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Batch Plot DWG About

Batch Plot DWG is a comprehensive set of utilities designed to execute repetitive tasks quickly and easily. Plotting and converting batches of AutoCAD drawings are some of the most popular tasks included in the program.
The program is equipped with a self-explanatory and user friendly interface that preserves user's options for the next time it runs.
It features several modes to select files to work with, notably: drag and drop, loading Excel lists, or searching for files in selected folders.
It is designed to save time and money; an indispensable program to every CAD manager and AutoCAD user.

Try it now by downloading the version that corresponds to your AutoCAD version.
 

Batch Plot DWG Features and Benefits

- High performance: average plot creation speed 25 drawings/min*
- There is no need to spend time creating AutoCAD page setups. The settings you select on the program menu are applied to each drawing in the batch.
- Supports ctb and stb plot styles, that can be applied to all drawings in the batch.
- Batch converts DWG files to other file formats (BMP, DXF, EPS, JPG, PNG, SAT, WMF and PDF).
- Six efficient modes to select files to work with:
a. drag and drop drawing files from Windows Explorer,
b. load list from Excel,
c. load list from Excel automatically,
d. search folders for drawings,
e. all open drawings,
f. active drawing only

- Flexible Model / Paper Space Options:
Active Space,
Model Space Only,
Paper Space Only,
All Paper Layouts,
Model + All Paper Layouts

- Drawing orientation: Auto Select, Portrait or Landscape
- The list in Drag and Drop and Search Folders can be sorted by clicking on the column name so that drawings are plotted in alphabetical order.
- In the Drag and Drop and Search Folders tabs the user can export the list of files to Excel for future use.
- All settings are saved between sessions
 

Batch Plot DWG Usage

-To use the program, first launch AutoCAD, then launch Batch DWG by browsing the menu: All Programs, Office Optimum, Batch DWG.
 
Then, please follow these simple instructions describing each item on the program interface:
1-First, select files to work with in Files Selection tab.
There are 6 modes to select files. In the Files Selection menu, select the tab corresponding to your needs. Ex:
    a. Drag and Drop files from Windows Explorer to the program interface.
If you change your mind, you can double click to remove some of the files from the list.
Note that if you drag and drop files of incompatible format they will be skipped when the batch process starts.

    b. Load List from Excel from an Excel file. To use this mode you first need to have the drawing list open in Excel, then to click Select Excel File button; a window will pop-up showing all open Excel files. Select the appropriate Excel file. Next, enter the sheet number where the list is located in the Excel file (ex.: enter 1 if the list is in the first sheet). Specify the column to read from in the From Column field by entering the column letter or column number.
If the paths of the files are included in the list, select File locations are specified in the selected Excel file option.  This is an example of such list:

Batch Plot DWG
 

If the paths of the files are not included in the list, select Use folder option and click Select folder button to browse to the folder where drawings are located.  This is an example of such list:
Batch Plot DWG

At the end the batch process, the cells in the Excel file will be marked in green and red; files successfully plotted will be marked in green, files not found in red and duplicates will be left unchanged.
Note that duplicate files in the Excel list will not be plotted unless Print Duplicates option is set to Yes.

    c. Load List from Excel Auto Works in a similar manner as the above mode but with the difference that the Excel files can be placed in a particular folder.
Once you press the Start Batch button, the program will start watching the specified folder.
As soon as a new Excel file is placed in the folder, the program will read the list of drawings, open each of them and process them according the action selected in one of the Action tabs bellow.

    d. Search Folder mode. To use this mode, first decide if you need to check the Include SubFolders or not. Then, click Select folder button and browse to the folder where drawings are located. All drawings found will be listed in the lower window. You can click Select folder button again and add files from other folders to the list.  If you wish, you can double click to remove some of the files from the list.

    e. All Open Drawings allows you to process all currently open dwg files. You have the option to close all files when finished (without saving).

     f. Active Drawings mode plots only the active dwg file.

- The list in Drag and Drop and Search Folders can be sorted by clicking on the column name so that drawings are plotted in alphabetical order. Click again to sort in reverse order.
- In the Drag and Drop and Search Folders tabs the user can export the list of files to Excel for future use.

2-Select an action, ex: Plot / Export, Zip, etc (For a complete list, please see the How Tos section on this page). If you wish to plot, you then need to select a plot device from the list of available printers and plotters.
At the bottom of the list there are options to export DWG to other file formats.
Select the desired media size; all selected documents will be printed on the same paper size. Optionally, select a plot style.

