Exporting Raster and Vector Data to a PDF document

I’m trying to figure out a way to export vector data for my walls (framing) directly into “prawn” (PDF document creation gem). This is all very new territory for me so I’m kind of shooting from the hip here and not even sure if something like this is possible at this point.

Alternatively, I can actually reconstruct the entire geometry of the wall panel within the PDF document but this just seems like more work that it should be.

So far my search on the boards has come up empty on someone previously accomplishing this but I will keep digging and hopefully there is a solution.

After reading through a few more threads and contemplating what I need I think that even if I could get the vector data from the model it may not be useful if I cannot properly scale it.

For a typical wall panel (framing) drawing I would probably put it on a Arch C, Arch D or Tabloid paper size and I would probably scale the drawing so that it is 1:24 scale (1/2" = 1’). To make my PDF drawings useful I would like to have them precisely scaled so that when they are printed full size on a printer or plotter they can be utilized in the field by contractors, engineers and architects (ie. you can put your scale on the drawings and pull dimensions from it). Scaled drawings may be a bit old school for some of the younger generation but that is the only way to really make it work. My own kids laugh at me when I espouse the virtues of my engineering and architectural scales but one of these days they will get it.

Perhaps my only and best option is to simply recalculate all of the wall framing geometry (only 2D data, wall depth data not needed) within this module and then use the drawing methods of the PDF generator (prawn) to do the actual vector/line drawing creation and fills. Certainly more work than I want to do right now but I don’t see any other option at this point.

This actually ties together nicely with the DXF export feature I am also considering. For this feature I will also need to essentially regen the wall framing geometry in order to create the appropriate 2D geometry for the DXF file.

I would look into the Layout API for both your ideas…

it can handle both PDF and DXF for you…


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