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PlotMaker is a layouting program that is part of the ArchiCAD package. This standalone application is optimized to prepare an architectural documentation set based on the views, drawings and images created with ArchiCAD. PlotMaker can also accommodate data from external sources such as other CAD and image files, word-processing documents and spreadsheets.

Working with PlotMaker

There are many ways to integrate PlotMaker smoothly into your practice. The following outline includes the recommended steps.

PlotMaker vs. ArchiCAD

In many ways, Archicad is equivalent to AutoCAD Model Space, and Plotmaker to AutoCAD Paper Space.

Archicad is where you will do the vast majority of your work: modeling, detailing, noting, and dimensioning.

PlotMaker is primarily a sheet layout and numbering tool. Most of the tasks you will perform in Plotmaker involve laying out viewports on a page, and cropping them to size. Plotmaker will sequentially number your sheets and fill in most of your section & detail references.

Layout Book

Layout Book refers to the documentation of your Project in ArchiCAD. It consists of layouts of different size organized in subsets in your Navigator. Layout Book was introduced in PlotMaker 9, and had a separate file format (.LBK). Since ArchiCAD 10, Layout Book is integrated into ArchiCAD, and you can access it through the Navigator.

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