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Plotting drawing file

Plotting drawing file

Plotting drawing file

Hi everybody,
Can Anybody help me to explain how to create a plot file (.plt) in Catia V5?


RE: Plotting drawing file

If you want to create a hpgl file, which is the plot file, go to File/Print.  In the pop-up for print, select print to file.  To choose the direcotry select the File Name tab. When you hit print, it will save the file instead of printing to the plotter/printer.


RE: Plotting drawing file

Hi jen,
Thanks for your reply.
The print to file format output is .prn and most of the plotters cannot recognize this. Any other options?


RE: Plotting drawing file

Hi goodlook,
I presume you're looking for a way to configure a "virtual" printer and use File+Print to get a hpgl file out of it. If that's the case, then we can
1. File / Printer Setup
2. Add printer          
3. Sel 3D PLM Printer and Press OK  
     Name : i.e. GenHPGL             
   Driver : Generic HP-GL          
4. Press OK
5. File / Print                                   
     Printer Name : Sel the new printer (GenHPGL)  
6. Print to file : insetr a name (i.e. hpgl.prn)
7. Click on Properties button                    
8. Press OK                                     

The file generated still gets an extension prn but it's
actually a HPGL file.

Cheers. Kennis Tang.

RE: Plotting drawing file


it's so easy....just rename *.prn to *.plt

"CATIA generated PRN file" has the same syntax like plotting files with extension PLT.

design engineer

RE: Plotting drawing file

Hi there,
I guess the main point is that using FILE/PRINT then PRINT/To-A-File can of course "generate" a PRN print file using any Windows System Printer available. We can rename it to any extension as we like to, but we cannot change the nature of this PRN file, as it's still a PrintToFile Format from which goodlook's plotter cannot be recognized. So I guess what goodlook is after is to have a "dummy" printer to do the job ... pls correct me if my guessing is wrong. Kennis.

RE: Plotting drawing file

If you rename the prn file to hpgl it is recognizable. We have done that, but of course our printers read hpgl files and so do our viewers.

RE: Plotting drawing file

I use HP 750C as windows system printer and print to file with .prn extension. but it doesnot work even if rename to .plt
What "tkchiu" explained is correct. Any other possibilities..


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