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Alibre 2019 update, printing to PDF (large file sizes & text not selectable)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kevin.z, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. kevin.z

    kevin.z New Member

    Hi all,

    Has anyone else noticed the change to the drawing environment since the recent 2019 update how all the drawing that are printed to PDF are very large in file size? Also, the text in the pdf is no longer selectable by highlighting.

    As a comparison, on average they use to be <1mb, and now is around several mB each.

    It seems like the drawing/drafting environment has changed and hence the PDFs, it's much slower.
    It also takes significantly longer to view PDFs, which is very inconvenient when the PDF contains a complicated assembly. It was never like this beforehand.
    MichaeeeL and albie0803 like this.
  2. albie0803

    albie0803 Alibre Super User

    Yes, this needs fixing and fast! :mad:
    MichaeeeL likes this.
  3. PPi

    PPi Member

    There's something funky going on. First, I love the fact that also 2D side is getting updates. It just isn't there quite yet. First I thought I can finally extract proper vector images for instruction manuals etc from pdf, but in addition to not completely transparent backgrounds (you will get these white blocks which will be visible unless background is completely white), the bitmap shading is done several times which of course is neither needed nor necessary but only increases file size. I have a demonstration attached here.

    Also, the text isn't text but some generated paths that end up to form the character. Therefore it isn't recognized by search or whatsoever. NOTE: You need to open the image in full resolution to see the paths that are illustrated with faint grey lines.

    So far I like the idea of what we'll be getting from the latest update, but it isn't ready just yet.
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  4. simonb65

    simonb65 Alibre Super User

    It also make the text shape less precise (and in some cases just plain awful), file sizes much bigger and drawing/rendering much slower! Not sure why text is handled in this way, it just seems totally counter-intuitive from a graphics rendering point-of-view.
    albie0803 likes this.
  5. PPi

    PPi Member

    Another note that I just want to document here. If you use "Publish to PDF", interestingly only vertical or horizontal dimension lines are vectors. Diagonal lines and arrowheads are both raster images, with very coarse but mostly adequate resolution. However, if I print the image to any PDF printer, now diagonal lines appear to be vectors, but arrowheads have bitmap infill while still having vector outlines. Again, that may work for most, but scaling that PDF or using this as a source for any manual or another document where scaling may happen, this will look plain ugly.

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