AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Make Button For Toolbar Or Tool Palette?

May 17, 2011

I'd like to make a button for the toolbar or the tool palette that will print consistently every time I use it.

For an example, I want to click this button that has the parameters for ADOBE PDF, 11x17, Lanscape, a certain Plot style table, etc......

I want to make a button for each print setting I use.

HOW...HOW can this be done? my inquiring mind wants to know!!  

Having this little button will just me me that much more proficient, and ever bit of time certainly counts when under pressure to get out some drawings.

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AutoCAD Visual LISP / AutoLISP :: Making A Most Used Tool Button For Toolbar

Sep 22, 2011

I also note I could use excel but I have this thing where id like to have the lisp and AutoCAD run independent from other external programs.

I’m the CAD monkey at work and I’m given unbelievable autonomy to what I build (sometimes I confuse work with hobby) put all to one side. My functions often require toolbars with several buttons on them what I would like for one toolbar in particular is to make a most used function button. Better said a button at the beginning of my toolbar, which execute the most used button from within that entire toolbar.
The ideas so far is to add a write-line (append) function lisp for every button this would intern write a button codename/ reference example SNP for snap and SAV for save and so on. All easy I can do this.
What I’m having difficulty with is actually counting the instances of the most used button using lisp. At the moment I’m resorting to a program, which needs to be shelled first, to recalculate the whole list it works but is messy and quite patch worked. The highest instance would then be used to set a variable, which would be used as the command in the so-called “top 1 tool button”

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Sheet Set Manager Palette Missing / Gone

Mar 20, 2012

I am working in Civil 3D 2011 and cannot call up my sheet set manager.  I have used it before but not recently. Here are the things I have tried.

1. Sheetset command in the commanline doesn't produce the palette and shows no error.

2. Opensheetset command in the command line brings up the dialog box to browse to my sheetset.  I select it and click open and there is no error but still does not display my sheetset manager.

3. Opened up my cui and made sure the sheet set is added to my work space, visible, and docked and still nothing.

4. Clicked the sheetset palette button on my view ribbon under the Palettes tab.

5. Restarted the computer.

Still haven't gotten the sheetset manager back. 

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Paint Shop Pro :: Adding New Button Group To Tool Toolbar

Nov 29, 2012

Have only recently purchased and installed X5. I am coming from PSPv9 (and doing so reluctantly.)

I am attempting to duplicate the tool toolbar that I am use to in PSPv9 in X5. I have been successful except for one group. In PSPv9, the Dropper tool and the Color Replacer tool are in the same group. I have been able to create a new Button Group and place both tools into it. What I can not figure out is how to have the new button group display an icon. All other groups display the icon of the first tool in the group listing.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Print To Plotter Or Make PDF

Mar 8, 2011

I have a new machine with windows 7 64 bit and autocad 11. When I choose the 6204 as my plotter I get the following message : "This plotter configuration cannot be used for one of these reasons: the driver cannot be found, the device cannot be found, or the driver has a problem. The None plot device has been substituted." it does not matter if I choose to try and print to the plotter or make a PDF this error comes. up..

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AutoCAD 2013 :: Apply Layer Filter To Layer Toolbar Disables Function Of Layer Filters In Tool Palette

Aug 1, 2012

It appears that the Layer Filters functionality is broken again with 2013. Unchecking the "Apply layer filter to layer toolbar" disables the function of layer filters in the tool palette.

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AutoCad :: How To Make A Custom Button And Tool Bar For Lisp

Oct 4, 2011

I don't know how to make a custom button and tool bar for my lisps in Autocad 2011. It used to be easy in 2000-2005.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: How To Make TIFF Output Higher Than 100 Dpi

Oct 22, 2012

Our local agency has come up with a requirement that CAD-generated drawings be submitted to them as 200 dpi TIF files, of between 300kb and 900kb. They do not accept dwg, dwf, or even pdf.

When we create a new plotter in AutoCAD, using any of the raster file formats, setup for the format only allows 100dpi. You can create larger numbers of pixels, 1024x768 vs 1600x1200, for example, but that is not translating into higher resolution.

We have tried the route of printing to pdf, then converting to TIF, but the file sizes are coming out far too large.

If we are unable to find a solution, I guess we can always print to hardcopy and then scan to tif. In 1996 I would have been happy to do that, but not now.

Our specific version of AutoCAD is AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013, but I am sure this is more a generic AutoCAD issue.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Print / Plot Preview Shows Section Of Drawing

Jan 20, 2012

I'm using autocad 2000 and I have a problem printing & plotting.  The print, plot preview only shows a section of the drawing. What settings do I need to change for the entire drawing to print for the paper size I need.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Change Plot Setup To Multiple Sheets For Use With Batch Plot

May 21, 2013

I have one drawing per file at model tab. When I need to plot a multiple page file, I use:

Print > Batch Plot.

