This AutoCAD app simplifies the process of publishing (plotting) sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF.
This plugin can be used with AutoCAD (and verticals) to simplify the process of publishing sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF. It runs as a command within AutoCAD - as opposed to a separate executable - and uses a separate executable to monitor AutoCAD's health and restart it, as needed. The status of the batch publishing operation is stored to disk, allowing it to pick up from where it left off and also for any failed documents to be retried without starting from scratch. A setting is available to only publish drawings that have been modified since they were last published, making it easier to publish sets of documents on a regular basis.
Available as AutoCAD App (Plug-in).
Batch Publish for AutoCAD can be downloaded and installed as an app from the Autodesk Exchange Apps site. Purchase is also available through this site.
Trial: In trial mode Batch Publish for AutoCAD works to publish up to 5 drawings/layouts per AutoCAD session. When purchased it can be used without restrictions. Download trial from Autodesk Exchange.
If purchase has been done via Autodesk Exchange Apps the download is available on the Autodesk Exchange Apps My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing.
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Compatible with AutoCAD 2012 up to AutoCAD 2016. All flavors based on AutoCAD should be working like AutoCAD Architecture (ACA), AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Electrical , AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD MEP (AMEP, ABS), AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D.
Compatible with those operating systems AutoCAD runs on like Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Older Windows versions might also work but are not directly supported.
Purchase can be done on the Autodesk Exchange Apps site or by contacting us.
Price is 10 USD for 1 license.
The license is perpetual and support is included. If you have more than one computer and you are the only user of the application one license is enough. Special discount can be given for multiple licenses.
Available payment methods: Credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Carte Bleue), PayPal, Local Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Bankgiro, Real-time Bank Transfer, Electronic Check (ECP), Skrill (Moneybookers), WebMoney and Alipay (PaySafeCard, Ukash, cashU, Boleto Bancario, Boleto Bancario can be made available upon request) Refund policy.
Installation of the AutoCAD plug-in
Run the installer downloaded from Autodesk Exchange. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the plug-in.
To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 ) or Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP), and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.
Before running the application's main command, please make sure you have saved your work: AutoCAD may be restarted during the batch publishing operation, which would cause any unsaved drawing edits to be lost.
The JTBWBATCHPUBLISH command launches the main application dialog. From here you must specify the source directory or drawings to publish, as well as the targets: DWF and/or PDF (PDF is only available from AutoCAD 2010). For each chosen target an appropriate destination directory must be specified. These settings will be remembered when the JTBWBATCHPUBLISH command is used again.
From this dialog it's possible to change further configuration settings. The "Configure" button brings up a dialog allowing you to specify whether to publish DWG and/or DXF files, as well as specifying a timeout delay, after which the application will decide that AutoCAD needs to be restarted during the batch publish. If AutoCAD is restarted, the batch publish process should continue from after the "failed" drawing.
It is possible to configure individual drawings, specifying whether to publish individual layouts or not. It is possible to ignore all the model-space sheets of the included drawings.
You can also choose to publish only drawings that have been modified since they were last published, streamlining regular publishing operations.
After the configuration dialog has been dismissed with the "Done" button, "Publish" will launch the operation itself.
At this point two dialogs will be launched (as well as any dialogs AutoCAD needs during individual publish operations). The first is a status dialog, showing the list of drawings found in the source folder and their individual publishing status. The second dialog is an external "regulator" application, which monitors AutoCAD's status and restarts if it takes longer to publish a drawing than the specified timeout.
Once completed it's possible to use the status dialog to "Retry" the publishing process on any failed drawings. Otherwise the dialog can simply be closed with "Done": a log file will be found in each of the target folders describing the results of the batch publish.
2015-03-20 - version 2.0
2014-04-02 - version 2.0
2013-07-15 - version 2.0
First release by JTB World.
Added support to AutoCAD 2014 (No change in version number)
Updated to support AutoCAD 2013 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format
Added VS 2010 project and source required for AutoCAD 2013
Updated to support AutoCAD 2012 Exchange Store autoloader bundle format
Updated help to HTML file and to reflect new load mechanism
Modified the code to work in AutoCAD 2011 via PublishExecute
Support for the plug-in when output file paths contain spaces
Added option to exclude modelspace layouts during publish
Changed cursor to hourglass during long operation
Upgraded the project to VS 2008
Support for file path characters that are reserved in XML
Changed code to not respond to PUBLISH command's exceptions
Fixed demand-loading to create Applications key where needed
Original release as ADN Plugin of the Month.
The license agreement is found here