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Automatically open after Print as PDF

The built-in driver does not seem to have this option, and I don't see a variable that holds the file name for the last pdf plotted. Is there a way to automatically open a newly created pdf in a pdf viewer?



  • I don't have v20, but when I use the built-in "Print as PDF" printer driver in my v17, that option seems to be handled in this way:
    - If I use the Print command and don't ask to see a preview, I'm prompted for a filename and location to save the PDF file in. Then the PDF file is created there but is not automatically opened.
    - If I use the Preview command (or use the Print command and ask to see a preview) then the PDF file is immediately created and automatically opened in my default PDF viewer. Then I can choose to exit the PDF viewer, in which case the PDF file is not saved (so it really was just a preview), or else I can use the Save As command in the PDF viewer and furnish the filename and location at that point.

  • Anthony,

    Thanks. I see the same.

    Having the option to automatically open a pdf after printing is common. Both Bluebeam and docuPrinter have this option. I think the built-in function in Autocad does, too. I find it much more convenient to have the drawings open automatically and all in one instance of my pdf program. I sign my drawings either with electronic signatures or using the pen tool and flatten tool, so ultimately the pdf files have to be opened in a real pdf program.

  • Weirdly this option is available using Publish.

    So can't quite understand why it can't also be in Print & Export.

    So if you wanted to Publish instead of Print then you could do it that way.

    Probably not the answer you were looking for I know, but it might be of use :-)

  • @H Martin Shoemaker said:
    ... ultimately the pdf files have to be opened in a real pdf program.

    On my system, Bricscad's Preview command opens the PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is my default PDF viewer.

  • Anthony,

    Thanks. I'm not sure whether I'll stay with Bluebeam's driver or change to Bricscad's. Bluebeam seems to create smaller files but I've had trouble with stability in their latest version.

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