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printer change

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10-12-2012 08:24 PM
We recently upgraded from auto desk 2006 to architecture 2013, at that time we also upgraded to windows 7 and a new print server.

What is happening is when our drafts people open an old drawing they have to reset the printer for all the tabs in that file some have probably 10 tabs.

Is there a way to get autocad to do this automatically or aleast faster as it can take about 5 min to do some of the larger files.

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Re: printer change

10-13-2012 08:43 AM in reply to: MorrisonHomes

Without customization, the best practice would be to open a drawing that contains the plot settings you want, start pagesetup, either verify that a saved page setup exists or press the new button (if a saved page setup doesn't already exist).  Then open each drawing that needs the page setup, go to the first layout and then import the saved page setup from the good file.  Then click on each layout, pagesetup and choose the saved page setup name and push set current button. Having each layout set to a common name really reduces the time it takes to setup and modify plots.  It should only take a few seconds for each layout.


Automating it would involve learning to customize >>here<<

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Re: printer change

10-13-2012 02:06 PM in reply to: dbroad
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Re: printer change

10-14-2012 05:15 AM in reply to: MorrisonHomes
AutoCAD, unlike other programs, stores the plot parameters in the file in each tab. There is no system-only choice.
This is where a CAD manager, not I.T., comes in handy: you changed the device name so now AutoCAD assumes the file has no print device.
Do your AutoCAD users use shared PC3 files to plot from AutoCAD to all your windows driver devices? What are these devices?
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Re: printer change

10-14-2012 10:58 AM in reply to: MorrisonHomes

I may have misunderstood the situation.  I think you could just use the options command to set a new default printer so that the none printer won't be substituted each time you open a printer set up for the old print driver.  Try setting the options to default to your new printer.




I have started setting the dwf6 eplot to the default printer and always eplot first.  Then from design review, I either plot to pdf or to the physical printer.  That way my layouts are always ready to plot regardless of location.

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