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Sheet export

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  • Export (print) selected sheets to PDF, DWG, etc. with automatic sheet format detection
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    Using

    Plugin window consists of 4 main areas: file processing settings area, sheet selection tables for files, export settings bar and status bar:

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    The plugin can process all open files, as well as non-unloaded linked files. If several files are open at the moment the plugin starts, the Process all opened files option becomes available in the upper part of the plugin window; when it is enabled, a separate tab will be created for each project in the plugin window. The Process linked files option works the same way. 

    There are 2 variants of the format detection algorithm available in the plugin:

    1. By Title Block. It is recommended to use it in most cases. The print format is determined by the size of the Title Blocks on the sheets. If there are elements on the sheet which go beyond the border of the main inscription, the sheet will be printed incorrectly. In this case you should choose the second algorithm.
    2. By Sheet contents. The print format is determined by the entire contents of the sheet. After printing the sheet to pdf it is trimmed to the size of the Title Block. This algorithm may cause regeneration of all sheets, which may result in long loading times for the plugin.

    For example, there is some kind of graphic on the sheet that is outside the boundaries of the Title Block:

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    If the algorithm By Title Block is chosen, then printing will result in this:

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    But if you change the algorithm By Sheet contents of the sheet, the result will be correct:

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    Pressing the Read Sheets button starts automatic detection print formats for sheets (size in printer) according to the size of the Title Block, and initializes the PDF printer. You can also use this button if you want to re-read the sheets. Automatic sheet reading at plugin startup is enabled with the On startup option to the right of the button.

    If sheets were selected in the Project Browser when the plugin was started, then when the plugin reads the sheets, it will check those sheets in the table.

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    If the sheet print format will be matched to the nearest print format, or the sheet print format will not be matched, the corresponding notification will be displayed in the first column.

    If you want to print only part of the sheets By Sheet contents algorithm, select By Title Block algorithm for all sheets. At that, the By contents button will be available in the name column of all the sheets. Clicking it will change the algorithm for an individual sheet – the print format of that sheet will be recalculated on the basis of the limits of the contents of that sheet.

    If there is more than one Title Block on the sheet (composite sheet), the sheet will be divided into several sheets in the sheet table, with a suffix added through a slash. In this case, the table will display the print format that is matched to the Title Block.  If you select algorithm By Title Block, the Title Blocks must be positioned without gaps (inserted on the edge of each other) for the plugin to work correctly.

    Important: If there are several Title Blocks on one sheet, or any other graphics outside the boundaries of the Title Block, the total size of the describing rectangle must have the size allowed for printing. For example, if the sheet has two Title Blocks in A4 format, then the print size of this sheet will be A3. The maximum allowable size is A0x3 1189 mm x 2523 mm or 2523 mm x 1189 mm.

    The default printing color settings are specified in the plugin settings window (see below). To change these settings for individual projects, groups of sheets or sheets, drop-down lists are available in the Colors column.

    To quickly select multiple sheets in a table, select the necessary sheets (with Ctrl or Shift) and check any of the selected sheets.

    When you right-click in the table area, a window appears with the following available actions:

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    A Print Set is a combination of several selected sheets that is saved and can be applied in subsequent runs of the plugin. A Print Set is created for each project separately.

    The export setup bar contains the path to the export directory, checkboxes to select the export format, a button to start the export, and a button to close the plugin. Export current button allows you to export the current sheet of the current document to PDF without reading all sheets and selecting it in the table.

    The Merged PDF format allows you to merge exported pdf files into one. It is not necessary to check the checkbox PDF.

    Important: The merge is performed for the exported pdf files within the same folder.

    The status bar contains information about the number of sheets in the current document, the number of sheets selected for export, the number of sheets whose format is undefined, the number of sheets whose format is fitted, and the name of the PDF printer.

    In the upper right part of the window is a button that opens the dialog box for creating user formats note edit outline (gray):

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    Using the buttons on the right side of the window, you can add a new user  format plus, import arrow right bold or export arrow right bold user formats from xml file, and delete the selected user format delete.

    When creating an user format, make sure that the entered format sizes are acceptable for the selected pdf printer.

