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3rd party plot tracking software that works with archicad

Anonymous
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people tell me to use our OCE or HP plotter software to keep track of plots. problem is our plotters dont have the tracking software installed and i dont want to pay $1000 to install it. i've tried other software but all it says when it tries to log a plot from archicad is the following: plotting from archicad, and then nothing shows up in the log software. is this because arhicad used the windows driver for plotting??? i thought i read that somewhere. PLEASE!!!! i need help..thanks
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Anonymous
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ArchiCAD comes with a cute little utility called PlotFlow which as I recall has some rudimentary reporting features. I think someone once wrote a little utility to work with PlotFlow to enhance the reports but I don't recall any details now.

The way it works is you designate a spool folder and PlotFlow will automatically send any plot files dropped in there to the plotter. What I used to do was plot to a project plot files folder (for archival purposes) and then drag and drop copies into the spool folder.

It might be possible (if you're on Macs) to set up a folder script with Automater to assist (or require) the logging process.

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