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Device and Document Settings Tab (Plotter Configuration Editor)

Device and Document Settings Tab (Plotter Configuration Editor)

Controls many of the settings in the plotter configuration (PC3) file.

Click the icon for any of the nodes to view and change its settings.

When you change a setting, your changes appear in angle brackets (< ) next to the
setting name. A check mark is also displayed over the icon of the node with a changed
value.

NOTE:

Only the settings available for the configured device are displayed in the tree view.
In addition, you might not be able to edit some settings if the device handles the
setting through Custom Properties or doesn’t support the capability.

List of Options

The following options are displayed.

Media Node

Specifies a paper source, size, type, and destination. Available settings depend on
the supported features of your configured plotter. For Windows system printers, you
must configure the media settings using the Custom Properties node.

Source and Size

Specifies the paper source and size.

  • Source: Specifies the paper source; for example, sheet-fed or roll-fed. If you specify a
    tray, you can select the type of tray.
  • Width: Specifies the width of the paper roll for a roll-fed source.
  • Automatic: Enables the printer to specify the appropriate paper source.
  • Size: Displays a list of available paper sources and both standard and custom paper sizes.
  • Printable Bounds: Displays the print boundaries.
Media Type

Displays a list of the media types supported by the plotter configuration.

Duplex Printing

Determines double-sided printing and binding margin. Binding margin options are available
only for plotters that support duplex printing.

  • None: Indicates no double-sided printing.
  • Short Side: Places the binding margin on the short side of the paper.
  • Long Side: Places the binding margin on the long side of the paper.
Media Destination

Displays a list of available media destinations for the configured plotter, such as
collating, cutting, and stapling. These options are available only for plotters that
support this function.

Physical Pen Configuration Node (for Pen Plotters Only)

Controls the specific pens in the pen plotter. The lower pane of the Device and Document
Settings tab displays a table used to describe the color, width, and speed of each
pen in the plotter.

NOTE:

The physical pen information cannot be detected automatically; you must provide this
information for your pen plotter under Physical Pen Characteristics.

Pen Configuration

Specifies settings for pen plotters.

  • Prompt for Pen Swapping: Use more than one pen while plotting on a single-pen plotter. Under Physical Pen
    Characteristics, you can specify settings for as many pens as you want. You are prompted
    when you need to change pens.
  • Area Fill Correction: Enables the program to compensate for pen widths when plotting filled areas and wide
    polylines. Each polygon is shrunk by half of the width of the pen used to draw it.
    This option prevents the plotter from oversizing the filled area when using a wide
    pen and ensures precision. Use this option if the plot must be accurate to half the
    pen width, such as in printed circuit artwork.
  • Pen Optimization Level: Reduces plot time and increases the efficiency of the pens by optimizing the pen
    motion. For example, you can prevent pens from retracing duplicate lines. If your
    drawing uses many colors or widths, you can reduce the time needed to change pens
    by selecting Adds Pen Sorting. Every object that uses a particular pen will be plotted
    before switching to another pen. Each method in the list includes the optimization
    methods preceding it in the list (except for No Optimization).
Physical Pen Characteristics

To plot your drawing correctly on a pen plotter, you need to provide information about
the pens in your plotter. For each pen in your plotter, specify a color and width.
To optimize pen performance, you can specify a speed.

NOTE:

This information is required; the physical pen information cannot be detected automatically.

  • Color: Specifies the colors of the pens in your plotter. The pen color that closely matches
    the object’s color is selected. You can assign colors to your pens that correspond
    to each object’s color. Use the Color list to select one of the following settings:
    No Pen, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue, Magenta, Black, or Other. If you choose Other,
    the Select Color dialog box is displayed, providing access to the full color palette.
    Use No Pen to indicate that there is no pen in a particular position.
  • Speed: Adjusts pen speed on a pen-by-pen basis. This feature is useful, for example, for
    slowing down pens that are skipping. Each pen manufacturer recommends a pen speed
    for each type of media. For best results, use those values. You can specify a pen
    speed in millimeters or inches per second.
  • Width: Specifies the width of your pens so the program can determine if multiple pen strokes
    are needed to draw wide lines. You can specify the pen width in inches or millimeters.
    Be sure to select the pen width to match the actual width of the pen. The list provides
    a set of common pen widths.

Specifying pen characteristics here doesn’t replace the pen tables you might have
imported from PCP, PC2, or CFG files from AutoCAD Release 14, AutoCAD LT آ® 98, or earlier releases. For more information about importing these settings, see
“Change Plot Style Settings,â€‌ in the User’s VCade.

Graphics Node

Specifies settings for printing vector graphics, raster graphics, and TrueType text.
Depending on the capabilities of the plotter, you can modify color depth, resolution,
and dithering. You can select either color or monochrome output for vector drawings.
When printing raster images on a plotter with limited memory, you can improve performance
by making some changes to the quality of the printed output. If you use a nonsystem
plotter that supports varying amounts of installed RAM, you can provide that information
to improve performance.

