Frequently asked questions and answers and some tips for efficient using of PAC4SWX

FAQ 1: Is it possible to scan directories and subdirectories  to look to for *.slddrw files to convert?

PAC4SWX doesn't offer this function, but there is a "trick" to do this: PAC4SWX accepts filelist which are drag-dropped to the filelist area of PAC4SWX. So follow these steps:

  1. Open your windows explorer and find the directory, where you want to start
  2. Right click this folder and choose Search ... from the menu
  3. In the search dialog enter .slddrw in the textbox "Search for files and folders"
  4. Hit "search now" and you will get a complete list with all drawings from this folder and every subfolder
  5. Now hit CTRL-A to select all entries
  6. Drag-drop all selected items to the filelist area of PAC4SWX

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FAQ 2: I get an error when opening a PDF generated with PAC4SWX!

It may happen that you can't open a PDF file in Acrobat Reader, which is exported using PAC4SWX; if you save teh document yourself in SolidWorks everything looks good. If this happens you get a warning in Acrobat Reader:

There is a limitation if you start SolidWorks from an external EXE program, then no Add-Ins is loaded, even if they are checked in Tools/Add-Ins.

If you try to save a PDF without the "Save As PDF" add-in being  loaded (which is only possible with API, you can't do this manually) then SolidWorks will save the original SolidWorks document but give it the extension .PDF (you may check this, if you rename your "PDF" to slddrw you will be able to open it in SOlidWorks again).

But the workaround is easy: please start SolidWorks before you launch the PAC4SWX job to convert your drawings to PDF, this should do the trick, for the "Save as PDF" add-in is loaded.

fixed the SolidWorks bug with PAC4SWX 1.9.0 and higher: PAC4SWX always tries to automatically load the Bluebeam PDF addin

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Any questions and hints? Mail to Stefan Berlitz. Last change  Freitag, 10. Juni 2011 08:52