We are encountering some issues with our plotting output when using the "Plot Project" tool in the Project Manager after having plotting using the Output Tab > Plot Panel > Plot or Batch Plot commands; The problem is that the project drawings seem to lose their page setup (plot configuration) and plot on the wrong paper size. This is wasting too much paper since the "Plot Project" utility sends to plotter in batch quantities.
The drawings we plot from the Output Tab are typically either a 1:1 drawing to a roll plotter for doing punch prints on electrical panels or to a multi-sheet PDF (plot-to-file) of our electrical schematic drawings. Our use of the "Plot Project" tool is mainly used for plotting our schematics to an 11x17 printer for distribution. The punch prints go to our HP 1055CM plotter and our 11x17 prints go to a Kyocera Mita KM-3530 KX printer, each independant from the other.
Our work around to this point is after we plot using the Output Tab, we have found that we can manually plot a single drawing from the project "manually" using the Output Tab > Plot Panel > Plot button (does not process using scripts like the "Plot Project" from Project Manager) and the drawing plots correctly and then we can go back to using the "Plot Project" in the Project Manager and all works correct again until the next punch print or batch plot to PDF is run again.
Has anyone else noticed anything similar with their plotters/printers?
McKee Foods Corp.
I think that you might want to create a couple of Page Setups to handle the different plotting that you do.
WIthin these Page setups, you can select which printer/plotter, plot area, plot scale, etc, settings for each configuration and then when you plot using the Plot Project, just select the appropriate Page Setup and plot only the drawings you want to go to that printer/plotter. Each drawing in the project needs to have the same page setup for this to work. It is easy enough to create a script file to update all drawings in a project when you create the new setup. Attached is a sample .SCR that I used for this. (Change the extension to .scr after downloading. Hard to believe that .scr is not an allowed file extension...)
Did you know that you can create a PDF using the project's Publish\Publish to DWF?
This allows you to select the drawings that are in a project to create the PDF.
After you select the dwgs to plot, go to the "Publish To" button and select PDF.
Ace User since 1998
I am having an issue with the plotting. The system that my laptop is runing is Windows 7, and I creat projects on AutoCad Electrical containing from 5 to 20 drawings per project. The issue is when I plot the project to PDF, in many cases, AutoCad stop working. There is a pop up windows, indicating "AutoCad application has stop working". And I got no choice but to close program. And I had to restart the AutoCad Electrical, and redo the ploting. It may or may not work, but after 2 or 3 times, it works finally. This issue occurs more often on projects that contains more than 10 drawings than the projects which contains 5 pages.
I was using Windows XP before, and I did not have this issue with AutoCad Electrical. I am wondering is the Autocad compatible with Windows 7?