I'm a new PW administrator an am trying to implement "Renditions" to created pdf's. Under PW Admin, how are the Rendition Profiles set up to to read the Microstation project sheet border (11"x17') shape? Currently a pdf of the view is being created. Needing assistance.
Everything is keyed on the creation and configuration of a .SET settings file. If you use Interplot Organizer to configure to configure it, then in PWAdmin you point to the .SET file under the Presentation Settings section.
Yes, as Stephan says this is controlled by the set file. You define what set file to use in the Presentation Settings. Our default presentation settings loads a set file from the project directory. Every project has the same set file name/path inside their project and can customize the settings in the file on their own.
I will give you a tip: Set files do not need to be created in InterPlot Organizer. They can also be just plain text files listing the different options.
This is a basic example of a set file that does 11x17 sheet models and turns off construction elements, text nodes, reference boundaries and enter data fields.
Note that the paper size is the name of a Form that must exist on the rendition server. ANSI B is a built in name for 11x17 sheets.
You can also define pen tables, color tables and design scripts to be loaded.
I've never been able to find documentation on all the options and syntax of ASCII .set files so use Interplot Organizer. Do you (or anyone) know if anything exists, or a way to convert a binary .set to ASCII because I'd be all for that.
I wish they put the IPlot Organizer documentation online. If you have Iplot organizer installed you can use the ProjectWise InterPlot CONNECT Edition Help. Go to Plotting MicroStation Data > Introducing the IPLOT Command Line.
Most of the command line options can go into a set file. The leading - is optional when used in a set file. Other rules I've found over the years (not sure how 100% accurate these are but they seem to minimize issues):
I took the help, did a right-click on Introducing the IPLOT Command Line and selected Print. I did a Print selected heading and all sub-topics and printed to PDF. Now I have a reasonable PDF I can search for settings without opening the interplot help.
On converting an existing binary set file to a text file you can actually open binary set files in Notepad and pull out the strings. I find it more reliable to use Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org) and to turn on View > Show Symbol > Show All Characters. That'll clearly indicate the extra characters. You can delete them or just copy out the good parts.
I also like using SysInternal's strings executable (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/strings) to dump out the settings. From command line it's just:
and it dumps out all the printable characters. it'll still need some editing but it's a good starting point. Pretty much anything it dumps out that doesn't start with a - can be discarded.
oh yeah, for set files with renditions don't use the printer=printer_name option.