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What is the quickest way to print MXD?

Question asked by RC123 on Feb 19, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2017 by RC123

Disregard the question below!  I asked the question while I was running the MXD to PDF Python script.  I asked because I assumed it might take many hours to run the script.  The script completed in 39 minutes compared to 14 hours using Export to PDF.  I quality of the PDF is great.

 

I'm using the latest version of ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcMap.  I have a large format printer and I would like to print my ArcMap .mxd file to the HP Printer.  I tried printing directly from ArcMap to the printer via a parallel printer cable connected to the printer but the map is large and nothing happens I think there is not enough memory, maybe not enough printer buffer memory, I'm not sure.

 

I tried exporting from ArcMap to PDF but it takes 14 hours to create the PDF file.  I could try printing the map from ArcMap to PDF, but I don't know if printing to PDF is any faster than exporting.  

 

Would it be faster to create the PDF file from this Python script?

MXD to PDF

 

Or, would it be faster to export the .mxd to tiff and then somehow convert the tiff to pdf?

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