Join Scott Onstott for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring publishing options and creating output, part of Creating Sheet Sets with AutoCAD.
- You have many options when it comes to publishing your sheet set. Go to the Sheet List tab and right-click on the Example Sheet Set node. Come down here to Publish and you see there's a submenu here that has lots of different common formats. You can Publish to a Plotter and get physical output. You can use the Page Setup Override. You can use all of these different options, but what I recommend is that you go to the last option, Publish Dialog Box. This gives you all of the information in one dialog box.
So up here we can publish to a variety of formats. I'll choose PDF. Over here it says it's going to create a Multi-sheet file, so it's all in one PDF. I'll click Sheet Set Publish Options. And here we can change information if we want. For example, the Location. I'm gonna change that, so we go into the Exercise Files folder and we can even add a Password if we wanted to. Down here we can change the Page Setup, which should be Arch D for all of the sheets.
That was set up in our template. And down here we can Include a plot stamp if we want. That's information such as the Drawing name and the Date and Time. I don't need the Device name. You can go to Advanced and specify where that appears on the sheet. I'll go with Bottom left, OK, OK again. It's a good idea to Publish in background so that you can keep working in AutoCAD while this is working on generating the output. And when everything looks good, just go ahead and click Publish and it will prompt you to save that PDF in the Exercise Files folder.
You can optionally save this list for future reuse. And I don't really need to do that, so I'll click No. And in a moment it will tell us that this is happening in the background. You can also see down here there's an icon that is moving. It's animated to show that the printing process is actually continuing on. It's not done yet. So I could actually come in here and do some more work on my project or work on another project while this is being output. But in a few moments, we will see the fruit of all of our hard work appear here in the Exercise Files folder.
There's the PDF. I'll double-click to open it in the Reader app, which comes with Windows 8. And here's our sheet set. There's the plot stamp. Here's our table and we have a multi-page PDF that we could send to other parties who don't have AutoCAD and they could print this out, take a look at it. So there you have it. A very easy way to create output from all of the sheets in your sheet set.
- Preparing a template with a title block
- Adding attributes and fields to a title block
- Drawing callout-block geometry
- Creating the sheet-set structure
- Creating sheets
- Placing callouts
- Publishing a sheet set