Installed Memory

Provides the program with the amount of total memory (RAM) installed on a nonsystem
plotter. This option is only available for nonWindows system printers that accept
optional memory. If your plotter has extra memory, specify the total amount of memory.

  • Total Installed Memory: Specifies the total installed memory in megabytes. The plotter driver uses the memory
    information to determine whether banding or image quality degradation is required
    to prevent the system from running out of memory.
Vector Graphics

Provides options for specifying the color depth, resolution, and dithering of vector
output. Some of the Vector Graphics options are closely interrelated; changing an
option can affect other available options.

  • Color Depth: Displays a list for choosing color depth for the configured plotter. The color depth
    options change as you change the resolution and dithering values. More color depth
    uses more memory and takes longer to plot. You can specify either color or monochrome
    output.
  • Resolution: Adjusts the DPI (dots per inch) resolution of the configured plotter. Changing the
    DPI resolution changes the options available in the Dithering list. A higher resolution
    setting uses more memory and takes longer to plot than a lower resolution setting.

  • Dithering: Specifies a dithering choice for non-pen-based plotters. Some dithering choices cause
    slower plotting.
Raster Graphics (Non-Pen Plotters Only)

Specifies trade-offs between plotting speed and output quality when plotting raster
objects on raster devices. If you reduce the image quality, you increase output speed.
If your system resources are limited, reducing image quality can reduce the chance
of running out of memory while plotting.

  • Raster and Shaded/Rendered Viewports: Specifies a position on the slider that balances output quality with memory and plotting
    speed when plotting raster images and shaded viewports (rendered viewport plotting
    is not available in AutoCAD LT). Position the slider at None to disable raster image
    printing. Degrading the image quality lets you plot in less time. Position the slider
    at Best for the best output at the expense of memory and plotting speed.
  • OLE: Specifies a position on the slider that balances output quality with memory use and
    plotting speed when plotting OLE objects. Position the slider at None to disable OLE
    object printing. Degrading the image quality lets you plot in less time. Position
    the slider at Best for the best output at the expense of memory and plotting speed.

  • Trade-off: Specifies where to compromise quality if you can’t output at the highest quality.
    Move the slider to diminish resolution and color.
TrueType Text

On Windows system printers, specifies whether to plot TrueType text as a graphic image
or as text.

Plotting as a graphic guarantees that the text is printed as displayed, at the expense
of slowing down the plotter and using more memory. Plotting as TrueType text prints
faster and uses less memory; the plotter may use a different font for printing.

  • TrueType as Text: Plots TrueType text as text.
  • TrueType as Graphics: Plots TrueType text as graphics.
Merge Control

On raster plotters, controls the appearance of lines that cross. Merge control is
not effective if your plotter is configured to plot everything as black or if you
are using PostScript language.

  • Lines Overwrite: Uses the last plotted line to obscure the lines under it. Only the topmost line is
    visible at the intersection.
  • Lines Merge: Merges the colors of crossing lines.
NOTE:

Merge control may appear as an option for system printers that do not actually support
the feature. Please check your printer’s documentation to determine if merge control
is supported.

Custom Properties Node

Modifies the device-specific properties for the plotter configuration. The settings
for each plotter vary. If the plotter manufacturer has not included a Custom Properties
dialog box for the device driver, the Custom Properties option is not available.

For some drivers, such as ePlot, this is the only tree view option that is displayed.
For Windows system printers, most of the device-specific settings are made in this
dialog box. For more information about the custom properties settings for your device,
choose Help in the Custom Properties dialog box.

Initialization Strings Node (for Non-System Plotters Only)

Sets pre-initialization, post-initialization, and termination ASCII text plotter strings,
which send commands to a plotting device before and after the program initializes
the device and after plotting is complete.

If you are plotting to an unsupported plotter in emulation mode, you can specify ASCII
text initialization strings that prepare the plotter for printing, set device-specific
options, and restore the plotter to its original state. You can also use initialization
strings to turn on or off a plotting device feature that is not supported by the program.

The text string is sent literally, except for a back slash (). Use a back slash followed
by a three-digit number (taken from the ASCII table), for example, 027, to specify
binary (unprintable) characters such as the escape character. 027 is interpreted and
sent as a single character whose value is 27. The number 27 is the escape character.
For example, 27%-12345X PJL ENTER LANGUAGE = PostScript10 sends an HP PJL command
to a dual-language laser printer before it’s initialized and switches the printer
into PostScript mode. The 027 sends an escape character and the 010 sends a line feed
character. The remainder of the text string is sent literally. It is best to use three
decimal digits for binary characters, so you’ll need to add leading zeros as necessary.

Initialization strings should be used by advanced users only.

Pre-Initialization

Forces a plotter to emulate another plotter by sending a pre-initialization ASCII
text string to the plotter before it is initialized.

