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Old Style Plotting

Dwight
Newcomer
I'm looking to plot out of Archicad to a cutter/plotter that uses the HPGL language and requires "Xon/Xoff handshaking"

When i look in the plotting options in Archicad, i see a list of modern printer/plotters, but no generic HPGL drivers.... like we had in the old days.

Any advice?
Dwight Atkinson
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David Maudlin
Virtuoso
Dwight:

From page 71 of the PlotMaker 2.2 Reference Guide (with ArchiCAD 6.5). I think this is how they also dealt with HPGL in earlier versions: not a dedicated driver, but by using a specific plotter driver.

HTH

David

Plotter Manufacturer Not Listed
If the manufacturer is not listed with any model, check the user
manual of the plotter for compatibility and emulation modes. If the
plotter accepts HPGL, HPGL-2, DMPL, BGL or PCI data, there is a
good chance of making it work.
Configure the plotter to one of the graphic languages shown in the
following table (the order of the list below is important. We
recommend using the earliest applicable language for your plotter):
...

HPGL Generic HPGL
(Hewlett-Packard standard) (plotter origin: bottom
left)
HP 7885A DraftMaster I
(plotter origin: center)

...
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Dwight
Newcomer
Thank you for your effort.

What with Plotmaker being obsolete, I am going back to Archicad 7.0 to find an HPGL driver...


This is difficult for me. I'm looking at machines from England, Australia and Oklahoma. No good way to test the Archicad/plotter interface - and on Mac, too.

Sheesh.
Dwight Atkinson
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