Category Archives: Printing – Plotting

AutoCAD 2016 XREF Layer Controls

This new feature in AutoCAD 2016 is by far my favorite. Here is the scenario: Your drawing (electrical) references two other discipline’s drawings (Structural & Mechanical) The problem comes when you print your drawing. Your electrical content is hard to … Continue reading

Posted in Layers, Linetypes, New in 2016, Printing - Plotting, XREFs | 7 Comments

AutoCAD 2015 Tray Settings for Print Pop-Up

After you print in AutoCAD, there is a little annoying notification that stays open in the bottom right of the screen until you click to close it. This is the default setting. This setting can be changed so that it┬ástays … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Customization, New in 2015, Printing - Plotting, TIPS | 2 Comments

Helpful Settings for Plotting 3D Solids in AutoCAD

This post isn’t a fix-all solution but it has helped printing/plotting issues that I’ve recently encountered. There are some helpful AutoCAD variables and an adjustment to your preferred “Visual style(s)” that can help make printing 3D solids look correct in … Continue reading

Posted in Layout, Paper Space, PDF, Printing - Plotting, TIPS | 16 Comments

AutoLISP: Print All Layout Tabs

Here is a simple routine that should help plot all of the layout tabs in a drawing. Note: This routine will print all of the layouts with the same setups -so this is a limitation and shouldn’t be applied to … Continue reading

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Cant See .ctb files: CONVERTPSTYLES

When opening a drawing that is from someone else, they may have set the drawing to plot/print using a “Style” that has a file extension of “.stb” instead of a “.ctb” What is a “.stb”? The settings that define how … Continue reading

Posted in BASICS, Printing - Plotting | 11 Comments

AutoLISP: Purge Page Setups

The code posted below will purge all Page Setups except for the current page setup (if one is applied). If you have ever received a drawing with many page setups this routine will help reduce the amount of setups that … Continue reading

Posted in AutoLISP, AutoLISP: Manage, AutoLISP: Modify, Manage, Printing - Plotting, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Up and Running with the 2013 Core Console

With the release of AutoCAD 2013, there is a new feature that is called the “Core Console.” This Core Console is a stripped down version of of AutoCAD that includes no buttons or user interface other than what looks like … Continue reading

Posted in AutoCAD 2013, AutoLISP: Manage, Manage, Modifying, New In 2013, Printing - Plotting, TIPS | 21 Comments