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Chapter 20. Productive Plotting > Creating Page Setups

Creating Page Setups

Page setups were a new feature introduced in AutoCAD 2000, and provide the ability to control certain paper and plotter configuration information. Page setups work similarly to PC2 files in that they allow you to store certain plot settings and restore them when needed. Plot settings such as plot device, paper size, scale factor, and plot orientation may be saved, as well as a plot style table that contains plot styles used in the current drawing.

What makes page setups especially powerful is the ability to assign different page setups to the Model and Layout tabs in your drawing. Consequently, a single drawing can have numerous page setups, with a particular page setup recalled and assigned to the current Model or Layout tab, which can then produce the desired results when plotted. Ultimately, this means you no longer have to worry about restoring prior plot and pen settings to duplicate a previous plot. All plot settings are saved with the drawing, and are instantly recalled by selecting the desired Model or Layout tab, and assigning the appropriate page setup. For more information on the versatility of page setups, refer to Chapter 19, “Paper Space Layouts,” in the section titled, “Controlling Output Through Page Setup.”


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