Use a back slash followed by a three-digit number (taken from the ASCII table), for
example, 027, to specify binary (unprintable) characters such as the escape character.

Post-Initialization

Sets a device-specific option that is not supported elsewhere in the program. Specify
a post-initialization ASCII text string that is sent to the plotter after it is initialized.

Use a back slash followed by a three-digit number (taken from the ASCII table), for
example, 027, to specify binary (unprintable) characters such as the escape character.

Termination

Restores the printer to its original state after plotting. Specify a termination ASCII
text string that is sent to the plotter after plotting is complete.

Use a back slash followed by a three-digit number (taken from the ASCII table), for
example, 027, to specify binary (unprintable) characters such as the escape character.

User-Defined Paper Sizes & Calibration Node

Attaches a PMP file to the PC3 file, calibrates the plotter, and adds, deletes, revises,
or filters custom paper sizes. You can also modify standard paper sizes. This node
accesses the Plotter Calibration and Custom Paper Size wizards. If the plotter you
are using has been calibrated, a Plotter Model Parameter (PMP) file contains that
calibration information. If the PMP file is not already attached to the PC3 file you
are editing, you must create that association so you can use the PMP file. If the
plotter was calibrated from within the Add-a-Plotter wizard while creating the current
PC3 file, the PMP file is already attached. Use the PMP File Name option under User-defined
Paper Sizes & Calibration to attach a PMP file to, or detach the PMP file from, the
PC3 file you are editing.

Custom Paper Sizes (Nonsystem Printers Only)

Creates a customized paper size or changes the printable area of a standard or nonstandard
paper size.

With the Custom Paper Size wizard you can create a new paper size, or select from
a list of available paper sizes (from a PMP file) if the plotter is not a Windows
system printer. If the plotter is a Windows system printer, use Custom Properties.

Each plotter has a maximum printable area determined by where it grips the paper and
how far the pen shuttle can reach. If you are creating a paper size that is larger
than the paper sizes offered in the Plotter Configuration Editor, verify that the
plotter is capable of plotting the new dimensions.

  • Add: Starts the Custom Paper Size wizard. When you add a paper size, you can either create
    a new paper size from scratch or create a new one based on the listing of available
    paper sizes for the selected configured plotter. The new paper size is a user-defined
    size, not a standard size.
  • Delete: Deletes the selected custom paper size from the list.
  • Edit: Starts the Custom Paper Size wizard, where you can modify the selected paper size.
    You can change any of the custom paper size settings.
NOTE:

For Windows system printers, you can change the paper size settings and create custom
paper sizes only in the Custom Properties dialog box.

Modify Standard Paper Sizes

Adjusts the printable area for standard paper sizes to match the printer’s capabilities.
(You can’t create custom paper sizes for Windows system printers using the Plotter
Configuration Editor.)

  • List of Standard Paper Sizes: Displays the available set of standard paper sizes.
  • Modify: Starts the Custom Paper Size wizard. You can modify Printable Area and File Name.
    The new paper size is a user-defined size, not a standard size.
Filter Paper Sizes

Filters the list of paper sizes displayed for the plotting device selected in the
Plot and Page Setup dialog boxes. The list of paper sizes is displayed on the Plot
Settings tab in the Plot dialog box and on the Layout Settings tab in the Page Setup
dialog box.

Select the paper sizes you want to display for this device.

  • Check All: Hides all the paper sizes for the device.
  • Uncheck All: Displays all the paper sizes for the device.
Plotter Calibration

Starts the Plotter Calibration wizard. If you need to correct scaling discrepancies,
you can adjust the plotter calibration using the Plotter Calibration wizard. See “Calibrate
Plotters and Work with Custom Paper Sizesâ€‌ in the Driver and Peripheral VCade.

NOTE:

You should perform a plotter calibration only if your drawings must be exactly to
scale and your plotter or printer produces inaccurate plots. Plotter Calibration causes
the program to rescale all plots sent to your plotter. If your plotter provides a
calibration utility, it is recommended that you use it instead of the utility supplied
with this program.

PMP File

Attaches a PMP file to or detaches a PMP file from the PC3 file you are editing. Use
the Detach button to break the association between the PMP file and the PC3 file.

  • Attach: Attaches a PMP file to the PC3 file. You can reuse calibration and custom paper size
    data stored in the PMP file.
  • Save PMP: Saves a PMP file to a new file in the <product namedrv folder.
  • Detach: Detaches the PMP file associated with the PC3 file you are editing.

Import

Imports file information from earlier versions of the program. If you have a PCP or
PC2 file from an earlier version, you can import some of the information in those
files into a PC3 file. PC3 files store plotter name, port information, pen optimization
level, paper size, and resolution.

Save As

Saves a PC3 File to a new file name.

Defaults

Restores the settings on the Device and Document Settings tab back to the default
settings.

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