This 30 minute lesson focuses on printing, plotting and publishing drawings from your model as well as the layout sheets you prepare.
When preparing for either printing or plotting, the setup is important. Use the File menu > Page Setup command to choose which printer to use, the paper size (or create a custom size if necessary) and orientation. The Plot Setup command gives similar options for large scale devices that use a plotting interface.
The Print command is somewhat more flexible than the Plot dialog, in that one can choose to output either the entire drawing (from the active window, either the current View of a plan or elevation etc., or a layout sheet), the zoomed view (whatever is seen onscreen at that moment, a marquee view (draw a marquee to select an area of interest for output), or the selected layout sheets in the Navigator. If the print image at a standard scale will not fit on the current paper, you may choose to print multiple sheets, or perhaps rescale the output to fit the paper.
The Plot command is available for devices that require it – these are typically older plotters that do not have a printer driver available for your computer. Aside from the reduced options regarding marquee and zoom areas, the controls are similar.
The Publisher is an area of the Navigator, accessed by clicking the button at the top right. You may create multiple Publisher Sets, each with Property Properties that determine whether it will print, plot or save one or more layouts or drawings.
To manipulate Publisher Sets, it is necessary to use the Organizer, a double-wide version of the Navigator that may be opened from the Project Chooser button in the top left of the Navigator. In the Organizer, items may be dragged from the left hand side (which may show any part of the Navigator hierarchy) to the right hand side (which may show any Publisher Set, or may also be used to manage the Layout Book or View Map).
Each Publisher Set may be Published in its entirety (for example, printing all the layouts in the list) or a subset may be output (select one or more items in the list, then use the Publish Selected Items option from the Publish button).
When using the Save option from Publisher, the Publishing Properties determine the Path or location on your computer where the files will be saved. In addition, the Format section allows you to choose PDF, DWG or other variations for saving the files. If you choose DWG, you will then have additional options to fine-tune the output using the DWG Translator Settings dialog.
For both PDF and DWG, if you create a folder in the Publisher Set, and place layouts or Views inside that folder, then you may optionally select that folder and choose to combine the individual files into a single larger file. This will result in a single PDF or DWG file that has multiple pages or views representing each layout sheet.
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