….or maybe I just don't understand how plot offset works and I am hoping that somebody can help.
First, in my template file I create a pagesetup using the Page Setup Manager. I like to setup the sheets to plot the layout (not extents or window) and I like to set the plot offset to 0,0 so the layout "shadow" registers correctly over the titleblock sheet. The plotoffset variable set to 1 so that the offset is relative to the edge of the sheet. Done.
Next, I start a new drawing using the template. I type the plot command and set the pagesetup to the one I just created...the Plot offset is at 0,0 as expected ....everything looks perfect....I press "Apply to Layout" button to save the layout and it plots perfectly. I save my new drawing.
The bad part: I re-open the drawing I just saved and try to plot that layout again and my origin is not 0,0 any more but some other number (based on the printable area?). I have two choices...I can either re-select the pagesetup (that has the origin at 0,0) or manually set the plot offset back to 0,0. This seems like a bug to me. If I had set Plot Area to extents this would not happen.
I'm kind of tearing my hair out over this one. I don't want my users to have to remember to set the offset back to 0 every time. I want to go back to using Layout because of the problems related to using Extents when bitmaps or other drawing debris expands the extents by accident.