Using old style "*.plt" files for standardized pdf plots with today's Microstation

I have created three standard files I was using to export to pdf files.  What is the proper process to use those?  I had them since I was using Microstation SE and they were a marvel to work with.

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  • Hi Jason,

    with today's Microstation

    What is "today MicroStation"? Can you be more specific? I recommend to follow the best practices and to specify the used product and its version exactly (full name, but even better by its build number).

    When talking about printer drivers, it's not only about files format (plt / pltcfg) but also about features of particular version(s), because the same driver can behave different (or not work at all), even when the file format is still supported in the MicroStation version.

    I have created three standard files I was using to export to pdf files.

    Why not to provide an example or to tell exactly what driver do you use?

    PDF was not supported directly in MicroStation SE, so I assume it's PostScript driver?

    MicroStation allows to create PDF directly for many years, I guess from V8.5, so about 16 years, with some extra features (e.g. support of levels, model/references structure or 3D PDF), that cannot be produced in any other way.

    Using old style "*.plt" files

    As other wrote already, it's not possible to use .pdf files today. pltcfg format was introduced in MicroStation V8 XM Edition, released in 2006, and as far as I remember, pretty soon it was recommended to migrate from old .plt file to the new format.

    What is the proper process to use those?

    You can convert them, see link provided by . It's about to open them in Printer Driver Configuration Editor dialog  and to save them as .pltcfg. But when the files are so old, I guess it's not ensured all settings are still supported or behaves the same way. So to recreate them manually (using the editor) maybe safer. Also, to try MicroStation produced PDF is also recommended.

    With regards,

      Jan

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  • Hi Jason,

    with today's Microstation

    What is "today MicroStation"? Can you be more specific? I recommend to follow the best practices and to specify the used product and its version exactly (full name, but even better by its build number).

    When talking about printer drivers, it's not only about files format (plt / pltcfg) but also about features of particular version(s), because the same driver can behave different (or not work at all), even when the file format is still supported in the MicroStation version.

    I have created three standard files I was using to export to pdf files.

    Why not to provide an example or to tell exactly what driver do you use?

    PDF was not supported directly in MicroStation SE, so I assume it's PostScript driver?

    MicroStation allows to create PDF directly for many years, I guess from V8.5, so about 16 years, with some extra features (e.g. support of levels, model/references structure or 3D PDF), that cannot be produced in any other way.

    Using old style "*.plt" files

    As other wrote already, it's not possible to use .pdf files today. pltcfg format was introduced in MicroStation V8 XM Edition, released in 2006, and as far as I remember, pretty soon it was recommended to migrate from old .plt file to the new format.

    What is the proper process to use those?

    You can convert them, see link provided by . It's about to open them in Printer Driver Configuration Editor dialog  and to save them as .pltcfg. But when the files are so old, I guess it's not ensured all settings are still supported or behaves the same way. So to recreate them manually (using the editor) maybe safer. Also, to try MicroStation produced PDF is also recommended.

    With regards,

      Jan

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