AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: How To Fix “Device Not Found” Error When Batch Plotting or Publishing to PDF in Civil 3D 2016

Written By: Ben Johnson

If you use a custom profile in Civil 3D complete with custom file path locations for Printer Configuration Search Path and custom printer configuration files, you may have received an error when you publish or batch plot a multisheet PDF file when you specify to publish to the Plotter named in page setup. This error will read Device Not Found.

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In Civil 3D 2016, Autodesk has introduced four new PDF plot configuration files. These files can be found in the default installation location at
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\C3D 2016\enu\Plotters.

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The reason the Device Not Found error is occurring is that Civil 3D first needs to confirm the existence of those four new .pc3 files before it uses any custom .pc3 file which may be specified in a page setup. If it cannot find any of those four out-of-the-box .pc3 files, it will display the error and the publish command will not process.

The fix for this is easy. Simply copy those four .pc3 files from the default location at
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\C3D 2016\enu\Plotters to your custom location specified in your custom profile options settings. Civil 3D will then be able to confirm the existence of those four out-of-the-box .pc3 files, and the publish command will go off without a hitch.

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Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob is a partner at EnvisionCAD and is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, instruction, development, and customization of both MicroStation and InRoads.

3 comments on “AutoCAD Civil 3D Tip: How To Fix “Device Not Found” Error When Batch Plotting or Publishing to PDF in Civil 3D 2016

  1. Peter Dixon Reply

    I have tried this and it works like a charm just Copy the 4 new PDF-related PC3 files from the original AutoCAD 2016 Plotters folder to the Plotters folder currently in use by AutoCAD 2016. Thanks for the tip!

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