The CAD2PDF Translator plots native AutoCAD® (DWG) and MicroStation® (DGN) files to fully functional PDF files that can be readily consumed by the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader or Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0. These PDFs retain vector resolution and convert text in CAD files to text-searchable PDFs. In addition, Layton Graphics offers services for creating automatically generated bookmarks and hyperlinks that allow customers to easily navigate through large engineering projects. The in-house technical and engineering services that Layton Graphics provides its enterprise customers greatly facilitates the creation of a CAD to PDF based workflow solution.
The CAD2PDF Translator is server based software that can batch convert thousands or millions of CAD drawings to PDF. The CAD2PDF server sits on the customer network and manages both file conversion and updating of searchable indexes. The CAD2PDF server accesses custom font libraries and any other custom CAD library, resulting in an accurate plot from CAD to PDF. Layton Graphics hopes to convince large organizations that storing and distributing their heterogeneous engineering data in PDF is a much more efficient model than converting CAD to CALS, TIFF or other raster-based file formats.
PDF files can be distributed and viewed for free using Adobe® Acrobat® Reader. Or you can use the full version of Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0 to view, redline, review, mark-up, and digitally sign PDF files. LGI can also write custom plug-ins to the full version of Adobe Acrobat that allows customers to take full advantage of the power of PDF.