Occasionally I have the need to plot from AutoCAD a drawing full scale to a PDF (then send the PDF to a print shop with a large format printer). The problem is that I don't have a printer setup to accommodate a plot that large. The result I receive is 8.5 X 11 inch plots. Does anyone know of a way around this?
From contributor J:
You should be able to go into the printing preferences of the PDF printer and set up a custom paper size then plot to the PDF from AutoCAD then send the PDF to the plotter as long as your large format plotter will accept that size. If you are setting up unusual paper sizes you might have to go into the large plotter printing preferences and set up the page size there. I have done this and have had no problems but every printer has a mind of its own.
In your case, there are many viable solutions. I do not print PDF from AutoCAD. I hear it is vastly improved in the newer versions. What I do is print to .plt files directly from AutoCAD using a KIP driver. I then use a third party utility called ViewCompanion (you can Google it) to load all up all the .plt files and make one .pdf file. That is what I give to the printer. Furthermore, most top end print shops handle .plt files and many of them use KIP software. If that is your case, you can skip the conversion with ViewCompanion and send them the .plt files directly. The KIP drivers are specific to your version of AutoCAD.