The problem is that I have to set plot configurations ( plot style table, plot area, paper size, etc) in each file before use Batch Plot.

Now I received 722 files with a wrong Plot Style Table. For this time I change the associated *.ctb file at Plot Style folder, but I will need to associate the right *.ctb to each drawing. It's also common to have to change other properties.

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AutoCAD Architecture :: Old Tool Palette Has Replaced 2014 Tool Palette?

Jul 17, 2013

For some reason, the tool palette I usually use is not accessible. I opened a drawing that a co-worker was using and my tool palette now looks like an old version - it doesn't have any of my custom tools in it. How do I get back my tool palette??

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CorelDRAW X3 :: Make Custom Palette Using Eyedropper Tool?

Feb 26, 2012

Is there a way to make a custom palette using the eyedropper tool?  I've made a palette from an object, but it has too many colors.  I've also made individual color swatches with the dropper, but I can't select them when  using the Mesh Tool.  Is there a way to make a color palette with the eyedropper tool that will work with the Mesh Tool?

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AutoCAD 2013 :: How To Add Script To Toolbar Button From The Server

Feb 21, 2013

I'm trying to add a script to toolbar button from the server. The macro I'using is


The message I take from autocad is "CANT FIND FILE"

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AutoCad :: How To Get Rid Of Message When Hover Over Custom Toolbar Button

Mar 3, 2010

when I hover the cursor over my own custom toolbar buttons, I get the message "Press F1 for more help" you can then go to F1 but that only for Autocad commands not my own programs. My question is how can I get rid of the message "Press F1 for more help" when the cursor is over my custom program buttons?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Positioning Button On Quick Access Toolbar?

Mar 11, 2013

I am trying to add a button to the Quick Access Toolbar in Inventor 2013 Professional.  The button shows up, but it is always at the end of the toolbar.  I want it to appear befor the Open button.

Here is what I am doing:
CommandControls AssemblyQATControls = oAssemblyRibbon.QuickAccessControls;CommandControls PartQATControls = oPartRibbon.QuickAccessControls; // Add  Mybutton to Quick Access Toolbars.AssemblyQATControls.AddButton(Mybutton, false, true, "Open", true);PartQATControls.AddButton(Mybutton, false, true, "Open", true);

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AutoCAD 2010 :: Button Images On Custom Toolbar Do Not Display

Aug 28, 2013

I have a custom toolbar that I've used for years in an olderversion of CAD. Now I'm in 2012 and loaded my custom toolbar in from my previous CUI. Naturally it dropped in all question marks even though I have all paths in the support file added. I even copied all my bitmaps to autodesk's default bitmap location. Neither work. 

So after that I went into the CUI and manually selected the bitmap image for "small image" and "large image". It shows in the CUI now, but no luck on the main board. (also, not that this matters, must be a glitch but it won't even show in the CUI until i manually select another bitmap and reselect my origional desired image)

So then I tried taking the whole path and copying it into the CUI manually but it goes right back to defaulting to (MYIMAGENAME.BMP) without keeping the extension. My other custom toolbars loaded with all the pictures but this one just refuses to cooperate.

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AutoCAD 2013 :: How To Continue User Input In Toolbar Button

Dec 10, 2012

I made a toolbar button with the macros @, and tried also @ pause.

I need this in order to shorten the procedure for relative coordinate input, but, after pressing the button the last point is entered and i cannot continue entering values like in the manual input at the command like, like: @5,5

Even if i use the "@ pause " sequence it doesn't work.

How to wait for user input?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Mac Doesn't Allow For Proper Printing On Their Plot Style Setting

Aug 29, 2013

I am a Mac user and new to AutoCAD. I am enrolled in a CAD class this semester and the instructor for my session is requiring Windows. Supposedly this is because AutoCAD for Mac does not allow for proper printing on their plot style setting. 

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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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Sharing Plot Files 64bit With 32bit Machine?

Aug 21, 2012

Can users with a 64 bit computer share pc3's and pmp's with 32 bit users without adverse effects?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Publish To DWFx Plot Stamp Layer

Aug 29, 2011

When I publish a drawing as a multipage DWFx (or PDF for that matter) with "Include Layer Information" selected, the Plot Stamp (Simple Date/Time and Text) comes out but on different layers on different layouts.

