Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Multi-Sheet vs. Single Sheet Publishing

Recently we noticed that using the PDF override published a multi-sheet file instead of a series of single sheet files, even though the publish options were set to Single Sheet files. No matter how we tried to create single sheets files, AutoCAD seemed to just do the opposite.

It turns out there was a system variable working against us, PUBLISHCOLLATE.

PUBLISHCOLLATE is set to one out of the box. Under this setting a published sheet set is processed as a single job. A multi-sheet file is created. If the sheet set is published, it is never interleaved with other plot jobs.

Set PUBLISHCOLLATE to zero and a published sheet set is processed one sheet at a time. Separate files are created for each sheet. If the sheet set is published, the sheets might be interleaved with other plot jobs.
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