Design Scripts for ProjectWise Renditions

Looking at the various topics that come up when I type the title of this question, I am overwhelmed by the many options, and overly concerned by those entries that are so old as to possibly be invalid.

I am learning ProjectWise Renditions, Specifically PDF Renditioning. My learning path involved taking a MicroStation CE CAD file from ProjectWise, and creating a .pdf plot using standard Plotting, Print Organizer, and then PDF Renditions. The task was to assume that the Standard plot was correct, and make all three the same.

Ultimately I was able to make it work but I was surprised at what I could not do in the Renditions interface that I was able to do otherwise.

If I am on the right track here, I learned after the fact that One must use Design scripts in place of .PLT or .PLTCFG files to achieve the same results the other two options use with those files.

As such, I was looking for both some good "Training / learning" resources on creating these scripts, as well as any other direction I might need. 

I also realize that when you look at the "Source File Presentation Setting" under "Rendition File Components", the main controlling factor here is the "Settings File". So when I open one of these files with "ProjectWise Interplot Organizer", The default directions and descriptions for this is somewhat lacking, so I am left guessing what some of the most important elements are.

Thanks in advance for your assistance; upon reviewing the above, I realize there is a lot here. I look forward to being on the other side of the learning curve.

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  • The "ProjectWise InterPlot Help" on whatever computer you installed ProjectWise InterPlot Organizer may be the best place to start.  You'll have to ignore a lot of stuff that isn't relevant for ProjectWise PDF Renditions, but you'll find documentation for Settings Files (Plotting MicroStation Data / Using Settings Files / Creating and Editing Settings Files) and Design Scripts (Plotting MicroStation Data / Using Design Script / pen tables).

    "Plotting MicroStation Data / Introduction to IPLOT" and  "IPLOT Lessons" may be a good place to start, depending on how much you've learned already about InterPlot.

    It's complicated, but for the most part InterPlot Organizer is a precursor to most of the modern features in MicroStation printing (Print Organizer, design scripts, etc.).  InterPlot is built entirely around the Windows printing system, and it doesn't have the .plt/pltcfg files that evolved with MicroStation standard printing.  Almost any print resymbolization task (i.e. weight-to-width mappings) that previously had to be done in a MicroStation .plt file can now instead be better done in either a design script or a MicroStation pen table (.tbl) file, and those same design scripts and MS pen tables can be specified in an InterPlot settings (.set) file for consistent printing between InterPlot and MicroStation.  InterPlot design scripts have more capabilities than MS design scripts, however, so issues can arise when moving from InterPlot printing to MicroStation printing.

    InterPlot settings files (containing an IPLOT section) are roughly analogous to 'print styles' in MicroStation printing, with the biggest difference being that print styles reside in a .dgnlib and .set files are independent files (that can be associated with a rendition profile).  Both utilize a binary file format so can only be created/modified using their respective editor -- MicroStation Print Organizer for .dgnlibs, InterPlot Organizer for .set files.

    Paper sizes are another big difference between InterPlot and MicroStation printing.  For PDF, MicroStation printing paper sizes are defined in the pdf.pltcfg files.  That's an area when MicroStation has an advantage over InterPlot.  Much simpler system.  InterPlot, being based on Windows printing, uses Windows paper sizes.  The set of sizes can vary depending on which Windows printer is selected.

          
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  • The "ProjectWise InterPlot Help" on whatever computer you installed ProjectWise InterPlot Organizer may be the best place to start.  You'll have to ignore a lot of stuff that isn't relevant for ProjectWise PDF Renditions, but you'll find documentation for Settings Files (Plotting MicroStation Data / Using Settings Files / Creating and Editing Settings Files) and Design Scripts (Plotting MicroStation Data / Using Design Script / pen tables).

    "Plotting MicroStation Data / Introduction to IPLOT" and  "IPLOT Lessons" may be a good place to start, depending on how much you've learned already about InterPlot.

    It's complicated, but for the most part InterPlot Organizer is a precursor to most of the modern features in MicroStation printing (Print Organizer, design scripts, etc.).  InterPlot is built entirely around the Windows printing system, and it doesn't have the .plt/pltcfg files that evolved with MicroStation standard printing.  Almost any print resymbolization task (i.e. weight-to-width mappings) that previously had to be done in a MicroStation .plt file can now instead be better done in either a design script or a MicroStation pen table (.tbl) file, and those same design scripts and MS pen tables can be specified in an InterPlot settings (.set) file for consistent printing between InterPlot and MicroStation.  InterPlot design scripts have more capabilities than MS design scripts, however, so issues can arise when moving from InterPlot printing to MicroStation printing.

    InterPlot settings files (containing an IPLOT section) are roughly analogous to 'print styles' in MicroStation printing, with the biggest difference being that print styles reside in a .dgnlib and .set files are independent files (that can be associated with a rendition profile).  Both utilize a binary file format so can only be created/modified using their respective editor -- MicroStation Print Organizer for .dgnlibs, InterPlot Organizer for .set files.

    Paper sizes are another big difference between InterPlot and MicroStation printing.  For PDF, MicroStation printing paper sizes are defined in the pdf.pltcfg files.  That's an area when MicroStation has an advantage over InterPlot.  Much simpler system.  InterPlot, being based on Windows printing, uses Windows paper sizes.  The set of sizes can vary depending on which Windows printer is selected.

          
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