Increase daily productivity by defining Plotting Variables in MicroStation

Written by Bob Mecham


If there is one constant in your daily work, at some point you will need to plot your MicroStation file.  Plotting is one area where a CAD Manager can make immediate and measurable improvements in daily workflows.  By standardizing your plotting resources and defining variables to use those resources, the end user is benefited along with the project.

Does your end user need to load the Plot Driver and Pentable?  If the answer is yes, how do you know if the user is using the correct driver or even attaching a pentable?

Using a different plot driver or pentable to plot the same file can cause the output to be significantly different.   This causes lost time trying to recreate plots to match previous paper copies.  By defining a few key plot variables you can increase your daily productivity, adhere to client standards, and have a uniform output.

MS_PLTCFG_PATH          = $(_USTN_SITE)plotdrv/                      #Printer Driver Config Path
MS_DEFAULT_PLTCFG_FILE  = $(_USTN_SITE)plotdrv/ACME_PDF.PLTCFG       #Default Printer Configuration
MS_PENTABLE             < $(_USTN_SITE)tables/Pen                    #Pen Table Search Path
MS_PLTFILES             = $(_DGNDIR)                                 #Print Output Directory
plotting variables for microstation

What other variables do you use to be more productive with plotting?  Let us know by commenting below.

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EnvisionCAD does offer MicroStation CAD Manager training where we go over how to correctly develop plotting resources and then how to implement them into the workspace.  This training also includes setup for the Print Organizer for MicroStation.

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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.

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