In this video, Shaun Bryant shows you how to plot multiple drawings using the Batch Plot (PUBLISH) command.
- [Narrator] We're staying in our 00-Ground Floor Plan_Rev C.DWG file. You'll remember in some of the previous videos in this chapter, when we went to plot, it prompted us for this batch plotting because we had numerous drawings or layouts open. Well we do, we have the Model tab and the ISO A1-GA layout tab and the ISO-A1-Details layout tab, they're down here bottom left. Now, we're going to look at that batch plotting now but to do that we need to really have a page set up, organized. So, select ISO A1-GA as the current layout tab, right click on it and go to Page Setup Manager. There you'll notice that there are settings per layout tab, but they're for each layout tab, we want a setting that will, basically, allow us to plot to any layout at any time. So we click on new for a new page setup, and I'm going to call it ISO A1-PDF, it's going to plot to PDF every time. So I click on OK, like so. It'll open up a dialogue box that's remarkably similar to the plot dialogue box. You are plotting, but what you're doing is you're setting plot settings that you can use over and over again - that's what page setups are all about. So you make sure in the printer plotter here that you set it to AutoCAD PDF General Documentation; if you're using an older version of AutoCAD that doesn't have that, use DWG to PDF, that one there. I'm going to go for AutoCAD PDF General Documentation. Now what we're going to do is select a paper size, now, ideally always go for the expand one. Now the expand one in this case will be an ISO expand A1, remember it's a metric drawing, it's in millimeters. So what I'm going to do here is go up the slider bar and find the ISO expand A1, so it's this one here: 841 by 594. And what that does is it takes the printer limits right out to the edge of the sheet, to make sure that everything stays inside those printer limits. Plot area will be Extents, we want the extents of the sheet going to the extents of the title block and we want to center the plot. Make sure the scale is set to 1:1, it's an A1 sheet and an A1 title block, so they should be able to sit on top of each other. You may notice in the preview that we've got red lines all the way around, giving us warnings that something isn't going to plot. It's that outer boundary, the rectangle that I've used to create the title block, it's designed not to plot, don't worry about it, so you will get those red lines. The plot style table is going to be set monochrome CTB, like so. And also, just make sure it's a landscape view and not a portrait view, otherwise you'll get a really weird plot if you do decide to plot it. Click on OK, and you'll see there's our ISO A1 PDF page setup. Our current layout at the moment is ISO A1-GA, so if I double-click on the page setup, it applies that particular page setup to the current layout, the ISO A1-GA. So it's now using the ISO A1 PDF page setup, in brackets there. Click on close, you can do the same for the ISO A1-Details, click on it, right-click on it, go to Page Setup Manager, and all you've got to do is double-click on ISO A1 PDF, and you'll see it applies it now to the ISO A1 details as well. So what you've done there is you've applied your page setup to both of your layouts tabs, click on close, like so. I'm going to go back to the ISO A1-GA, just purely because I want to and that's the one I want to see at the moment. I'm now going to go to the output tab on the ribbon. Now, before you plot anything, just make sure that you always save what you've done so far, especially when you've set up page setups and things. And also, before you batch plot in the plot panel here, it will also require you to save anyway, so click on batch plot, and what'll happen now is you get this big Publish dialogue box and whatever settings you set in here, you can hit the save, here, and it'll save it as a .dsd file, so you can save all the settings if you want to. I'm going to remove the model, I don't want to plot from the model so I'm going to select it, right-click on it and remove from the list. You'll notice it's using the ISO A1 PDF page setup, for both the A1-GA and the A1-Details. Now, we don't want all of this information here, really, what we want is, sort of, drawing 1, drawing 2, so we don't want all of this ISO A1-GA, ISO A1-Details layout tab stuff, what we want is, really, drawing 1 (ISO A1-GA), drawing 2 (ISO A1-Details), you can rename them, and then you can save those as well, so if I go here, all I want is this bit here, so I'm going to come across like so and I'm going to type something like '01. ', press enter, it's renamed. I can then right-click on this one, do another rename sheet, lose all of the actual file name itself because we've got that already, '02. ' and enter. So there's our two layout tabs that we want to plot. Now, what I can do now, I can set all the details, numbers of copies, I can include a plot stamp and so on and so forth. Now, I'm not going to hit publish 'cause you'll be sitting there waiting for it to publish, but the whole idea is, now, if I've got a list of sheets here, which are normally layout tabs, let's say I've got 15 of them, and I have to create a group of 15 drawings every Friday for the project, I would save them in this list, save them as a .dsd file, using the page setups, and I would then make sure that all I've got to do is hit that publish button every Friday, because I go and open up the .dsd file, it remembers the page setups, it remembers the sheet name list, and all I've got to do is hit publish. That's what batch plotting is all about it's all about taking that pressure of work off of you, so that it's doing all of that plotting for you, to the settings that you want to use.
- Plotting from the Model and Layout tabs
- Outputting to different file formats
- Comparing different drawings
- Setting up your Autodesk account
- Sharing your drawings using a browser
- Saving your drawings to web and mobile in AutoCAD