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Creating quick plots

From: AutoCAD 2011: Migrating from Windows to Mac

Video: Creating quick plots

When it comes to plotting drawings using the Windows or Mac version of AutoCAD, you'll find the workflow is the same. The part that's different is the Plot dialog box. Rather than displaying all the settings in a single dialog, the Mac edition displays the most common settings first and then it gives you the option of expanding the dialog box to access additional settings if necessary. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of plotting by printing a drawing for model space. On my screen, I've a concept design for a mechanical part, and I would like to create a hard copy of this drawing for a meeting that I'm having with a client.

Creating quick plots

When it comes to plotting drawings using the Windows or Mac version of AutoCAD, you'll find the workflow is the same. The part that's different is the Plot dialog box. Rather than displaying all the settings in a single dialog, the Mac edition displays the most common settings first and then it gives you the option of expanding the dialog box to access additional settings if necessary. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of plotting by printing a drawing for model space. On my screen, I've a concept design for a mechanical part, and I would like to create a hard copy of this drawing for a meeting that I'm having with a client.

Since we're still in the conceptual stage, my printed sheet doesn't require the formality of a title block. I just need a quick 8.5x11 exhibit that's printed to a measurable scale. To print this drawing, I'm going to open the File menu and I'll select Print. AutoCAD then gives me a gentle reminder that if I was to print this drawing using a layout, I'd have much more control over the final print. Now, we'll be talking about layouts in the next couple of lessons. For right now, I'm going to click Continue.

This brings up the Print dialog box. As you can see, I have a limited number of settings. But you know what, if this drawing was being printed from a preconfigured layout or if I had printed this drawing one time already, these are all the settings that I would need. Since this is the first time that I'm printing this drawing, I'm going to click the Expand button so I can see all of the settings. At the top of the dialog is where I can select a Printer. If I click this flyout I can select from any printer that's installed on my machine.

I can also Add a Printer or adjust my Print & Fax Preferences. Now, everybody's system is different, so my printer list will look different than yours. I'm currently connected to an Epson Stylus printer, so I'll select that one. You can select any printer on your system that will accommodate a letter sized sheet of paper. Next, I'll choose my Paper Size from this menu. Mine is already default into US Letter. If I wanted, I can open this up and select from any other valid Paper Size for this Printer.

I'm going to keep this at the US Letter setting. Next, I need to show AutoCAD the area I'd like to Print. To do that, I'll open this flyout and I'll select Window. Then I'll pick two points to create a rectangle that defines my Print area. I'm going to click right here, we'll pan this over and I'll click right here. Now, I'd like to print this to a Scale. So let's remove the Fit to paper check.

I will then open the Scale flyout and I believe this drawing will fit on the page at 1:1. So we'll try that. Then I'll come down and click Preview and we'll take a look. All right! This looks pretty good. It looks like the drawing will fit on the sheet. However, it's not centered and I would like to select a pen table. I'm going to click the X to close the Preview, and then I'll come down and click the Advanced button. In the Plot Style Table flyout, I'm going to select the Monochrome Pens.

This will ensure that everything plots as black. I'll select Yes to assign this to all layouts, and I would also like to Center this Plot on the page. Notice that in the Advanced dialog box, we can find the rest of the settings that we typically see when plotting a drawing on the Windows platform. I'm going to click OK. Let's preview this one more time. This looks perfect. Let's close the Preview and I'll click the Print button. On my screen is an example of the finished Plot.

As you can see, when migrating from the Windows version of AutoCAD to the Mac, the plotting workflow is essentially the same. The only real difference is that the Mac edition simplifies the Plot dialog box by offering Plot Settings on as needed basis.

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