PlotM8 Tips, Tricks and Trouble Shooting

Plotting Tips

Rename views or layouts with an NP prefix to make PlotM8 skip over these while batch plotting via the "Plot All MS Views" or "Plot All Layouts" methods.

Are there views or layouts in drawings that you don't want to plot, PlotM8 now has the capability to filter out these views or layouts. When PlotM8 plots via the "Plot All MS Views" or "Plot All Layouts" option, it will not plot any views or layouts that have a prefix NP. This method will work under any of the three plot methods "Plot using Layout settings" "Plot using Layout settings w/ Plot Style" "Manual Settings"


Trouble Shooting

Error message displayed by AutoCAD

Error: bad argument type: fixnump: nil

Cause: One of the defaults PlotM8 saves for a printer/plotter has gotten corrupted. 

Remedy: After this error appears, type PM8FIX. then select the name(s) of the Printer/Plotters that you might suspect 


Error message displayed by AutoCAD

Error: ActiveX Server returned an error: Invalid index

Cause: The path to the folder that contains the plot styles is not valid or the folder doesn't contain any plot styles.

Remedy: Verify path to plot styles is valid and contains plot styles.
At the AutoCAD command prompt type: Preferences, pick the Files tab, expand Printer Support File Path, expand Plot Style Table Search Path. Here is the location of your plot styles.


Error message displayed by AutoCAD

Error: quit / exit abort

Cause: PlotM8 can not find the Am8-2000.dcl file (dialog file). Check and make sure that the folder you copied PlotM8 to is in AutoCADs' search path.

Remedy: At the AutoCAD command prompt type: Preferences, pick the Files tab, expand Support File Search Path.


Error message displayed by AutoCAD

Error: Automation Error. Invalid input

Cause: A programming error in PlotM8 caused this error, this error has been corrected.

Remedy: Download the latest version of PlotM8 and replace your current copy. Contact M8tools if your registered version reverts back to Demo mode.

 

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