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Instant Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 Customization with .NET by Tom Nelson

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Publishing a drawing set (Should know)

The next project lets your users select layouts from an external drawing not currently opened in AutoCAD, and then publish those layouts as a multisheet PDF file.

Getting ready

How do we publish layouts that exist in drawings that are not open in the current drawing session? You might recall back in the Controlling the drawing environment (Should know) recipe, when we cloned a layout from the current drawing into a side database, and from there we saved the layout to a template drawing. Now, we have a slight variation on that theme: when the user selects the external drawing, the program reads it into a temporary database, determines the number of layouts, and adds the layout names to the dialog box (also slightly ...

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