Overview of Publishing
 
 
 

Publishing provides an easy way to create a paper drawing set or an electronic drawing set.

Publishing provides an easy way to create a paper drawing set or an electronic drawing set. An electronic drawing set is the digital equivalent of a set of plotted drawings. You create an electronic drawing set by publishing drawings to a Design Web Format™ (DWF™) file.

You can publish an entire sheet set from the Sheet Set Manager. With one click, you can create an electronic drawing set by publishing the sheet set to a single, multisheet DWF.

You can create a paper drawing set by publishing the sheet set to the plotter named in each sheet's page setup.

Using the Publish dialog box, you can assemble a collection of drawings to publish and save the list as a Drawing Set Descriptions (DSD) file. You can customize this collection of drawings for a specific user, and you can add and remove sheets as a project evolves. Once you've created a list of drawing sheets in the Publish dialog box, you can publish the drawings to any of the following:

Using 3D DWF publishing, you can create and publish DWF files of your three-dimensional models and view them with the Autodesk DWF Viewer.

For more on publishing 3D DWF files, refer to 3D DWF Publishing.

Publishing an electronic drawing set as a DWF file saves time and increases productivity by providing accurate, compressed representations of drawings in a file that's easy to distribute and view. This also maintains the integrity of your original drawings.

When publishing DWF files, DWF6 files are generated, which are created in a vector-based format (except for inserted raster image content), ensuring that precision is maintained. You can view or plot DWF files using a free DWF file viewer, Autodesk. DWFViewer. DWF files can be distributed using email, FTP sites, project websites, or CDs.

You can specify which block-related properties and attributes you want to make available to others who are using the Autodesk DWF Viewer to view or print your published DWF files. For example, you can publish a DWF file for a plumbing contractor that contains block attribute information about the plumbing fixtures specified in your drawing data. And, from the same set of sheets, you can include only the block attribute data about light fixtures for an electrical contractor.

By default, jobs that are published are processed in the background, so that you can return immediately to your drawing. Only one job that you have published can be processed in the background at a time. While a job is being processed in the background, you can check its status by placing the cursor over the plotter icon on the right side of the status bar. You can also view details about all completed jobs that you have plotted or published from the current session.

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