    At the top right of the window is a slide-out tab with settings cog (gray):

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    You can save the settings you have made in the configuration. The following tools are available for working with configurations:

    • plus – creating a new configuration
    • arrow down boldarrow up bold – import and export configuration, respectively
    • pencil – rename current configuration
    • plus circle multiple outline – duplicate current configuration
    • close – deleting current configuration

    GENERAL EXPORT SETTINGS

    If there are views with a temporary mode on the printed sheet, you can use Temporary mode handling (hiding/isolating or showing hidden elements) of views option to select the plugin operation: Disable mode, Leave mode, or Ask.

    Export directory - the path to the directory where the sheets will be exported. This option is duplicated in the export settings line.

    Also in this group are the options to create subfolders by document name, by date, by export format type, and by sheet group name. If you choose to create a folder by date, a drop-down list of formatting options for the folder name becomes available.

    The order of the options corresponds to the order in which the folders are created. For example, if you enable the first two options (by document name and by date), a folder with the project name will be created in the export directory, and a folder with the print date will be created inside it.

    If the group name contains only invalid characters (e.g., "???") and the option to create a folder by group name is enabled, the folder name will be “Incorrect group name”.

    If the option to create folders by sheet group name is enabled, the group names will be added to the name of the merged pdf file when exporting to the merged PDF.

    PDF export settings contain the following options:

    Printer Name - drop-down list of installed printers, where you must select the printer to export (print) to PDF. To the right of the list displays a message about the support status of the selected printer.

    Colors - one of the three export options:

    • Color: All colors in the project are maintained and printed, provided the printer supports colors.
    • Black Lines: All text, non-white lines, pattern lines, and edges print in black. All raster images and solid patterns print in grayscale.
    • Grayscale: All colors, text, images, and lines are printed in grayscale.
    • B&W with exclusion: printing is performed with the color option, and then converting the pdf file to black-and-white (monochrome) format, excluding certain colors from processing. This method makes it possible, for example, to print monochrome drawings with color signatures in the Title Block. To edit the excluded colors, click the palette button:
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    Print type - vector or raster processing. Read more.

    To Exclude Title Blocks from processing (for example, if there are Title Blocks on the sheet that are located entirely inside the boundaries of other Title Blocks), you must enter in the appropriate field, separated by commas without spaces, the values that are contained in the names of the Title Blocks (family name or type name) that do not need to be processed by the plugin.

    For composite sheets, you can disable adding a suffix in the file name when only one composite sheet is exported by using the corresponding option.

    Below is a block of print options settings, which are exactly the same as in the Revit print settings window:

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    DWG/DXF export settings contain the following options:

    Delete *.pcp files – files with the *.pcp extension created when exporting to DWG will be deleted in the export directory.

    Export Setups – drop-down list of export options for the current document. Learn more about export settings.

    Export views on sheets and links as external references – if this option is disabled, any Revit or DWG links in the project to be exported to a single file rather than to several files that reference each other

    Export to file format – drop-down list of export file formats

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    DWF/DWFx EXPORT SETTINGS contain the following main options:

    Combine sheets into one dwf file – if this option is on, all sheets are exported to a merged dwf file

    Stop on error – if the option is disabled, the export will continue until all sheets are processed

    The Export Object Data and Graphics Settings blocks repeat the similar settings block from the Revit print settings window:

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    File name generation allows you to customize the names of the imported files. The group contains a text field for specifying the file name mask. The mask may contain parameters of the Sheet Parameters, Project Parameters and system variables. They can be specified in the file name mask field by enclosing them in appropriate symbols: <Sheet Parameters namt>, *Project Parameter name*, %system variable name%.

    You can also quickly add the above mask elements by using the drop-down lists Sheet Parameter, Project Parameter, and Variables, and clicking Add.

    Below the File name mask text field there is a drop-down list of the sheet parameters, where you can quickly add a parameter to the file name mask by clicking the Add button.

    If file name mask is left blank, files will be exported with standard names, which depend on the format in which the export is made.

    It is also possible to set a limit on the number of characters in the file name by checking the appropriate checkbox.

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    MERGED FILE NAME GENERATION apply to merged PDF and merged DWF/DWFx and are similar to the file name generation setting:

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    When you close the settings tab, the specified settings are checked and the selected printer is initialized. If a printer is selected for the first time, the necessary printer settings will be made, including the addition of print formats. In this case, the plugin may hang up briefly.

