6.25.2010

How to remove the Autodesk educational product watermark/plot stamp (AutoCAD, Inventor, etc.)

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is for educational purposes only. If you decide to break any product's EULA (End User License Agreement), which you will be doing if you follow this guide and don't have a proper license of the product, it is your own choice and you are solely responsible/liable, not myself or anyone else.

Using an Autodesk educational product marks each drawing file so that when you go to print, you see a "Produced by an Autodesk Educational Product" or "For Educational Use Only" watermark in the margins of the plot. This is a bad joke...even blood-sucking Microsoft doesn't put any restrictions on the free educational software they distribute.


If you're using AutoCAD and happen to have a normal (non-educational) copy handy, you can just export the drawing as a .dxf (using the DXFOUT command), import the .dxf (using the DXFIN command), and save it as a .dwg. Alternatively, you can create a new drawing, insert the educational drawing as an xref, bind it, and explode the resulting block. Both of these methods will remove the watermark forever. However, they only work if you have a non-educational version of AutoCAD and obviously won't work for Inventor.

Most effective and universal method:
Since this educational infection only affects plots...
1. Plot the drawing as a PDF file using either the built-in PDF driver or a third party PDF printer (I like PDFill).
2. Edit the PDF file using a free tool like PDF-XChange Viewer and put white rectangles over top of the watermarks, effectively erasing them (or just delete the text itself if you have access to software that can truly edit the PDF).
3. Plot the PDF file.

It's a hassle, but it's the only way when all you have handy is an educational version.

34 comments:

  1. Thanks aswell.

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  2. Love the fact that I got here by doing a Google search for "AutoCAD educational stamp infection". This educational stamp is spreading all over my files like a wicked case of Ebola. Thanks for the help!!

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  3. If it is a video from smoke, import it into iMovie movie maker FCE whatever and crop it.

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  4. Thank you guys...

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  5. If you have a copy of Acrobat Standard or Pro (not Reader) this is even simpler: Open the PDF, go to Tools > Advanced Editing > Touchup Object Tool, then highlight and delete the four educational stamps.

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  6. Good show. Thanks for the information. Just one of the many reasons AutoDesk is so well loved.

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  7. DXFOUT and DXFIN worked ... thnx

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  8. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Just saved me from having to redo a bunch of work. Whew!

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  9. Thank you so much!

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  10. WORKED PERFECTLY.... THANKS

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  11. If you can't edit the stamp or cover it. another option is to save it to a PDF and crop the page until the stamp is outside of the crop zone.

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  12. Awesome! I suspected that Acrobat might work, and this confirms it. You're doing a good thing.

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  13. Here's a great one, and it actually maintains the layers, colors, xrefs, etc...If you have access to Solidworks' DWGEditor, open the file and saveas. You will have to do some clean-up for text justification and other minor things, but the stamp will be gone; you'll be 99% there.
    I had a lot of dwgs I made for my Master's and wanted to use them in my professional life afterward.

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  14. Thanks!!!!!!!!!! I wish I was more proactive at posting helpful things like this.

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  15. Thank you so much!!

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  16. thank you very much! This help me! I have drawing then i open with educatinal version, many many drawing I edited. And when i want to print them... Dammm that stamp very2 annoying. It is like all my drawing infected by viruses lol...
    Thank you for help!

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  17. super easy fix - thanks!!

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  18. thanks very helpful

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  19. thank you sooooooooooo much its my very long problem ever and now we celebrate in the office--tnx so muchhh God bless you.

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  20. If you print the drawings with Inventor Viewer they are fine, without the stamp watermark "student edition".
    I have posted this solution on Autodesk forum and they have removed it for Inappropriate Content. I guess they don't want people to know there's a work around it.

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  21. oooooooh thank you thank you thank you

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  22. It really works !! Thank you so much !!! Just save my ass !

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  23. it works. funny way of doing it, not sure why I didn't think of it in the first place

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  24. thankssssssssssssss to you

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  25. If you export to DGN and import again that clears it.

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  26. Also if you open the file in microstation V8, press save and close when you re-open the file in a licensed version of autocad it will be cleared.

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