Today’s tool is all about the printed sheet.
When working in Civil 3D (or any AutoCAD based application) how the model is displayed on the screen more often than not looks entirely different than how it plots. This is because pen assignments can alter things like plotted color or plotted lineweights.
Additionally, layers may be visible on the screen for reference but not show up come Plot time. As a result, it is not always easy to know exactly how a sheet will look once plotted until we actually PLOT.
Now, I’m not saying it has to be physically plotted for us to know. There is a Preview feature of the plotting process so we can visualize the output before actually sending to paper. (or mylar, vellum, PDF, DWF….)
Having said this, it would be nice if we could do a quick plot preview without actually plotting. Guess what, we can! By using the PREVIEW command we can quickly see how our model geometry will be represented once plotted.
Now, there are some caveats. You have to have a Page Setup (Plot configuration) defined for your layout or Model space for PREVIEW to know what to do. Once established, you can run the PREVIEW command to see how your output will look.
And if things look good, you can Right Click and then click on PLOT to immediately output your model. Who knows, after today, the way you Plot may never be the same. :)
Check out the video below to see how it works.