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AutoCAD Add a Plotter Wizard

When creating printable plot (.PLT) files from AutoCAD you are sending the plot to a "logical" or "dummy" plotter. The plotter does not actually exist but you can use the plotter configuration settings to create a file in a format specific to that plotter. To create PLT files, all you need to do is to add a plotter driver and then configure it to plot to a file rather than to a physical plotter. We recommend using the Hewlett Packard Designjet 755cm C3189A plotter driver as it had little or no compatibility issues with our large format printing software.

Although AutoCAD does not automatically install all available drivers for you when the software is installed, all the necessary files are copied to your hard disk during a standard installation. In fact, all you need to do is to follow a simple wizard.

To add a plotter to AutoCAD so that it appears as an option in the Plot dialogue box, you must use the Add Plotter wizard. Depending on your version of AutoCAD your choices may differ slightly from those presented here.
  1. Select Tools=>Wizards=>Add Plotter from the pull-down menu. You will see the Add Plotter Introduction Page, which tells you a little about the wizard. Click the Next button to continue.
  2. You will now see the Begin page. This page asks you to specify the type of plotter you want to add. Select the "My Computer" option and click the Next button.
  3. The next page is the Plotter Model page. Select "Hewlett Packard" from the Manufacturers list. You should now see a number of options in the list of models. Select the "Designjet 755cm C3189A" model and then click the Next button.
  4. The next page you see is the Import Pcp or Pc2 page. This page is specifically for physical plotter configuration and is of no interest to us here. Click Next to continue.
  5. The next page is the Ports page and this is where we tell AutoCAD how to deal with the output of the plotting process. You must select the "Plot to File" option. This is important because it will force AutoCAD to plot to file by default and avoid the possibility of inadvertently sending your plot to your printer port. Click the Next button to continue.
  6. The penultimate page is the Plotter Name page. This is where you assign the name that will be displayed in the Plot dialogue box when selecting the plot device so make sure that is inadvertently something descriptive. For example, "DPI Plot to File" would be a good choice so that you can easily recall which plot driver to use to create the files to send to us. Enter a suitable name for your plotter and click Next
  7. Finally, the Finish page gives you the option of editing the plotter configuration or calibrating the plotter. Since these options relate mainly to physical plotters, we need not concern ourselves with them. Simply click the Next button to complete the process.