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How To :: "Create FREE PDF plans using Google SketchUp"

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  1. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    "How to create FREE PDF plans using Google SketchUp"



    Program Download List:
    Google SketchUp -- http://sketchup.google.com/download/
    GIMP -- http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
    PDFsam (Split & Merge) -- http://www.pdfsam.org/?page_id=32
    PosteRazor -- http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/
    Universal Document Converter -- http://www.doc-pdf.com/

    Important notes from Video #1...
    1) Design using Product Design & Woodworking for Google SketchUp





    Important notes from Video #2...
    1) Object thickness should be (6.0 mm) in 3D for Google SketchUp
    2) Press and hold the SHIFT key to lock Protractor/Rotation tool axis
    3) Make sure Parallel Projection is ON before exporting plans
    4) Make sure to Zoom Extend project before exporting plans
    5) Make sure to check if exported image is (1:1) Ratio

    6) Printer Width (8.5") == 203.5 mm == 20.35 cm
    7) Printer Height (11") == 263.5 mm == 26.35 cm






    Important notes from Video #3...
    1) Make sure in PosteRazor, image size == 106%
    2) Make sure PDF printout (cutout pages) == 94%
    3) Make sure Shrink to Printable Area is enabled for PDF printouts
    4) Press the PRINT SCREEN button on keyboard to take screenshots

    5) Make sure to MERGE your PDF files in the correct order
  2. VallieJean

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    scratchbuild, the PDF is for our designs.
  3. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    Thanks Val, will remember that.

    Alright everyone... enjoy the 3-part Video Tutorial on how to make FREE PDF plans! :D
  4. RCFlightcontrol

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    thanks dred this is great
  5. planeflyer94

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    this is great!!!!!!!!!I spent all day trying to figure out and u did it in like 10 secounds,LOL
  6. mandy dog

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    How do you get gimp to download
  7. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    Just click on the link I provided for GIMP:

    GIMP -- http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

    For WINDOWS, you just click this link:
    Download GIMP 2.6.7 – Installer for Windows 2000 and above

    It will redirect you to SourceForge (download site), and it should auto download after about 10 sec.
    If not, there is a link you can press to force the download menu to prompt.
  8. DavePowers

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    Very good info.
  9. RCPrairieFlyyer

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    CutePDF

    These are excellent videos Dredogol. I would like to let you know about CutePDF. I've been using it a number of years and is an excellent replacement for that Doc to PDF application, as CutePDF does not leave a registration watermark.

    Also, I use Ulead Photo Impact as it has a print poster function that automatically splits your pages and puts in cut/tape lines for the printed plans.

    I have been working on an EZ Scratchbuild for a CT-114 Tutor plane that the Canadian Snowbirds fly and hope to have it available soon.

    http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp
  10. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    Great to know you use other programs to get the same results.

    I always wondered about CutePDF... I saw some videos of it, but never bothered to DL it, because I thought it too would have watermarks.
    Now I know... and I'll be using this from now on!

    Thanks! :)
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    There is also http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx. I use to to create PDF's for docs all the time. Basically, it acts like a 'printer'. Just print to it, select location for save, and voila, PDF.
  12. megaman92

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    first off thanks dred! you would not believe how easy you made this!
    but i follow your directions and i still get a boarder/the print outs are smaller on the page. is there any way to fix this?
    i also remember that when i printed out my f-117 i had the same problem.

    Thanks,
    Nick
  13. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    - Thanks, great to know this tutorial helped.

    - Your print out are too small? By how much?
    - Did you make sure in PosteRazor, you made the scale 106% ?

    - Do you mean the RCPowers F-117?

    - When you print out your PDFs, what is the Scaled % value of the print outs? The CUTOUTS page should be 94%
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    Just to be correct, it should be 94,3396226% If your printer-software can take floats. Does make a difference.
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    hey hey! i got it to work! all i had to do was change some settings in the paper and borders and im pretty sure it worked. i will check and double check some dimensions just to be sure.

    thanks again!
    Nick
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    Realy cool tutorial, thank you so much :)
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    Thanks, I really needed this.
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    Thanks for posting this thread. I've been searching for a good way to generate PDF files from Sketchup without all the extra white space when printing direct to PDF from within SU.

    I've come across a few problems in using your method though, and I was hoping for some advice to work around them.

    1. It seems that it's hit and miss on the dimension settings for the PNG file. On one plan it was 4500, on another it was 4100, etc. Is there a good way to determine this to get the correct scaling without a lot of trial and error?

    2. If you turn on anti-aliasing in the PNG export, the lines on the final printed output are pretty fuzzy looking. Some of the lines also look grey instead of black. I know that's what anti-aliasing does to smooth things out and turning off anti-aliasing fixes this, but turning it off also leaves the lines very jagged and leaves some gaps in the lines. Is there a way to clean this up to the printed output looks nice?

    3. In your tutorial you mention setting PosteRazor to 106% and the PDF printout at 94%. Mine doesn't come out that way. I set it to 106%, but when I set Adobe Reader to "Shrink to printable area", it says it's at 97% instead of 94%. I changed PosteRazor to 103% instead to match. I'm wondering if it will come out scaled differently on other people's printers, or if it's always going to come out correctly.

    Thanks,

    Andy
  20. Dredogol

    Dredogol M0DERATOR - (aka "Dred")

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    Unfortunately, the answer is... No.
    Like I said in the video tutorials, these numbers are Trial / Error.
    Yes, it will take a while, but that's the only way around this (for FREE version)
    If you get the paid version, you can export in DWF files, which are 1:1 ratio. If you go THIS route, you should as Scott for more details, because he does it this way.

    I personally use the AA settings, it I don't see many issues.
    Yes, if AA is turned off, the lines are very jagged and ugly.
    Are you asking how to Clean Up the image with or without AA?

    Basically, you need to OFFSET your % values, so it equals 100% in the final scale.
    So yes, if you have 97%, make it 103% in poster razor.
    As a final check... just print off 1-page and check the measurements with your ruler (use metric [cm/mm]).

    HTH
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