    Errors may occur while configuring the printer. In this case, it is recommended that you restart Revit and restart the plugin.

    Supported PDF printers

    Watermark

    When exporting (printing) to PDF, it is acceptable to add a watermark to a sheet. To add a watermark, use Organization Settings.

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  • Change history for
    Year

    2023 Year

    Revit: Sheet export 4.7.16.0 (10.11.2023)

    Improved
    Using the ModPlus.Xaml.Behaviors.Wpf.dll library instead of Microsoft.Xaml.Behaviors.dll to resolve compatibility issues with other plugins.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.7.15.0 (20.10.2023)

    Improved
    Replaced the folder selection dialog.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.7.13.0 (05.09.2023)

    Improved
    The DWG/DXF export settings option "Export views on sheets and links as external references" has been added to the main plugin window.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug where it was not possible to save a print set.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug where the "No" selection was not remembered in the dialog asking about opening an export folder.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.7.10.0 (05.08.2023)

    Fix
    Fixed a bug where Revit would fatally close after closing the plugin window.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.7.9.0 (04.08.2023)

    New
    The plugin window is made non-modal (does not block the Revit window).
    Improved
    Added display of a warning icon in case the export directory does not exist.
    Fix
    Fixed some bugs.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.6.7.0 (28.07.2023)

    New
    Added "Export current" button to allow exporting the current sheet of the current document to PDF.
    New
    Added check that the file is busy when creating a merged PDF.
    New
    Added an option to PDF settings that allows you to disable adding an index when exporting a single composite sheet.
    New
    When reading sheets, the sheets that were selected in the Project Browser before running the plugin are now checked.
    Improved
    Added check for the absence of custom format name.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug where the index of a composite sheet was added twice to the file name.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug where a sheet was incorrectly cropped when exporting to PDF via PDF24 printer..

    Revit: Sheet export 4.2.4.0 (19.07.2023)

    Fix
    Do not create an "All Sheets" folder.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.2.3.0 (30.06.2023)

    Fix
    Fixed horizontal sheet shift bug when printing to PDF in some Revit versions.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.2.2.0 (26.06.2023)

    Fix
    Ignoring the "Unable to compute outline for viewport label" error when calculating sheet content boundaries.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.2.1.0 (23.06.2023)  Read more

    New
    Added ability to exclude Title Blocks from processing by name.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.1.1.0 (23.06.2023)

    Improved
    Removed search algorithm for Title Blocks located within the boundaries of other Title Blocks.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.1.0.0 (23.06.2023)

    Improved
    Fixed algorithms that caused sheets to regenerate when the algorithm for determining print formats "By Title Block" was selected.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.0.0.0 (22.06.2023)  Read more

    New
    Added the ability to change the algorithm for determining the print format for specific sheets.
    New
    Added ability to change the "Colors" option for selected sheets in the list.
    New
    Added settings for processing sheets that contain temporary mode views.
    New
    Added printing options.
    New
    Added an option to remember the selection in the dialog box with a prompt to open the export folder.
    Improved
    A third state was added for sheet group checkboxes.
    Improved
    Removed "Center" option.
    Improved
    Removed "Content trim" setting.
    Improved
    If the group name contains only invalid characters and the option to create a folder by group name is enabled, the folder name will be "Incorrect group name".
    Improved
    If the sheet has several Title Blocks and only one of them is printed, there will be no index added to the file name.
    Improved
    If a sheet has Title Blocks that are completely inside the borders of other Title Blocks, they will not be processed by the plugin.

    Revit: Sheet export 4.0.0.0 (22.06.2023)  Read more

    New
    Added the ability to change the algorithm for determining the print format for specific sheets.
    New
    Added ability to change the "Colors" option for selected sheets in the list.
    New
    Added settings for processing sheets that contain temporary mode views.
    New
    Added printing options.
    New
    Added an option to remember the selection in the dialog box with a prompt to open the export folder.
    Improved
    A third state was added for sheet group checkboxes.
    Improved
    Removed "Center" option.
    Improved
    Removed "Content trim" setting.
    Improved
    If the group name contains only invalid characters and the option to create a folder by group name is enabled, the folder name will be "Incorrect group name".
    Improved
    If the sheet has several Title Blocks and only one of them is printed, there will be no index added to the file name.
    Improved
    If a sheet has Title Blocks that are completely inside the borders of other Title Blocks, they will not be processed by the plugin.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.3.8.0 (04.04.2023)