If you selected a driver to export the DWG files to other file formats, you need to specify the Exported File Location.
You can either use initial AutoCAD file location or select another folder.
Note that Export to file check box is automatically selected for you.

3-Select Plot Area, Drawing Orientation, Model / Paper Space and Number of Copies Options if necessary. Using Extents for the plot area is most useful. The Auto Select option will automatically select portrait or landscape orientation according to each drawing format.

4-Finally, click the Start Batch button to start the batch. The options selected will be applied to all drawings.
You can click the Exit/Cancel button to stop a running batch process.
 

Batch Plot DWG Screenshots

Drag and Drop mode
Batch Plot DWG Drag Drop mode

 

Load List from Excel mode
Batch Plot DWG Load List from Excel mode

 

Search Folders mode
Batch Plot DWG Search Folders mode

 

Batch results example
Batch Plot DWG Drag Drop mode

 

Batch Plot DWG How Tos

How to batch export / convert DWG files to PDF or other file formats

In the Plot / Export mode, select DWG to PDF.pc3, Pdf Creator, Acrobat PDF printer or other PDF converters. Make sure Export is checked and Send plot files together is unchecked. Similarly, you can convert DWG file format to BMP, DXF, EPS, JPG, SAT or WMF by selecting the respective item in the Plot Devices / Export to list.


How to Replace Text and attributes in batches of AutoCAD documents.

There are two ways available for providing find and replace text information.
- You can enter one pair of find and replace text in the two fields provided.
(Leave the Find Text field empty to search for all text.)
-The second method is to provide a list of multiple pairs of find and replace text in an Excel file. The Excel list needs two columns, one with find text and another with replace text.

Change the sheet options or text options if necessary.
Select the Preview button to see how the text will be modified or to simply search for text and press the Start Batch button to execute the preview.
In the Batch Results tab you can see all the text items found and what changes will be made to them.

Finally, if future changes are as expected, select the Replace button then Start Batch button to execute the replacement of text.
Changes made to the files cannot be undone!
Make sure your files are backed up.

-The user can selectively search and replace in the following areas:
Text and Mtext in Model Space
Text and Mtext in Paper Space
Text and Mtext in Block Definitions
Attributes in Model Space
Attributes in Paper Space

There is an important difference between the two operating modes: Preview and Replace.
Preview mode searches for text and displays the found text and the new text as will be modified but does not save any modification to the drawings.
This mode allows to see how and what text will be modified without actually modifying anything.
The Replace mode also shows the old text and the new text but also saves the modifications to the drawings.
-After a preview, each matching text item is listed and selected for replacement, but user is given the option to unselect some of the text items before the batch replacement starts.

-Search and replace text can be applied to AutoCAD Drawing (dwg) and AutoCAD Drawing Template (dwt) files.

The results tab gives a detail report of the changes to each document and text item. Each text item is listed on a separate line which shows the file name and its path, the old text and the new text.
Occasionally you will notice formatting characters within the text (Ex. \P). They can be ignored as they are only displayed in the Results tab; AutoCAD uses them to format the text.


How to Export System Variables from drawings

You can list all AutoCAD system variables using the System Variables tab in Batch Plot DWG after selecting one or more drawings. Once the list is created, you can either review and compare the data in the Batch Results tab or you can export it to Excel by selecting the desired lines and pressing Ctrl + C or by pressing the Export to Excel button.

Using this method you can quickly compare variables between templates and problematic drawings in order to spot the differences.


How to Purge and Audit multiple drawings

Select your drawings using the preferred method in Batch Plot DWG, then click Purge and Audit tab. Select the purge and/or audit checkboxes as necessary. The program will perform the actions in this order: purge all, audit and fix errors, purge all a second time.

Attention! Changes made to files cannot be undone. Make sure your files are backed up and that unused objects in your drawings are no longer needed.


How to List Block Definitions (including all nested ones and xrefs) from multiple drawings

This tool is useful for searching your block libraries, archiving blocks and analyzing their general and dynamic properties.
It creates a detailed report about all blocks in the selected drawings.
The report includes block definitions’ names and block references’ names, all block properties and, optionally, a list of all entities inside blocks and their properties. Since model and paper spaces are also blocks the report includes all entities inside them too.
Dynamic property names and their values are valuable inclusions in the report.
Additionally, you can include blocks and their entities from xref files.
The information can be changed in Excel and imported back to the AutoCAD drawing. This way large numbers of block definitions names and the layers of the block references can be changed in a few seconds. The Excel file can then be saved for future use or kept for reference.
The user can determine the exact block content in the AutoCAD file.
By checking the Detect empty block definitions and prompt to delete option you will be prompted to delete each empty block definition found.
Also, if the application encounters a block definition with no name you will be prompted to name it. Blocks with no name are illegal entities in AutoCAD.

