So recently, I have been dealing with AutoCAD documents containing as many as 40+ layout tabs in the file. Printing all of those layout tabs individually can be quite annoying, and so upon some poking around, I have come up with a solution - Publish.
Publish allows you to print multiple items and binds them at one time, hence saving a whole lot of layout tab switch and Ctrl+P-'ing.
Ok, so lets begin.
To start, we need to make sure all our layouts are properly setup, meaning the Viewport must be placed in its proper place, the print area set to the right mode (layout, window, etc.), and you must specify the Plot Style Table in the Page Setup Manager. This is needed because once we begin the process, AutoCAD will automatically print the layouts according to whichever Plot Style and Plot Window/Layout you have indicated.
tep 1. Click on the First Tab that you would like to include in your Publish command.
Step 2. While holding SHIFT, click on the Last Tab you would like to Publish.
Step 3. Right-Click on the Layout Tabs and select Publish Selected Layouts
Step 4. Select the file type you would like your Published document (i.e - DWF, DWFx, PDF) and the location on your computer you would like your file to be saved.
And that's all there is to it! Once you hit Publish, the program will do the rest.
This command has saved me a lot of time in printing, and I hope it will do the same for you!
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