1. It's a way more clunky procedure saving PDFs from the publisher set for just a few selected items (using selected items only as you've shown). You have to either rename the file in publisher properties with a new date (if using the single PDF option), or you have to change the folder name (if you have folders setup in the publisher), or you have to change folder name and file name with the new date, if set up that way.
2. The risk of overwriting complete consent packages when exporting with the publisher sets is high. Say you're under extreme time pressure and stressed to the max and you forget to update either the folder or the file name with for eg. today's date and the previous one is overwritten - we sometimes need to refer back to them. It's all too easy.
All in all it's just so fast and secure to do a right-click > update on the drawings you need, select them, and hit save as.
I'd be happy with using the publisher set if there was a way to autodate a single output PDFs file name. Perhaps I'm missing something. Either way it seems like a redundant option that isn't settable-and-forgettable in archicad and is a nuisance when forgotten, which slows down my workflow. The fewer little things like this to remember the better.
My work around to the overwrite problem for single PDF is to save to a "PDF Temp" folder that should always be empty. Once published I use a folder rule to prepends the date and move the file to the permanent "Exports Folder" thus emptying the folder.
Anyway I agree thathaving the single file prepend the date would be more efficient.
Eduardo Rolón AIA NCARB AC27 US/INT -> AC08
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Okay i stumbled upon some info in the forums (sometimes the right information shows up as if by magic) and it turns out ive been using the publisher incorrectly for the last 5 years!
I've been dragging the layout book over to my publisher set creating a 'dumb' folder structure (in conjunction with publishing layouts in current transmittal set). The whole time I assumed that 'dragging' and using the 'add shortcut' button functioned in the same manner.
It turns out, the add shortcut button creates a 'live' folder structure in your publisher set and it automatically updates itself when you add a new layout to your book. For example a new sheet of details created in the layout book will add itself to the publisher set, and presumably all that's left to do at that point is add it to the transmittal list.
The kicker is that the dumb folder structure doesnt allow for autotext eg date time and other autotext entries from project info, where as the live structure does. Hopefully my snip illustrates this well enough.
So it turns out the ability to publish in a non-laborious manner and without the risk of overwritting has been hiding in plain sight this whole time. Dang