This AutoCAD app simplifies the process of publishing (plotting) sets of drawings to DWF and/or PDF.
This app 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/Add-in).
Batch Publish for AutoCAD can be downloaded and installed as an app from the Autodesk App Store 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 App Store.
If purchase has been done via Autodesk App Store the download is available on the My Downloads page. Sign in with the same account used when purchasing.
Compatible with AutoCAD 2012 up to AutoCAD 2018. 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.
At this point only English versions are supported. Support for other languages of AutoCAD than English will be done upon request.
Compatible with those operating systems AutoCAD runs on like Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Older Windows versions might also work but are not directly supported.
JTB World is an Autodesk Authorised Developer
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 depending on country where payment is done from: Local Bank Transfer (Canada), Wire Transfer to Canada, Interac e-Transfer, Cheque (to Canada). Via BlueSnap (Global Payment Gateway) these methods may be available (not a complete list as it is updated from time to time by BlueSnap): Credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB, Carte Bleue), PayPal, Local Bank Transfer, Wire Transfer, Real-time Bank Transfer, Electronic Check (ECP), Apple Pay, Skrill (Moneybookers), WebMoney, SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) Direct Debit, Sofort, Giropay, iDeal and Alipay (PaySafeCard, Ukash, cashU, Boleto Bancario, Boleto Bancario can be made available upon request) - Refund policy
Installation of the AutoCAD app
Run the installer downloaded from Autodesk App Store. You may need to restart AutoCAD to activate the app.
To uninstall this app, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 ) 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.
Tips & Tricks
If you receive "Error(s) Did Not Plot" for some jobs showing in Plot and Publish Details dialog box and maybe with the "ERROR: There were no plottable sheets in the current operation" try this. Open the drawing in question and then on the layout or model with the problem run PLOT command and then close the dialog box and save and close the drawing. You can also run the PUBLISH command and you will notice the status "Layout not initialized" on the problematic model or layout to verify that this is the problem.
If this problem is on many drawings there are ways to fix this in batch mode with for example SmartPurger. Typically the problem is in the model.
Create a file named for example FIX.LSP with Notepad and include the two rows in italic below. The name FIX is just and example but the extension LSP must be used. This will make sure the model is activated and that the plot command is run once without actually plotting anything.
(setvar "TILEMODE" 1)
(command "._-plot" "_no" "" "" "None")
Then include this LSP to be run on the drawings with SmartPurger.
- 2017-03-21 - version 2.1 (update)
- Added Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2018 support. No change in version number.
- 2016-09-20 - version 2.1
- Bug fix to support paths containing unicode characters like é.
- 2016-04-01 - version 2.0 update
- Added support for AutoCAD® 2017 (no version number change)
- 2015-03-20 - version 2.0
- Added support to AutoCAD® 2016
- Added digital signing of DLL, EXE and MSI files
- 2014-04-02 - version 2.0
- Updated installer for the Autodesk App version to support AutoCAD 2015 and verticals.
- 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.
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