IS YOUR AutoCAD OUTPUT obtained using the BEST PRACTICE?

AutoCAD Output: Print and/or Plot and/or Publish – THE WORST: Model Space Output!

I’ve seen it all (or a least most of it): Still, there are some AutoCAD RETRO Users and RETRO Applications Plotting prom the Model Space. The “Great thing” about this is that those people sometimes need to plot at 2 or more scales. So they create a block, SCALE it and then again “cheat” on the dimensions by changing factors accordingly. This is a good example of non-productive “blue collar” work that charges on expensive resources. This “behavior” really creates nothing.

No Data is Created – WHATSOEVER!!!

AutoCAD Output: Print and/or Plot and/or Publish – THE NEXT STEP:

Then, there are those, that Print/Plot/Publish their work from the right place.
That means plotting from the LAYOUT.
Since having bad habits, the LAYOUT is not connected to a specific PAGE SETUP; So, each and every time they go to the Plotting Interface, they need to re-invent the wheel.
Some of them, select the plotting area manually (Window is the most common option in at the RETRO AutoCAD Users). Sometimes the paper and the Output are not similar (not being aware to the benefits of Standards in General and CAD Standards in Particular:
One should only use Standard Media Formats at Standard Dimensions (those are always in inches or in millimeters).

AutoCAD Output

AutoCAD Output: Print and/or Plot and/or Publish – THE BEST PRACTICE:

In any Standard Environment one should have access to a Sheet Creation Template. Such a DWT File, will offer all the Standard Layouts of Your Needs. Each Layout will be paired with a PAGE SETUP – in which all the following is predefined:
The Output Device, the resolution, the plot style table, the Scale (Always 1:1), the Plotting area (Always the Layout) and a bunch of other plot options.
In a Standard Compliant environment, Sheet Files and Reference Files will be totally separated.
The Sheet Files are for Distribution, Plotting and Publishing. The Model Files will be Attached as External References. In such a case, a Sheet File is always ready for output and the model data keeps developing, moving among statuses and so on. The model is always up-to-date in the Sheet Files. You don’t even need AutoCAD in order to Physically create the Output:
Open your Sheet File in DWG TrueView and Plot/Publish to the predefined output device – whether Physical (Hard Copy) or Virtual (PDF/DWF and if you are a RETRO-AutoCAD person – PLT [plot file].

I already wrote about the # of Layouts I prefer in a Sheet File (Click to Read Here)


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