Hi I am a student at The university of Evansville and I am in need of help quick with my project. What I have is a autocad civil 3d file with a surface in it. It also has about 12 .sid files attached for aerial backgrounds. I am trying to plot layouts at 24x36 to a hp design jet 800. For some reason my autocad is locking up when I print everysingle time! If anyone could help me find a way to get this to print that would be awesome! I have to have a plan set tommorrow at noon and right now I have nothing. Thanks in advance.
If I recall correctly SID files require a lot of processing during the regen before they are printed. You may need to convert the images to TIF format. Those files are larger and take longer to load but once they're in ACad they are easier for the system to work with.
You could also try printing to PDF first using the "DWG to PDF" plotter. The PDF itself may look like crap, but it will print just fine. Then plot the PDF to the plotter...Though you may have to flatten the PDF first.
Your plotter likely doesn't have enough cache memory to queue the entire print job containing all your aerial backgrounds. Try plotting to PDF first (make sure to use the plot style "DWG to PDF" to reduce the file size), then send the PDF to print to your plotter (ensure there is no page scaling from your PDF print screen though). Good luck!
Try these options I blogged about...
For some reason the image files have been removed from my blog....sorry.
It locks up when I try to print to pdf as well. It gets to the regenerating sheet point and then locks up. If the tiff idea will work how to I go about tranforming the sid files to tiff? Also everytime I regen it takes forever to load, says "displaying countours" Is there anyway I can get it to stop this? I am done working with my surface but I do want it to show up and print. This project is 7 miles long if that gives you any help as to the size of it.
to troger: I just tried your method and it is still locking up... The file size in windows eplorer says around 3.5mb each sid file is about 10mb or so and like i said before there is 12 of them i believe
I would try downloading a PDF creator (I usually use PDFCreator, google it, and it's a free download). Then when you set the plotter to the PDFCreator, click on the Properties button, then under Device and Document Settings, under the Graphics Tab click on Raster Graphics. The initial settings will show Best quality for Raster and Shaded/Rendered Viewports and OLE... try setting those to a lower setting (maybe even None, or one step up). Also, set the Trade-off (which is set to Balance) closer to Lower resolution. It will ask if you want to make changes to the printer configuration, and just create a temporary PC3 file. Then just print to the PDF creator a 24 x 36 sheet. Open the PDF up via Adobe and print to the plotter.
This process will reduce the quality of the image a bit, but you might be able to at least experiment with the settings, and get something that will at least print before your deadline! Good luck.
The SID format is proprietary to LizardTech. They have a viewer available at the link below, and if I read the manual correctly it looks like you can export a GeoTIFF from there.
I just completely deleted all of my layouts and made one and it took a while to plot but it finaly did! For some reason in command line it says plotting viewport 3 then viewport 1 and viewport 2. What is this? I only have one viewport on my layout, that seems to be when it slows down is in the transition.
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