Did You Know? Add and Edit Plotter Configurations with Plotter Manager in AutoCAD

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Question: What is the best way to manage plotter configurations in AutoCAD?

Expert Solution from David Cohn, CADLearning’s Senior Content Manager: Use the Plotter Manager tool to add or edit plotter configurations.

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To display the Plotter Manager, on the Output ribbon, in the Plot panel, click the Plotter Manager button. You can also access the Plotter Manager from the Application menu, by choosing Print > Manage Plotters.

The Plotter Manager is actually a Windows Explorer window. By default, it opens to the folder containing the plotter configurations, which are saved as either PC3 or PC2 files. To add and configure a new plotter, double-click the Add-A-Plotter Wizard. This starts the Add Plotter wizard, which will step you through the process of adding a new plotter. In many offices, this would be done by your CAD manager or someone from your IT department. Understand that these steps would vary, depending on your specific plotter and system configuration.

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The first step is to select whether the plotter you are adding is connected to your computer, is somewhere else on your network, or is actually a system printer.

On the Plotter Model page, you select the manufacturer in the column on the left, and then specify the plotter model in the column on the right. If your specific plotter does not appear in these lists, but you received a disk or downloaded a driver from the manufacturer’s website, you can click the Have Disk button and then locate and install the plotter driver.

If you had previously saved plotter configuration information from an older version of the program as a PCP or PC2 file, you could import that file now. On the Ports page, you need to select the port to which the plotter is connected.

On the Plotter Name page, you can enter the name you want to use to identify this plotter.

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On the final page, you can click the Edit Plotter Configuration button to display a Plotter Configuration Editor dialog, in which you can modify various settings.

Back in the Add-A-Plotter wizard, you can also click the Calibrate Plotter button to perform a plot calibration test.

When you are finished adding and configuring your new plotter, click the Finish button and the new plotter has been added to the list. If you double-click a plotter in the list, the program displays the Plotter Configuration Editor dialog, so that you can modify various settings for that plotter. This is the same dialog that displayed when you clicked the Edit Plotter Configuration button in the wizard.


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