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Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

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Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

I'm reconfiguring our practice of saving a drawing as a pdf.  I've set up a pentable which seems to be working ok.  I'd like to be able to see what the lineweight settings are for the pens when not using a pentable.  Is there a location or option for this in Creo 2.0?  I see that the config options for the pens (ex: pen1_line_weight) refers to an electrostatic plotter, which I take to be our ink plotter.  The only options I see and am using that refer to pdfs are pen_table_file and pdf_use_pentable.

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Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?


@BriGuy wrote:

Is the idea of this to create a .plt file? If so, we have printer options which can create a .plt file.  I can also create a .ps file.  Either way, neither type of files give me any information regarding PW commands.


Hi,

yes when I create plt file, I can read line widths in it.

How to ...

1.] open drawing

drawing.png

2.] File > Print

print1.png

print2.png

print3.png

3.] open plot file in Notepad++

original file

%0BBPINCR;NP;WU0;SP1;LA1,1,2,5;IP-680,-199,11200,8200SC;PA;LT;LT;PW0.508
PC1,0,0,0;LT;UL6,60.0,40.0LT6,1.8,1;PW0.254PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4200PDPA
5320,4200LT;PW0.127PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4600PDPA5320,4600PW0.508PC1,0,0,0;PUPA
3320,3800PDPA5320,3800RO;IW;SP0;PG;

modified file

 

%0BBPINCR;NP;WU0;SP1;LA1,1,2,5;IP-680,-199,11200,8200SC;PA;LT;LT;PW0.508
PC1,0,0,0;LT;UL6,60.0,40.0LT6,1.8,1;

PW0.254PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4200PDPA5320,4200LT; ... hidden color ... 0.254 mm

PW0.127PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4600PDPA5320,4600 ... letter color ... 0.127 mm

PW0.508PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,3800PDPA5320,3800 ... geometry color ... 0.508 mm

RO;IW;SP0;PG;

 

 


Martin Hanák
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Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

Hi,

pen_table_file and pdf_use_pentable are the only options I know.

See also http://support.ptc.com/help/creo/creo_pma/usascii/#page/data_exchange%2Finterface%2FDefault_Pro_ENGI..., you can find there names of colors you can use in pentable file.

See http://support.ptc.com/help/creo/creo_pma/usascii/index.html#page/fundamentals/fundamentals/fund_two...


Martin Hanák

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

Thanks Martin.  Yeah, I've looked at those already.  Just can't find what Creo has for a default value for the pens when not using a pen table.

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?


@BriGuy wrote:

Thanks Martin.  Yeah, I've looked at those already.  Just can't find what Creo has for a default value for the pens when not using a pen table.


Hi,

if you are interested in finding default pen widths then I suggest you following procedure:

  • set DESIGNJET plotter as output device
  • export drawing into plot file
  • open plot file in Notepad
  • look for PW commands (eg. PW.025 means 0.25 mm width)

 


Martin Hanák

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

Probably not super precise, but measuring a PDF containing lines of each pen type shows three line widths in use:

  • 0.125 mm (.005 in)
  • 0.375 mm (.015 in)
  • 0.500 mm (.020 in)

See attached PDF.

Note:

  • This PDF was created with Creo Parametric 6.0
  • Even though the PDF refers to 8 pens, the config option 'use_8_plotter_pens' was set to 'no' when this PDF was created.

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

A couple of questions.  How did you create this pdf?? Also, do you have a pen table assigned or is pdf_use_pentable set to No.

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Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

Is the idea of this to create a .plt file? If so, we have printer options which can create a .plt file.  I can also create a .ps file.  Either way, neither type of files give me any information regarding PW commands.

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

I have a format built with all this stuff on it for testing pen table settings.  When generating this PDF no pen table was used or present and 'pdf_use_pentable' was set to 'no'.

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?


@BriGuy wrote:

Is the idea of this to create a .plt file? If so, we have printer options which can create a .plt file.  I can also create a .ps file.  Either way, neither type of files give me any information regarding PW commands.


Hi,

yes when I create plt file, I can read line widths in it.

How to ...

1.] open drawing

drawing.png

2.] File > Print

print1.png

print2.png

print3.png

3.] open plot file in Notepad++

original file

%0BBPINCR;NP;WU0;SP1;LA1,1,2,5;IP-680,-199,11200,8200SC;PA;LT;LT;PW0.508
PC1,0,0,0;LT;UL6,60.0,40.0LT6,1.8,1;PW0.254PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4200PDPA
5320,4200LT;PW0.127PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4600PDPA5320,4600PW0.508PC1,0,0,0;PUPA
3320,3800PDPA5320,3800RO;IW;SP0;PG;

modified file

 

%0BBPINCR;NP;WU0;SP1;LA1,1,2,5;IP-680,-199,11200,8200SC;PA;LT;LT;PW0.508
PC1,0,0,0;LT;UL6,60.0,40.0LT6,1.8,1;

PW0.254PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4200PDPA5320,4200LT; ... hidden color ... 0.254 mm

PW0.127PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,4600PDPA5320,4600 ... letter color ... 0.127 mm

PW0.508PC1,0,0,0;PUPA3320,3800PDPA5320,3800 ... geometry color ... 0.508 mm

RO;IW;SP0;PG;

 

 


Martin Hanák

Re: Where/what is the default pen lneweight settings when saving to a pdf without using a pentable?

Thanks Martin.  This got it to work for me.