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  1. I just placed a plant list on a sheet layer, selected the worksheet and selected classes and the worksheet reflected the classes.

    Now we need the ability to place images from the plant database into a worksheet so clients can review the plant palette-

  2. Canon plotter IPF710

    We removed the existing printer in the printer system preference and then reloaded it and the plotter works.

    To add the the canon printer use the setup app found in the canon utilities folder in the applications folder.

  3. Peter, have you tried your hand at Automator ?

    I assume a 'workflow' or 'action' can be written to convert PDFs to greyscale in Preview and then save as a new file name.

    The Publish command will combine multiple sheets into one PDF.

    I use "Hazel", an application that does great things with folder actions but have not configured it work on this 'workflow' and Preview. I can get any file dropped in a predetermined folder to duplicate and open in Preview, but my abilities stop there.

  4. Thank you both-

    Peter: I am using the Publish feature for the first times because there are many sheets and the typical workaround will take time.

    I use color for client review/schematics and am hoping to quickly convert the schematics to something for pricing then construction.

    Benson: Thank you for the recommendations. We usually save as a jpeg instead of PNG. We will try PNG.

    Have you written an Automator 'Action' to batch convert in Preview ? I am interested in having a workflow that activates and converts the color to greyscale, saves as a PDF, and renames the file.

    I know this sounds ambitious-

  5. @ Cipesdesign: for whatever reason, Preview does not fully process large greyscale requests. I have a large landscape sheet using multiple landscape areas in gradients with opacity and even with multiple requests, Preview does not 'grey' all of the sheet.

    Of course the Publish tool looks so promising and it is already in Vectorworks and I get to keep the drawing collection as a 'saved' workflow in Vectorworks- so close and yet so far......

    Pixelmator works great for greyscale conversion but a single sheet at a time. I have a 15 sheet set and do not look forward to processing each sheet.

    I considered trying my hand at an Automator workflow or folder action but I am not capable of achieving it.

    Thank you both for your efforts, I appreciate your help

    Happy New Year

  6. The Publish command is great, except the black and white option is not enough to handle patterns and nuances of grey-tones when converting color drawings.

    A greyscale option in Publish to PDF that maintains opacity settings would be greatly appreciated.

    I do most work in color and would like the option to Publish in greyscale.

    Contractors receive drawings via email or the cloud and send drawings out for printing (pricing and construction) and need the greyscale for clarity.


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