AutoCAD Print / Plot :: 2007 Not Reading Plot Styles Correctly

Jan 17, 2012

So the firm I work at has AutoCAD 2000 and 2007. 2000 is installed on 5 out of the 7 computers, and 2007 installed on 6 of the 7 computers. 2 of the computers running just ACAD 2007 are Windows Vista, while all the other computers are Windows XP. We have an OCE TDS320 CAD Printer, an HP Wide Format Printer and a Panasonic 330 Copier/Fax/Printer. Our Problem is that When you try to plot an ACAD2007 drawing it will only plot it in color. This problem did not exist before 1/12/12.

When I select the Plot Style to print I select "monochrome.stb" which has always worked, now all of a sudden it doesnt. The only way i have found to fix this problem is to change my drawing to layer "0" which is white, so when it tries to print in color it will print black. Another Guy in the firm i work at has ACAD2007 on his computer running XP, he also has 2000 running on the same computer. When he tries to plot on ACAD2007 the same thing happens, so it is not isolated to my computer.

There is a difference though between his Plot Styles on his computer and the ones on mine. His end with .ctb, which works. It only doesnt work when he tries to print a drawing i made off of my computer. Because of this we copied his Plot Style folder for AutoCAD 2007 and installed it into the folder with all of my plot styles on my computer, replacing the ".stb" with ".ctb" That did not work at all. The last thing we tried was to copy over a file that plotted correctly, delete the drawing and draw what we needed, This also did not work. So basically we are thinking that ACAD2007 is not reading the Plot Styles correctly, or the Plot Styles are wrong or currupt.

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Jan 5, 2012

I can't plot to my HP 8600 from Acad 2007, the plotter lights blink an error and nothing plots.  I can save the dwg as a PDF and print the PDF to it fine.  Is there a special plot driver for the 8600 or what am I doing wrong?

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Apr 25, 2012

I have one workstation running Autocad LT 2007 on a windows 7 32 bit OS, and needs to print to a non plot printer, which is a Kyocera KM-4050 KX. I am unable to print to this printer through Autocad LT 2007 and recieve the following error message . . .

"\ServerNamePrinterName: This plotter configuration conanot be used for one of these reasons: The driver cannot be found, the device can not be found, or the driver has a problem. The None plot device has been substituted."

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I followed the instructions in [URL] ..... and did not see my printer model in the list and was unable to load the driver from a disk.I believe the file it was looking for was .hif, which could not be found. 

I also uninstalled and reinstalled the printer driver, and did some testing, so the printer works fine except for this application. According to the user the print function never worked for them in Autocad LT 2007.

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Dec 16, 2012

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However, on this particular install... something is different. When I open the screen, typcially the plot style table is set to 'none' and I then set it to monochrome.ctb. That is not the case on this one. It is defaulting to AEC Standard.stb and monochrome is not in the list.


I read elsewhere to run CONVERTPSTYLES at the command line. I tried that and it did work..however it does not hold the setting. If I close and restart CAD, I am right back to the AEC Standard.stb default again.

This seems to just be a problem with new drawings? If I open one from the network, it does have the monochrome.ctb setting already set.

I assumed it must have been a problem with the default in options, but I believe I have it set correctly? See below.


If I interpret the above correctly, the plot style table drop down box should be defaulting to 'none' ? but it does not... it defaults to AEC Standard.stb.

I have already tried a complete uninstall/Reinstall of CAD and still have the same issue.

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Nov 28, 2012

Coworker is setting up a new Win7 (64bit) machine but we don't have the ability to upgrade CAD at this time. So running AutoCAD Mechanical 2007. (Yes we know they don't always play nice) Two other workstations here are running the same  OS & CAD and print without issues. This new machine AutoCAD does not see any system printers. Have made sure the "Hide System Printers" is not checked under options. I can add a plotter file for each system printer and that workaround  is OK, but why this one machine can't see the system printers. They are Xerox workstations on the network - not local. We have already restarted AutoCAD and restarted the PC.

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Sep 26, 2012

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I've tried several ways to the best of my knowledge to correct the problem even attempting to reduce it to 50' x 100' but I seem to get the same problem where if I choose to print it it wont display the Linear Dimensions I have set (as it will print it out super tiny). I even thought of maybe trying a standard 8.5" x 11" then blowing it up at kinko's but same issue.

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This works great on my machine for publishing and printing from sheet sets and so on.  But as soon as I try to direct someone else's computer to the same folder they begin to get printing errors. 

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May 13, 2013

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This is a problem for me as I have 3 phases, and I need to be able to plot them differently, depending on each phase shown.  I'd rather see if there is a way to make my current model setup work before I go duplicating thing and restructuring all my drawings to suit a layer style inconsistently, but I need this to print right.

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I understand that I can install Bootcamp and Windows on my computer, but I'd really like to avoid that if I can. If I were to do my work on my Mac and then digitally transfer my files to a PC for printing purposes, would my files become corrupted or compromised in any way?

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Aug 29, 2011

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Third Layout: EQPT-VC

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Autodesk DesignReview - 2012
Adobe Acrobat X Professional

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Jan 17, 2013

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Aug 13, 2012

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Jun 25, 2013

In AutoCAD 2014 and ASD2013 I cannot choose one of the printer, which is installed on Windows (OCE TDS600). It is strange, because Autocad sees it on the list of available plotters, but when I try to select it - it automaticly changes to "None".

The plotter is properly configured - I can print with it from Revit 2013 without any problems. Also when I switch account to any other (on that same computer) everything works fine.

I tried to add this plotter through "Add-A-Plotter Wizard", but each time I obtain an error massage "Autodesk Hardcopy component failed..."


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May 9, 2011

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When I go to plot the drawing as a pdf and do a preview of what I am about to plot, I see that the lines that make up the drawing are a shade of gray in color.  All my lineweights in the layers property manager are set to default.  I have attached a blank drawing that is based off of my template.

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I have a user which we just installed Autocad Civil 3D 2014 on his computer that is running on a Windows 7 64-bit OS.  However, he has had the same problem with Civil 3D 2011, 2012, and 2013 ever since we took him to 2011 in September 2011.  So, it is not something new.  It may have been around before then but my companies common practice back then was to freeze layers with a script file before plotting.  While attending a class back in 2010 or 2011, he and his group were told to “do not use FREEZE on layers in Civil 3D” since things frozen did not get updated like they would if they were just turned off.  So, they have been using the “ON/OFF” commands on all Civil 3D files since then.

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A drawing, typical of this and other jobs he does, has a title block which is an xref in paper space and the site plan xref in model space.  He can turn "OFF" certain layers from the site plan as viewed from paper space to remove clutter and then go to make a plot.  After getting it set up to print and going to the preview the layers he has turned off appear in the preview and if he goes ahead and makes the plot or PDF those layers that were turned off will plot out.

The work-a-round they have been using ever since has been to go back into the file(s) and “FREEZE” the layers that were turned off, make the plots and then go back and “THAW” the layers before ending the drawing.

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Is there a way to use ON/OFF instead and have the layers NOT plot out?  OR, is this something that AutoCAD will not do regardless?  Has it always been that way and we have been unaware of it through the past four releases?

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Feb 18, 2013

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Scenario 1: if the KIP3000 is online then plotting window comes in few seconds, a normal, decent delay!
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because the plotter is black and white only I see those side views in different shades of grey but the problem is that the difference in grey isn't clear enough (and yellow pipes are hardly visible) and I can't adjust these. When adjusting the .ctb it only affects the 2D views and not the 3D views.

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I have attached an image with 4 zoomed-in screen shots to show what I'm describing.

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