Plot Minder 2.1.5

1 Mar, 2001 By: Michael Lennox

CAD fx, Inc.
4 stars out of 5

Plot Minder 2.1.5 runs from within AutoCAD by adding fields to the Plot dialog box.
Plot Minder 2.1.5 tracks plot information from AutoCAD Release 14 and 2000 using a customized Microsoft Access database. Plot Minder adds extra fields to AutoCAD's plot dialog box, which are automatically filled in each time you plot (see figure at right). Plot Minder tracks the job number, drawing name, plot area, user name, date and time, copies, cost, and comments for each job. Plot Minder also tracks batch plots through a free utility.

As part of the installation process, you must install Microsoft Access 97 Runtime, which you download from the CAD fx Web site if needed. Once you install Plot Minder, a startup wizard walks you through database setup in Plot Minder Viewer, the administrative component of the product. Most of the setup is straightforward. The setup process may require you to either define how you currently record information or establish new processes. For example, Plot Minder automatically derives job numbers from the drawing's folder name or a specific block/attribute pair, so you might need to change your folder structure or add a block to your drawings. You can also enter the correct information at the time of the plot.

Because Plot Minder adds an extra field directly to AutoCAD's plot dialog box, the intrusion on you is minimal. Client installation is easy. In some cases you can use AutoCAD's Appload command for installation.

Plot Minder offers a full range of built-in reports, and you can create custom reports in Access 97. The sorting options let you export the filtered data. The Plot Minder Help is comprehensive and guides you through installation and any problems you might encounter. In addition to the Plot Minder Viewer and client, Plot Minder's utilities help you change passwords and archive and compact your database.


About the Author: Michael Lennox

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!
Follow Lynn on Twitter Follow Lynn on Twitter

Does mobile technology have a role in your CAD workflow?
No, I only use a desktop computer/tower workstation.
Yes, I sometimes use CAD software on a laptop computer/mobile workstation.
Yes, I sometimes use a CAD app on a smartphone or tablet.
I use mobile devices exclusively and never use a desktop computer.
Submit Vote

Download Cadalyst, Fall 2015

Get Your Free Issue of Cadalyst Magazine!