certainly accept files that are not print ready, but the output
will be less than perfect (and for DWG or DXF files there is a higher
print cost). A CAD file or Word document, that looks perfect on your
screen, may look much different when we print it out. This is due to
non-identical fonts, generic lineweights, differing page layouts,
missing xrefs, and many other factors.
There's no reason to spend the time getting that CAD file 'just right'
if it's going to look completely different when it's plotting anyway.
Making a file print ready will ensure the file we plot looks like the
drawing or document you worked so hard to create. The most common print
ready format is an Acrobat PDF. The PDF will 'embed' all your fonts,
lineweights, etc. There are other formats too, like PLT, CALS, and LDF.
For a complete listing of all the accepted formats,
Also, and perhaps most importantly, making print ready files can save
you significant money. Starting on January 15th 2006, we will be
charging more for DWG or DXF files.
Download our 2006 pricelist for the
complete price structure.