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To print drawings using traditional AutoCAD, you have to tell the program where to find necessary files like Fonts or Plot Styles. Using AutoCAD WS everything is managed for you. In the event WS has trouble locating a file, it will notify you and give you a hyperlink such that you can upload what it needs. In this lesson we'll explore how AutoCAD WS manages plot related files. On my screen is an example of a detailed drawing. I am going to use the Zoom Window command to zoom in on the RESERVED PARKING sign.
Now this file was created using AutoCAD, where it was also assigned a Plot Style to control the appearance of the geometry when printed. Here in AutoCAD WS, I can identify that Plot Style by going to the View tab, and I'll click the Plot Styles button. Right here we can see the Plot Style is called mono-43. This green check identifies that this file has been uploaded to my account. I am going to close this. If I wanted to view this drawing using the Plot Styles, I'll click to open the View mode menu, and I'll select As Plot. I will then click the menu again to close it.
This makes the drawing look very similar to what we would see on the printed sheet. I'm going to move down and click the X to close this drawing because I'd like to do something catastrophic. Here in the Drawings Manager, I'm going to click the green arrow to jump up a couple of directories. I will then open the stylesheets folder, and I'll right-click on the mono-43 Plot Style, and I'll select Delete. I will then click Yes when prompted. Then I'll go back to the Editor, and on the Home tab I'll expand the Open menu, and I'll re-open the detail drawing by selecting it here in the recent items list.
Once again, I'll go to the View tab, and I'll click the Plot Styles button notice that I'm now getting a question mark, letting me know this file cannot be found. Fortunately, AutoCAD WS gives me an upload hyperlink that I can use to reload the file. I am going to click this, this takes me down to my local hard drive where I'll select the Desktop shortcut, I will then open the Exercise Files folder, and I'll open the chapter_06 directory. From here I'll select the mono-43 Plot Style and click Open to re-upload it to my account.
When it's finished uploading, I'll click Update stylesheets. This will re-associate the Plot Style with the drawing and reload the file. Once again, I'm going to zoom in on the RESERVED PARKING sign, and I'll test the drawing by going back to the View mode menu, and I'll select As Plot. At this point, you may be wondering if you have to upload Plot Styles multiple times, the answer is no. Let's go back to the Drawings Manager. You see, whenever you upload a Plot Style, it is automatically placed in the Stylesheets folder where it's available for any other drawing using that style.
In fact, I am going to go back to the Editor, this same workflow also applies to Fonts. If I click the Fonts button will see a list of all the fonts that are used in this drawing. In the event any of them are missing, I could use the Upload link to add the file to my account. Even more impressive, if I share this drawing with someone and they open it using their AutoCAD WS account, they will automatically see the correct Plot Styles and Fonts just like I do. So when it comes to managing plot-related files, AutoCAD WS takes care of all the work for us.
In the event a file is ever needed, we can upload and store the file with just a couple of clicks of the mouse.
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