Chris - I have been using Revit for a number of years now (7+), after having used AutoCAD for 14+ years before that. I remember my frustration when trying to set everything up for my office and the differences between Revit setup options and AutoCAD setup options, so I feel your pain. However, through all of the setup work and production years thereafter, I have never experienced an issue with Revit creating plots that were not 100% to scale and accurate based on the settings that I used in my page setup(s).
Regarding your issues, are you printing directly to the printer/plotter, or are you creating files such as PDFs, DWFs, and etc. that you then submit to the printer separately? I personally have always created PDFs or DWFs that I then send to the printer/plotter and these files are always 100% spot on unless I made a mistake in the options I chose. I also have to say that I have a rectangle around my "sheet" and this has never been a problem for me because I always print to 100% and center the sheet when printing full size sheets. The plotter however may shift the sheet a little due to the limitations of the hardware as mentioned in the previous posts, but I am ok with one or two of the "Sheet" lines being truncated as long as the remainder of the sheet is correct. I also chose to keep the paper boundary so that plotting software and viewing software do not shift the graphics when viewing the sheet.
If you are creating PDFs or DWFs, I recommend that you open the files and use one of the available measuring tools within them to see if the digital files are being created at the correct scale/size. If these files are scaling correct in the digital file, then the problem must be between the print file creation and the printed paper output which will have to be either in some computer setting or printer setting or hardware limitation.
Also, throughout the previous posts, i don't recall seeing if the problem was with the whole sheet or only with view port scaling. There is a very big difference between the two issues. Whole sheet scaling issues are one thing, but having viewports not scale correctly is another and very big deal in my opinion.
Lastly, I saw one of the previous posts mention an Oce plotter. I have been using an Oce plotter (TDS 600) for the entire time that I have been using Revit. I don't beleive that I ever remember getting errors and definitely not the percentage error results that you mentioned in your posts. The only issues that I have had with the oce plotter, was with text shifting within a DWF file which was caused by the Oce software (Publisher/Client Tools) interpreting text incorrectly when a width factor other than 1 was used, and very thin lines being washed out (until Oce published an updated set of tools).
I am interested to see your responses to the comments/questions above. I hope you get this resolved because any time you do not trust the output of your software, you are in for continuous stress without relief.
I have also attached a screen capture of a typical print setup for me.
This is an interesting thread to find.. I was actually trying to find an explanation for why Revit prints so much more accurately than AutoCAD did, in terms of its communication with the printer, or its inherent software coding.. Was surprised to find people complaining that they were having problems. I work for a limestone fabricator, where I have to print 1:1 patterns for use in cutting the real stone to better than 1/16th accuracy, and have thus far not had any problems. Whereas with AutoCAD we used to have to go through that whole calibration setup and make sure every pattern was printed using that setup, with Revit, it's just print and go..
So again, not to fly in the face of those having problems here, what I actually would like to know is what is the difference between AutoCAD and Revit that makes Revit print so much more accurately?
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