I was doing some early spring cleaning on my backup drive and found some old remnants of past AutoCAD and Inventor macros that I thought would be cool to share. I’m going to share these one per blog post. None of these are really functional anymore and some only exist as saved screenshots but it’s neat to see what’s possible with some good ole’ fashion, down and dirty coding. You can read the 1st part of this blog post series here.
This is the 2nd macro I want to share with you, AutoCAD Batch Plot. This macro was the basis for the conceptual idea behind my Swift Prints Inventor add-in. Printing from any CAD application, including AutoCAD isn’t very painful but it still takes quite a few mouse clicks to get the plot settings you desire. This macro pre-configured standard plots to the printers in use. Settings for size, orientation and scale, and other settings were preset. A user only had to select the desired paper size and how many copies they needed to print the AutoCAD drawing.
At the time, this macro was really advanced as far as offering some very quick methods to plotting an entire drawing package. The macro batch plotted an entire drawing package as a bid or construction package which was limited to 8.5X11 or 11X17 plots. Drawings were limited to this size as faxing was the standard method at the time for transmitting drawings to suppliers. The macro worked by the user first copying all the files into either one of two folders named, for 8.5X11 or 11X17. Once the macro was launched it would traverse the folders plotting the drawings and deleting the files after a succesful plot was sent. You could plot a few hundred drawings in a few minutes. Of course, printers were a bit slower back in the late 90’s and the few minutes it would take to send the plot could result in an hour or more of actual printing.