Same as before doesn't seem to apply anymore, you wrote as much in this thread several times.
You also posted what appears to be a solution: "... you are required to have a plotter setup to plot to file ..." I assumed your statement was based of a test: or what it a guess? Why not find out for sure.
Publish lets you temporarily replace all predefined pagesetups with one pagesetup from another source like a template file: do you know how to do this or do you need help?
The days of emailing a large number of files has almost passed: use a quality FTP source to distribute files in a manner that will not hit or affect size limits or attachment restrictions of your recipients. Free sites like Dropbox or SkyDrive and paid websites like Citrix Sharefile exist for this purpose. PLT is fine or PDF is fine, or WMF is fine, or any other source is fine, whatever works for you. Smiley face means it was a joke, chuckle when you see it.
"used to do it this way" sometimes needs an update, don't you think?
I'm not sure we are on same wavelength here. I just want to know if we can do this or if it was purposefully changed and we have to adjust. We have always had a plotter setup to import for printing to PDF and PLT files. We cannot get the desired result using these in AutoCAD 2014, but by changing the Publish To: field in the Publish screen to PDF, we can get our desired result. They have options for DWF, DWFx and PDF. So we cannot select PLT there. Different people have tried numerous times to make a single sheet PLT file without success. So we have tested. And failed. So, can it be done or not? That, is the question.
Sorry if I reacted a little harshly. I know we oldsters can get in ruts, but calling our routine 1990 was a little severe. I mean, I have only been using AutoCAD since 1991!