In the List Block Definitions tab, select the options that you need and press Start Batch button.

List of properties included in this list:
-Block definition name
-New Block definition name
-Number of entities in block-
-Is XRef
-Is Layout
-Units
-Explodable
-Nested block name
-Object name
-Color
-Layer
-Line type
-Linetype scale
-Line weight
-Plot style name
-Hidden
-Insert units
-Insert units factor


How to Rename Block Definitions

Start by using the List Block Definitions tab to export the block list to Excel.
In the Excel file, change the values in the column New Block definition name with new block names.
Then in order to change the block definitions' names in the dwg file, go to Rename Block Definitions tab and click on Select Excel File button to select the Excel file where the black list was modified. Enter the sheet number, Old Name Column letter (or number) and New Name Column letter (or number).
Next, click on Start Batch button.


How to List Block References from multiple drawings

This tool is useful for searching your block references, archiving blocks, analyzing their dynamic properties names and values and also for listing the attributes’ tags and values.
In the List Block References tab, select the options that you need and click on Start Batch button.

List of properties included in this report:
-Block reference name
-Effective name
-Model or Paper Space
-Layer
-Line type
-Line type scale
-Line weight
-Object name
-Plot style name
-Visible
-Insert units
-Ins units factor
-Rotation
-X Effective scale factor
-X Scale factor
-Y Effective scale factor
-Y Scale factor
-Z Effective scale facto
-Z Scale factor
-Dynamic property name
-Dynamic property value
-Attribute tag
-Attribute text
-Constant attribute tag
-Constant attribute text
-X min WCS coordinate
-Y min WCS coordinate
-Z min WCS coordinate
-X max WCS coordinate
-Y max WCS coordinate
-Z max WCS coordinate
-X center block WCS coordinate
-Y center block WCS coordinate
-Z center block WCS coordinate


How to Arrange Block References by Moving them in Alphabetical Order in a Vertical Column

This tool is useful for archiving and analyzing block references.
In the Arrange Block References tab and click on Start Batch button.


How to Insert All Blocks in a Vertical Column

From the Insert All Blocks tab you can insert all block definitions and their names from the active drawing in the active space.
All blocks are inserted in one column. The dynamic block variants are inserted horizontally, in rows.
This AutoCAD utility helps you keep track of your block libraries and gives a clear view of all dynamic states/variants by listing all the available blocks in the file.
It can also insert text entities as labels with the blocks’ name for easy identification.
Blocks’ names are inserted as text entities in another column beside the blocks, in line with the blocks.


How to List All External Entity Data (XData) from multiple drawings

Select List XData tab, then enter the application name if you need to filter the XData by the application the recorded the information.
Next, click on Start Batch button.


How to Import a Page Setup from Active Drawing to Multiple Drawings

This tool uses the active drawing as source for the page setups.
Select one or more Page Setups from the list.
Press Start Batch to import the selected Page Setups from the active drawing to the drawings selected in the Files Selection area.


How to generate and insert Barcodes in DWG files (or elsewhere in any other document type).

 Batch Plot barcodes QR code mode

Select the BarCodes tab on the program interface, then enter the text to encode and select a barcode type.
You have the option to select among a few linear barcodes (one dimensional) or matrix barcodes (2D barcodes) like PDF417 or QR code.
Next, click on Copy to Clipboard button.
Paste the barcode image in a AutoCAD drawing or in an Excel or Word document.


How to Change path of Xref

This tool changes the path of all the external references in a given drawing to point to a new location.
Select a folder to provide the new Xref path.
Then press Start Batch button.

 

 

* Speed varies depending on factors like file size, network and computer speed.
 

- Pad file location:
http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/BatchPlotDWG2017Setup.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/BatchPlotDWG2016Setup.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/BatchPlotDWG2015Setup.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2014.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2013.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2012.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2011.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2010.xml

http://www.officeoptimum.com/AutoCAD/BatchPlotDWG/pad_file2009.xml

CAD Utilities System requirements

AutoCAD 2006 or later
Operating System Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
(32 or 64 bit)
Microsoft Excel 2000, XP or later
This program is incompatible with AutoCAD LT!