I need to create assembly drawings. To accomplish this task I am using the plot command (file -> plot)
To create a more readable document I need to use a different scale but unfortunately in “Plot” menu the Scalling menu is grayed.
On the other hand the text exported looks like not searchable (the text is actually there, but the search command cannot found it)
Do you know an easy way to change the scale of the layout leaving the title as is?
How can I export the text of the layout as native text so it is useful in the drawing.
It looks like “Scaling” options are available only for Postscript and HPGL file formats - and may not do what you’re trying to do. I have never played with these output options, but experimenting with them may give you some ideas for how to solve your problem.
CAD tools use stroke fonts, so getting search items involves another step.
The ones I’ve seen have a ghost text potted at the same XY as the stoke, and that you can search.
This gives the illusion of a searchable drawing.
Just tested Kicad v5 rc2, and it does do this - the master PDF is searchable.
Load that PDF into Acrobat Reader and print using Microsoft’s PDF printer, and that search-ghost seems to be lost.
Load the PDF into LibreOffice and you can see the search ghost (seems white flipped to black), save as PDF does still search, but visually you have doubled-items - not ideal.
Given original print does work well, just lacking the scale, I’d suggest you raise this as an enhancement request, and refer to this thread of what does work, and what almost works…
An alternative to Scaling, would be an option to ‘pdf Plot screen window’ like Acrobat has.
Scaling alone will have origin issues, but screen window allows users to control the scale/offsets visually.
Another easy-to-use plot choice is ‘Zoom to fit’, which gives the easiest to read output.
I think ‘leave title as is’ request is too hard, as title is usually part of the drawing.
Easy enough to ensure a name string is inside the window when plotting ?
pdf files are an ancient file format leftover from long ago.
It was originally developed as a post production process for books before they were sent to a book press factory.
The goal was that the printed book would look exactly like the PDF.
Therefore, for example the concept of a new line does not exist in pdf files.
Each text string has it’s own coordinate.
Paragraphs or Columns of text also do not exist in a pdf file, they are just optical illusions as a consequence of the places where the text strings originate. This leads to a lot of problems when you for example want to read a pdf file on an E-book, with a screen that is so small that re-formatting of the pdf is required.
PDF’s should have been rendered obsolete 15+ years ago, but because they have become the defacto standard for a lot of files (datasheets for example) we are probably going to be stuck with it for some time.