Do PDF files saved out of SOLIDWORKS conform to ISO Standard?

Article by Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP updated November 16, 2017

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While carrying out technical support customers often ask me: “Do PDF files saved out of SOLIDWORKS conform to ISO Standard?” Answer is, yes they do.

To confirm. Save a PDF file from SOLIDWORKS using the following steps:

  1. Open the SOLIDWORKS model or drawing you would like to print.
  2. Click on File > Save as.
  3. Select the Save as type as .pdf extension and select save.

Now open the PDF file you just saved, and select ‘Properties’ from the ‘File’ menu.  The file will be reported as ‘PDF Version: 1.4’. All files created with Adobe® 5.x as PDF 1.4, like ours, conform to ISO 19005.

Sometimes, you may need to change the version of a PDF you have to ensure compatibility with a client or colleague using an older version of Adobe Acrobat. To do so, you can install a particular acrobat product version to get the required version of PDF (please refer to the chart below).

Acrobat Product version and PDF version Chart

Therefore, to generate a PDF file for a particular Acrobat Product version you have installed on your machine follow these steps:

  1. Open the SOLIDWORKS model or drawing you would like to print.
  2. Click on File > Print > and then save a pdf file by selecting save as type as .pdf.
  3. In this method the version of PDF depends upon what version of Adobe acrobat you have in your system.
  4. Checking File > Properties  showed the pdf version as 1.7 in this case (refer the image below) , as I am using Acrobat product version 8.x on my machine.
Acrobat version and PDF version

Acrobat version and PDF version

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Vipanjot Kaur, CSWP

Vip is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) and is based in our Oakville Ontario head office.