First Layout : Plotstamp resides on Layer 0
Second Layout: Plotstamp resides on Layer 3P
Third Layout: EQPT-VC

Some general information:
Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 64bit
Autodesk DesignReview - 2012
Adobe Acrobat X Professional

Layer 0 Is thawed/plotable and on in all layouts, viewports all layers, viewports.  It has at least one entity per layout

Is there anyway to rectify this and still use the built-in Plot Stamp?

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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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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Plot Results From Paperspace Are Different From Model Space?

Jan 17, 2013

I have several objects on various layers in model space and they are exposed through a viewport in a paperspace layout. I also have a corporate CTB plot style.

Here is my problem: If i plot the objects from model space, they all plot with the correct lineweights as defined in our corporate CTB, but when i plot them from the paperspace layout, some but not all objects plot with a heavier lineweight than what is defined in the CTB.

I thought the CTB was supposed to override any settings applied to individual objects, but more importantly, why the different results, on the same objects, depending upon the space from which they're plotted?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Publish Vs Plot - Image Shifts And Border Cut Off

Aug 13, 2012

I have found that when I Publish, the drawing comes out shifted about 1/8" down and 1/8" left as compared to when I use Plot. Which of course is just enough to cut off the sheet border which is 1/2" from the paper edge. I am using the same Page Setup for both Publish and Plot, same drawing.

This is to an Oce TDS600, and it only happens with 15x21 paper size. All paper sizes are set to 0" border. Probably an Oce issue, but have any of you seen this before?

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Poor Plot Quality With Aerial In 2012?

Aug 8, 2012

I recently upgraded from 2010 to 2012 and when trying to plot, using the very same page setups as before the upgrade, the quality (or resolution) of the plot is very poor and pixelated.  I am using very high resolution aerial imagery.  The output is not at all high resolution (totally pixelated, not presentable as professional).   It seems like AutoCAD is reducing the image quality now.  Is this a system variable that can be adjusted? 

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: KIP 3100 With 2011 Heidi Driver Crashes Upon Plot Preview

Sep 1, 2011

AutoCAD Architecture 2011
Windows 7 x64

Created new PC3 for KIP 3100 plotter using its AutoCAD Heidi driver for Win7x64. Upon plot preview the following error occurs.

This causes a crash report which has been submitted to Autodesk.  The response was to install service pack 2.  Error still occurs after installing the service pack.

Using the non-AutoCAD driver works.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Cannot Choose Plotter In Plot Manager

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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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: DWG To PDF - Lines Plot As Gray Instead Of Black?

May 9, 2011

Unfortunately I am using ACAD 2000 so bear with me and the only ACAD training I have is a 3 day crash course at the local software reseller.

I am attempting to plot a drawing that was created from a template into a .pdf but it is plotting colored lines instead of black lines. 

Here is some background info.  My template is set up as a .dwt which I will save as a .dwg when I begin to make my drawings.  Plot style table is “monochrome.stb” and I have selected Adobe .pdf as my plotter configuration.  I then select the “Properties” then go to “Custom Properties”, “Paper/Quality” tab and then select “Black & White” as my color.

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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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: 2004 - Set To Plot To File / How To Change

Aug 14, 2012

2004 and how to turn "plot to file" off?  Any time they go to plot the plot to file is already set and grayed out.  It has been way too long since 2004 and I don't know where to have them look although I assume it is in Options somewhere.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Application Terminates When Plot Command Is Given

Apr 27, 2012

I'm using autocad 2011 LT License version 5 users & autocad 2012 Lt License Version 5 users.I have got a HP Laserjet 5200 printer, when i give a plot command from one of the workstation having autocad 2012 lt

the application gets terminated automatically every time.This issue is only with a single client having 2012LT all other autocad LT 2012 workstations in the same network plots w/o any complaint.

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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Layers Turned Off Plot Unless They Are Frozen?

Sep 13, 2013

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.

Here is the problem:

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.

Things we have tried:

Set Visretain=1
Used the “Publish” command.
Set Layerevalctl=0 or 1

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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AutoCAD Print / Plot :: Delay In Plot Manager Window

Feb 18, 2013

I have a network with Windows XP and Windows 7.

Printers: from HP 5000 series to a KIP 3000.
CAD,from 2008 to 2012 versions.ALL of the PCs are having this strange behaviour:Open a drawing, Press File then Plot and..

Scenario 1: if the KIP3000 is online then plotting window comes in few seconds, a normal, decent delay!
Scenario 2: if the KIP 3000 is offline then plotting can be delayed to minutes!!!

Downloaded the drivers from KIP web site, installed and tested, prints fine once the above issue with delay is sorted! I’m guessing that is something built-in CAD, pre-emptive, background checks running for printers status when you attempt to plot to the printer / plotter !

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