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.


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.


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.



Bob Mecham

Bob Mecham

Bob joined the training and consulting firm EnvisionCAD in 2000 and became a partner in June of 2002. He has specialized in the software MicroStation & InRoads from Bentley Systems, Inc. Mr. Mecham is an industry expert in the implementation, configuration, development, and customization of the two software applications MicroStation and InRoads. Bob instructs MicroStation classes ranging from fundamentals to advanced productivity. He has extensive experience using, implementing, and instructing both InRoads Survey and InRoads Site Design. Bob received his degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the Madison Area Technical College in 1992 and has over a decade of experience in the use, implementation, and management of software and CADD systems. He has worked for a wide range of organizations providing services from general survey and engineering services to specific applications such as landfills and site design.

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