I am using TurboCAD version 10.0.5 on Mac 10.11.6. The Acrobat Pro DC version is 2019.008.20074. Iím a novice at TurboCAD but I love learning and using it. My previous version was from 1999.
I am using TurboCAD to design a graphic that will be laser-cut from a printed cardstock sheet. The workflow involves exporting a PDF of a 2D drawing, and opening it in Photoshop to create the artwork. Later, the CAD drawing will be used to do the cutting of the printed sheet.
I had a hundred 11"X17" (279.40mm X 431.80mm) test sheets printed on an off-set printer and the laser cut did not line up with the graphic. It was off by about a millimeter on the right side.
It seemed like Photoshop imported the image ever-so-slightly undersized and it needs to be scaled in Photoshop 100.10% to be corrected. Further tests revealed that the problem likely occurs as the PDF image is exported from TurboCAD.
As I understand it now, I should "Save as Adobe PDF" as opposed to "Save as a PDF" when exporting from TurboCAD. I have discovered the PDF Distiller preferences, and although I adjusted the Default Page Size it has not affected the image being exported from TurboCAD. Unfortunately the PDF Distiller manual is 180 pages of technical information. It would be wonderful if I had the time to study and digest the entire manual but all I want to do is simply save a PDF with accurate dimensions and move on with my work. Is there a certain box in the preferences that needs to be checked?Here is the most revealing image:
If you look at the screenshot "PDF detail.jpg" you can see that the image area seems to be the correct size (279.40mm X 431.80mm) but the purple border lines - which are 279.40mm and 431.80mm in CAD - are not on the edge of the sheet at the top and at the right, thus making them too short. The graphics have been shrunk but the field size has not.
Does anyone have any insight into what I am doing wrong? I have to complete 80+ projects using this workflow over the next couple of years, so getting it right at this point will save a lot of headaches and guess-work.