    Improved
    Returned the warning swallowing system with modifications.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.3.7.0 (03.04.2023)

    Improved
    Removed all Revit warnings swallowing system.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.3.6.0 (24.03.2023)

    Fix
    Fixed a bug that prevented excluded colors from being edited.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.3.5.0 (22.03.2023)

    Improved
    Correct processing of "Sheet number" parameter.
    Improved
    Using export start time when creating folders by time.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.3.3.0 (20.03.2023)

    New
    Added export/import of settings configurations.
    New
    Added export/import of custom formats.
    New
    Added some settings for "default" export options in DWG/DXF export settings.
    Improved
    Defined orientation for square formats as "Portrait".
    Improved
    Added tooltips for configuration control buttons for settings and custom formats.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug where there was no text in the settings configuration deletion confirmation window.

    Revit: Sheet export 3.0.0.0 (13.03.2023)  Read more

    New
    Added ability to create user formats.
    New
    Added ability to create an export subfolder by current date (date and time, date, time).
    New
    Removed the preset window. Collection settings moved to the plugin window.
    New
    Added reading sheets by button with the ability to enable automatic reading sheets at startup.
    New
    Added an option to check all selected sheets.
    New
    Added ability to save selected or checked sheets as a print set.
    New
    Added saving color scheme by sheets.
    New
    Added ability to create different configurations of settings.
    New
    Added export to DWF/DWFx.
    New
    Added PDF trimming to fit the content (enabled in settings).
    New
    Added ability to set merged file name mask (PDF, DWF, DWFx).
    New
    Added an option to use project parameters (project information) in the filename mask and in the merged file name mask.
    New
    Added possibility to use system variables and date items in the filename mask and in the merged filename mask.
    New
    Added generation of bookmarks by sheets in a merged PDF.
    Improved
    The license is checked when running the command, before the plugin window is displayed.
    Improved
    Removed support for PDF-Xchange Lite printer.
    Improved
    Added export folder preview (example).
    Improved
    Changed appearance of format switches.
    Improved
    Output a warning message if the file name mask does not contain the sheet parameters.
    Improved
    The field with the export folder name is made editable.
    Fix
    Fixed some bugs when processing linked files.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.3.12.0 (10.02.2023)

    Improved
    Removed export cancellation confirmation dialog.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.2.12.0 (08.02.2023)

    Improved
    Added exclusion of white by default when printing in b&w pdf with color exclusion.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.2.10.0 (01.02.2023)

    Fix
    Fixed a bug that caused some characters to be deleted from a masked pdf file name.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.2.8.0 (26.01.2023)

    Fix
    Fixed an error that incorrectly detected the width of the selected print format.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.2.7.0 (24.01.2023)

    New
    Added the ability to select the algorithm for determining the print format.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.1.7.0 (21.01.2023)

    Fix
    Vector and raster processing were swapped places. Fixed by.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.1.6.0 (20.01.2023)

    Improved
    Index of the Title Block added to the pdf file name when printing several Title Blocks from one sheet is added to the end of the file name.
    Fix
    Correct sorting of sheets.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.1.4.0 (20.01.2023)

    New
    Added launch setup.
    Fix
    Fixed bug of incorrect determination of the size of the Title Block in some files.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug in processing Workshared files.
    Fix
    Fixed a bug that would cancel the export process by pressing the "No" button.
    Fix
    Fixed "Folder not empty" error when merging pdf files.

    Revit: Sheet export 2.0.0.0 (19.01.2023)  Read more

    New
    Using print sets to select sheets.
    New
    Creating subfolders in an export folder.
    New
    Merging pdf files.
    New
    Print from multiple open files.
    New
    Print from linked files.
    New
    Printing in pdfs along the outline of the Title Block.
    New
    Print to multiple pdf files from a single sheet (along the outline of the Title Blocks).
    New
    Monochrome pdf printing with color exclusion.
    New
    Selecting colors for each sheet.
    Improved
    Do not close Views that were open before starting the export.
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