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Patricia G.  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 8, 2009 12:00:00 AM(UTC)
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Hi Jo Lauth

These are some resources to convert your Punch plans (any version) to bmp

1 - You can export your scaled floorplan to DXF/DWG in most versions and Export to DXF/DWG with versions 7.x, and up --> use Power Tools--> DXF / DWG Exporter--> use a Cad program or Irfanview (is free)to convert it to *.jpg, *.bmp, etc.

2 - Print the plan, scan it, and save it as *.jpg, *.bmp, etc. If you print to fit the page, the drawing will be not scaled

3 - Visualize your plan, and take a shot of the screen--> Print Screen-->Go to MS Paint-->Paste--> Trim the image--> Save as *.jpg, *.bmp, etc. Note--> this method doesn't provide scaled plans

4 - If you have a PDF writer, you can create your own scaled PDF files. Just follow this short tutorial
There are many free PDF writers, go to www. download.com and perform a search with the keyword "free PDF"--> You can create a jpg from the PDF or simply open the PDF with Photoshop Elements (File--> Import--> PDF image)
You can see a tutorial to convert Punch plans to PDF in this tutorial in my website

5 - Other interesting (and free) resource is the DWF conversion. You can download the DWF writer for free in the Autodesk page and it works in the same way that the PDF writer. The recipient needs to install the DWF viewer (it is free, and the printing companies use it)
You can see more info about DWF printing in this page of my website

Both in PDF and / or DWF, you can select / copy / paste to a graphic program and Save as as *.jpg, *.bmp, etc.

To print the floors separately, select View Working floor only. To Export the floors separately, you must create a file for each floor

To set this file in the Desktop --> Once your *.jpg, *.bmp, etc. is ready --> go to the Windows Explorer--> right click on the name of the file--> send to--> Desktop (create shortcut)

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