Batch plot

Batch plot

Batch Plot

MouseOK   NanoCAD button – Plot >  Batch Plot

MouseOK    Menu: File – Batch plot…

MouseOK    Toolbar: Main –

KeyboardOK Command line: PUBLISH

The command allows you to create and send to print the list of drawing sheets from one or several files both from model space and from layout space. The simultaneous plot of sheets from model space and from layout space is also possible.

For each sheet in a dialog it is possible to specify the page setups, including that different printers can be assigned to different sheets. There is a possibility to sort sheets in the list, add and delete sheets from the list. The formed sheets list (plot set) can be stored for further use.

The Multi-sheet job option allows you to place sheet list in one or more files, for example, when creating *.pdf-files using virtual printers. The order of the sheets in the *.pdf-file corresponds to the order of the sheets in the list.

After starting the command, the Publish dialog box opens:


Plot to:

Selects a plot device to output the plot result (plotter, printer, PDF-printer, etc.).

The selected Plotter assigned in page setups position ensures plotting with use of plot devices assigned in the page setups for each drawing.

For batch plot of all data on a particular device, it should be selected in the list. At that the paper size closest to that specified in the page setup is selected automatically.


ATTENTION! In automatic paper size selection, the correct positioning of the plot area and sheet position may be disturbed.


Button to open the dialog box to change the current settings of the selected plot device.

The view of opened dialog box and setting parameters are determined by the driver of the current plot device.

ATTENTION! When selecting a single plot device for all sheets in the list, the paper size specified in the device settings is ignored.


Publish lists:

Drop-down list containing the named publish lists available to plot.

By default (if there are no publish lists saved by the user) two lists are displayed:

·         Current – List of all layouts available in the opened documents.

·         Last – Last layouts list sent to plot.

Number of copies:

Specifies the number of copies to publish.

Multi-sheet job

Turns on/off the mode to plot sheets to the file, for example, when plotting on a virtual printer.

The sheets plot is carried out in the order specified in the dialog box.

If the same plotter is assigned to all sheets, all sheets will be placed in one file.

When assigning different plotters for different sheets, the plot is carried out to separate files for each plotter. When changing the plotter, a new file is created.

For example, if in the dialog box Plotter 1 is assigned to first sheets, Plotter 2 to several next sheets, and Plotter 1 for the rest, then 3 files will be created – two separate files for Plotter 1 and one file for Plotter 2.



Column to display the plot status:

·          - Print sheet.

·          - Don’t print sheet.

·          - The plot is forbidden (in case of incorrect plot settings, for example, plotter is not assigned).

Left double click on the column switches the status from Plot to Not plot.


Column to display the file name.


Column to display the name of the layout tab in layout space. For the model space the Model value is displayed.

Page setup

Column to display the named page setup assigned to the sheet. If the sheet does not have an assigned page setup, the value None is displayed.


Column to display the name of plotter assigned to the sheet. If the sheet has no assigned plotter, the value None is displayed.


Column to display size and orientation of the selected paper.

Left double click on the column names separator automatically changes the columns width.


Current document publish list

Creates the publish list only from the current document.

New publish list

Deletes all layouts from the dialog list to create a new publish list.

Save publish list

Saves the publish list.

Click this button to open the Save publish list as dialog box:


which proposes the List name by default.

It is possible to set the user name list instead of that proposed by default.

After clicking OK button the named list will be saved in the folder:

С:\Users\User_name\AppData\Roaming|Nanosoft\nanoCAD 21.0\PlotConfigs\

The named lists are saved in files with *.plst extension.

Save publish list as

Saves the publish lists with a new name.

Clicking this button also opens the Save publish list as dialog box, which proposes by default the List name as a new publish list name.

If a new list name coincides with the already existing one, after clicking OK button the following message is displayed:

Add page to plot

Adds a new page to the list.

It is possible to select page for adding to the list only from the documents opened in the editor.

Clicking the button opens the following dialog:

In the drop-down lists of the Add page to plot dialog box it is possible to select:

-        document (if several documents are opened simultaneously) that contains the page to be added to plot list (Document:);

-        layout from the selected document to add it to the list (Layout:);

-        a named set of parameters list, if it is available in the document (Page setup:).

Move up

Moves the sheet selected in the list up one position.

Move down

Moves the sheet selected in the list down one position.

Remove from the list

Deletes the selected sheet from the list.

It is also possible to delete the sheet selected in the list by DEL key.


Deletes all elements with unspecified plotter from the list.


Button to open the Plot preview dialog box.

The preview of plot results is possible only for the selected sheet in the list. When printing from the preview mode, only the viewable sheet will be printed.

Button to open the Page Setup dialog box to specify the plot options.

Left double-click on any column of the selected sheet, except the State column, will also open the Page Setup dialog box.

Button to start publishing. All sheets with the specified state allowing printed output, will be printed.

Button to close the dialog box.

To create named publish lists to plot (plot set):


1.    Open one or more documents, the layouts of which it is necessary to plot.

2.    Start the Batch plot command.

3.    When opening the Publish dialog box, the list of all layout tabs available in all opened documents is formed automatically. The following order of the layouts in the dialog box is set by default:

·         the first displayed in the list is a document from which the Batch Plot command was started, it is followed by documents in order of their tabs in the graphic editor window (from left to right);

·         the first displayed in the document is the Model tab, followed by Layout1, Layout2, A4, A3 tabs, etc.

4.    To edit the list:

·         to remove layouts unnecessary to plot, select the sheet in the list by left click and click Remove from list button or press DEL.

·         to change the order of layouts, use the Move up and the Move down buttons.

5.    To specify the plot settings for each page, click the Page Setup button (left double click on any selected layout column, except the State column, also opens the Page Setup dialog box Info: NanoCAD is a simple, inexpensive, and yet powerful, CAD platform for personal computer, that delivers a great user experience by providing enhanced performance, full capability, a classic interface and native.dwg format support. nanoCAD has been built to deliver design and project documentation for all industries. nanoCAD includes a full suite of basic and advanced CAD tools for 2D/3D design and creating industry-standard DWG-compatible CAD files. Our tool supports groundbreaking, collaborative and customizable features to improve your efficiency, and includes several API's, allowing anything from routine task automation to complex CAD application development. You may download nanoCad for free, using the links below, and buy later, if you like it.

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