CAD Plotting Services


Please choose a CAD Plotting Service below.

AutoCAD R13 Plotter Configuration
lisp routines available upon request

1. In options pull down menu click configure


3. Pick #1 ADD A PLOTTER

4. Pick #11 HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP-GL/2) ADI 4.2

5. Pick #4 HP 650C WITH ROLL FEED

6. Enter through the default settings.

7. When asked if you want to change anything, answer YES

8. Answer NO to the first (2) questions, but when asked, write to a plot file? answer YES.

9. Continue to pick Enter through the remaining defaults

10. Pick #0 to exit

11. Pick YES to save changes

Remember to choose PLOT TO FILE in your PLOT dialog box.

AutoCAD R14 Plotter Configuration
lisp routines available upon request

1. In file drop down menu pick printer setup.

2. In printer dialog box pick new.

3. Pick OCE ADI 4.3 Driver V2.1 by OCE

4. Pick OCE9800

5. Pick ENTER to continue

6. Next you will be asked a series of questions, choose the following answers.

  1. What is your plotter connected to? Choose enter for the default.
  2. Enter the parallel port name. Choose. and ENTER.
  3. Do you want to change anything? Y
  4. Do you want to change the above parameters? N
  5. Would you like to calibrate you plotter? N
  6. Write to a plot file? Y
  7. Size units inches or cm? I
  8. Plot origin? ENTER default
  9. Enter the size or width and height. E
  10. Rotate plot clockwise? 0
  11. Remove hidden lines? N
  12. Plot inches = drawing units or F for fit? F

7. This will bring you back to the printer dialog box. Makes the new printer current and pick OK to exit

Plotter set up for Autocad 2000-2006

lisp routines available upon request

1. In Autocad click on FILE. In the drop down menu click on PLOTTER MANAGER.

2. When plotter manager opens double click on ADD A PLOTTER WIZARD.

3. At introduction page click on NEXT.

4. At begin page choose MY COMPUTER and click on NEXT.

5. At plotter model page choose HEWLETT-PACKARD for manufacturer and DESIGNJET 2000CP C4703A for model. Then click on NEXT.

6. When the Driver Information box opens click on CONTINUE.

7. When Import Pcp or PC2 box opens click on NEXT.

8. At ports dialog box choose PLOT TO FILE and then click on NEXT.

9. Assign the plotter a name and click on NEXT.

10. Click on FINISH.

When you want to write a .plt file choose the plotter you just set up to print to. Make sure you give the file a name and a location in the PLOT dialog box. Send SpecPrint the .plt file as an attachment to an e-mail. Be sure to include your name and a phone number where we can reach you in the e-mail. Don't forget to tell us how many copies you need and on what type of paper you need them on. Send e-mail to

Lisp Routines for AutoCAD

SpecPrint has lisp routines available upon request which can automate plotting a directory of drawings. 

For information on lisp routines e-mail or call (410) 561-9600 and ask for Joe Milas.

Creating HPGL/2 Files with ARC/INFO

1. Switch to the proper workspace.

2. Use AIX commands to create a file that contains the full pathnames of each coverage that you will send to SpecPrint. (note: you can use the find command and pipe the results to a file named holdla.(username) ).

3. Open the file, read a record and substring out the required fields.

4. Initiate an Arcplot do loop until the entire field is read.

  1. Start Arcplot
  2. Set the proper page size for your maps
  3. Set the map limits
  4. Center the map position
  5. Check and set the map scale
  6. Create the 1040 graphics file named plt(plus the map number).
  7. Plot all the arcs and annotations from the required coverages.
  8. Quit arcplot and issue the HPGL2 command on the plot file and write the results to a new directory named /specsend/hp(map number).
  9. Continue in the do loop until all the records have been processed.

Specprint can read your files from disk or tape. For the convenience of our customers SpecPrint also has modem and e-mail capabilities.  E-mail your plot files overnight and Specprint will plot them and deliver them to you in the morning.