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This is very common in large format especially if the customer is creating the pdf’s in AutoCAD. 

Unfortunately I do not know the Plotworks software that well.

I know that KIP has a transparency setting you can turn on that corrects the issue.

Kip also has a free software on their website called KIP switch, this will flatten the print allowing it to print properly.

Doesn’t, PLP offer support on this issue?



Open it photoshop and do a save as and save it as a pdf.  I've also had limited success doing this procedure with eCopy to resolve the issue.  This issue has been going on since the beginning of wide format printing.  These un-flattend pdfs explode into an enormous data stream when you attempt to print them.  Its not your fault or the machine you sold.


One other thing to try with these problem pdfs is to print them using the webPrint tool built into the plotter.....I bet they will just work when you do.

Yes, all CAD software has the ability to flatten the pdf when published.

However you would be amazed at how many engineers and architect do not know how to use their own software.

At least once a week we are showing one of our customers how to print with AutoCAD, Soft plan, Revit, or any of the others.

Also a lot of it is out of your hands as many of these print are posted on websites to be downloaded and it is left up to the downloader to flatten the pdf. Based


Here is a link to KIP switch, a free software that will flatten any pdf.



Originally Posted by Art Post:



Thanx for the additional information, so could this be something that is corrected when the document is pdf'd?

It's a problem with how the person who created the PDF created it.  Think of a drawing in autocad as layer upon layer of transparency material......a drawing could be 20 layers thick with each layer having pieces of the drawing.  Its up to the person saving it to flatten all those layers into a single sheet image so it can be easily viewed and printed by others down the line.  If they don't flatten it down you are at the mercy of the complexity of all those layers and the amount of data in them.

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