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Hi everyone

I´ve been looking and reading many information about exporting ArcGis maps to pdf files.
I´ve try to do it, but didn´t get the best results :(

Does anyone know, and successfully tried, to export ArcGis to pdf files, keeping the shape-files selectable and functional as if was in the ArcGis?

Best regards,

Bruno

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I create PDF files nearly every day with great results. What problems are you experiencing? Have you tried the CutePDF printer driver?

http://www.cutepdf.com/



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I create PDF files nearly every day with great results. What problems are you experiencing? Have you tried the CutePDF printer driver?

http://www.cutepdf.com/


The problems are not keeping the layers functions as if was in ArcGis, only one or two are successful exported, the many others doesn´t :( I´d like to keep all shape files and layers selectable (or not) to do few analysis.
I´ve tried with "AA9" Pro Extended.

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http://www.spatially...-acrobat-9-pdf/

this might help, apparently there's a patch that could work, and reading the comments briefly - it seems you need to cut down on the amount of layers/attributes in the exported pdf for some reason

personally I just export flat pdfs, so I don't have much experience here...

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my only experience is to keep everything simple...no group layers or sub categories. I have to do this for pipelines, Actice, Idled, Abandoned...Crude, Product, Chemical, LPG, etc...but in order for someone to turn off/on labels and graphics in the PDF I cannot for instance group everything under Pipelines in ArcGIS...but you could give them the free ArcReader and publish your maps and they handle just like being in ArcGIS where you can turn layers on and off, or label things...

http://www.esri.com/...ader/index.html

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my only experience is to keep everything simple...no group layers or sub categories. I have to do this for pipelines, Actice, Idled, Abandoned...Crude, Product, Chemical, LPG, etc...but in order for someone to turn off/on labels and graphics in the PDF I cannot for instance group everything under Pipelines in ArcGIS...but you could give them the free ArcReader and publish your maps and they handle just like being in ArcGIS where you can turn layers on and off, or label things...

http://www.esri.com/...ader/index.html


I guess you are wright, i didn´t know that arcreader was free, the concerning in exporting maps to pdf was just because the cost of ArcGis, and doing it to pdf was more cheaper and lighter.

Thank you for the tip

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If you have any raster layers, layers with transparency, layers with picture-based symbology such as picture markers, picture marker fills, etc., basically anything that ArcMap has to rasterize on output, it has to rasterize everything underneath that as well. That may be why you aren't getting all of the layers from your map as individual layers in a geo-pdf. You can find more info on this in the Esri forums and support site.
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Its happens the same to me. I recommend you to always export as an image [TIFF, PNG or JPEG] and then convert it into PDF. You can export it into a Tiff and then printed into a PDF with "Cute PDF". Never do that PDF option directly from Arc GIS and you will see, life will be more easy.

Regards,
Irvin Feliciano




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