Thursday, February 28, 2008

Where do your PUBLISH files go?

I've long been an advocate of the PUBLISH command. When utilizing named page setups it is very easy so send an entire set of drawings to a single .dwf file or to a plotter.

The PUBLISH command has changed its interface over the years, even though it basically has similar options. In earlier versions, such as 2004, the user clearly saw the path chosen for the .dwf file you were creating.

It's a little tougher to tell at first glance where you are saving your .dwf file and how to select to be prompted for the location.

In Autodesk 2008 products, you choose Publish Options.

Generally you would want a multi-sheet .dwf, which allows you to have multiple sheets in one file similar to .pdf documents you may view.

For DWF Naming, choose Prompt for name so that when you PUBLISH you will have an opportunity to browse to where you want to save the file and what you want to name it.

You may also want to include layer and/or block information if you want the end user that will be viewing the files to have the ability to turn layers on and off in Design Review or to see information about block names.

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