With the release of ArtiosCAD 14.0.1, the PDF Export Tuning has been upgraded to support the ability to map ArtiosCAD line types to PDF layers. The existing ability to create PDF Technical Inks per line type is still available. However, the PDF tuning file will need to be updated as described below.
Note on colors - Prior to version 22.07, colors output using the USE_PLOTTING_STYLE or USE_LINE_DEF were output in RGB format into the PDF file. From version 22.07-23.03, these colors were output in CMYK format into the PDF file. Starting in version 23.07 a new PDF export option "Export using RGB color scheme" (under Defaults→Startup defaults→PDF Options) allows the user to choose between outputting RGB or CMYK colors into the PDF file. In all cases an automation color conversion between RGB↔CMYK is performed when necessary.
Technical inks will always use an underlying CMYK color regardless of the aforementioned default setting.
The PDF_LINE_TYPE_MAPPING node can also contain a DEFAULT_MAP definition. This node contains the default destination layer and a line definition when not specifically included in any individual map.
Please note that with version 14.0.1, two new example PDF Exports were added to Outputs > Artios > Export to Common File Formats:
PDF with Layers - creates a PDF with layers.
PDF with Technical Inks - creates a PDF with technical inks.
In addition, four new example tuning files were also added under Instlib:
Tune.PDF.UsePlottingStyle.xml - shows how to use the current plotting style to render to PDF. This is default if no tuning is specified or not found.
Tune.PDF.UseSpotColors.xml - shows how to setup the tuning to create the Technical Inks in the PDF.
Tune.PDF.Layered.xml - shows how to setup tuning to map particular ArtiosCAD line types to PDF layers.
Tune.PDF.Example.xml - shows an example tuning using a combination of layers and rendering options.
Multi linetype annotations
Annotations that are comprised of multiple lines types like Hatch, Detail, Artwork Panels and Dynamic Art have its constituent lines types mapped to different layers according to tuning. For eg, a detail which is typically comprised of print images, text and some specific detail like a cut will all go to separate layers rather than a single layer.
Graphic elements like images, strokes, fills and print images lines are all considered line type 14 and can be mapped to a different layer according to tuning. However, images, strokes and fills are considered graphic elements in ArtiosCAD and can not be configured to use technical inks. The process color will be used in the PDF.
A hatch may also be comprised of strokes and fills. Being graphic items, these can not be configured to use technical inks. The process color will be used instead.
Text, Dimension, Arrow and Line type label (Annotations) using the ArtiosCAD plotting style color are all considered line type 20 and will all be mapped to the same PDF layer. Using line type 20, they can also be specified with a technical ink.
However, colored Annotations are considered graphic elements. They can be mapped to PDF layers according to tuning as but can not be configured to use technical inks. The process color will be used in the PDF.