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GoPlot - batch plotting of PLT and PRN files.

A - answer For plotting and printing you my need to process existing plot files (print file) - usually with the .PLT and .PRN extensions. These files are in the format of the particular print device (HPGL2, PCL5, RTL, PS...).

You can print/plot such files with a simple DOS command COPY /B but there is also a much easier and comfortable tool. The free (donationware) utility Govert's GoPlot is a useful tool for controlling print queues of plotters and printers. You can use it to prepare large queues of print jobs - suitable e.g. for fast HP DesignJet plotters or HP Edgeline printers.

The GoPlot utility allows to simply add PLT/PRN files to the plot queue (with mouse dragging, or importing a file list), set the print order, number of copies, media type, margins and other print parameters. You can also force cutting, printing of job seperation banners, displaying job name (or shortened job name) on the plotter panel, or choose a roll on multi-roll plotter versions. You can also postpone your print job - schedule it for later time.

The GoPlot Plus environment

The GoPlot download link can be found on

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30.8.2007    24153x   FAQ  
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applies to: AutoCAD · Revit · Inventor ·

See also:
Tip 10461:Unattended DWG plotting and PDF publishing without AutoCAD.
Tip 9147:Batch publishing to PDF uses different margins than single prints.
Tip 8788:Batch unification of page setups in DWG files.
Tip 8499:Batch change of page setups and purging in DWG files.
Tip 8425:Batch print for multiple drawings, multiple printers and copies.

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