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MicroStation > Macros > Print Organizer

Print Organizer is a batch print utility designed for printing and reprinting sets of files, models, and Project Explorer links.

  1. From MicroStation, Open Print Organizer by selecting Print Organizer on the File menu.
    print organizer dialog box
  2. Add files to be printed in Print Organizer by clicking the "Add Files to Set" button add files button or selecting Add Files to Set on the File menu. Click ADD to open the Select Files Box, browse and add files. Multiple files can be added from the same folder using <CTRL> or <Shift> and selecting multiple files. Click Done to add them to the Create Print Definitions box. Click ADD again to add files from a different folder. After files have been added you should select a Print Style Definition. Use BorderLevelandColor when printing cut sheets or plans containing border cells. Select OK and all models from the selected DGN files which contain a border are added to the Print Organizer window. This may take some time if adding a lot of models.
    print organizer file list
  3. Delete any models which were added that do not have Borders in them. Usually these are Default models and can be identified from the Model, Print Area and Scale columns as the scale will be odd due to it not having a border. Highlight the file and hit on the X to remove from the .pset.
  4. Files can be placed in any order desired by dragging them or selecting them and using the move up or down Icons on the tool bar.
    printer setup dialog box
  5. Select the Printer Driver Configuration File by File > Printer Setup. Select the browse button Browse button to locate the desired print driver.
  6. Previews can be generated by selecting all of the files and clicking File > Print Preview. If multiple files were selected you can use the arrows to view previous/view next. It does take a little time for the preview to be generated.
  7. Save the .pset using File > Save As, select the directory and name for the .pset file. The name of the .pset file is used to generate the plot file names so name it with that thought in mind. Save pset file at the ...\CADD\ level. For final project pdf prints the pset should be named 12345POP.pset and it should contain all project sheets in order.
  8. Select files to print or none if printing all, then File > Print will bring up the Print Dialog box and allow you to print the sheets. If printing all the sheets select this option. The print driver selection can be re-defined here. When sending pdf's the Output File Names... can be selected as well as the out put directory.
    print dialog box
  9. Output File Names use Named Expressions and can be defined in a variety of ways. By default it uses the format of <print counter> - <print set name> to name the files. Other expressions can be selected and previewed here. Use Custom and Specify Expression as PrintSet.Name & System.String.Format ("{0:D4}", 00+PrintDefinition.SetPrintDefNumber) for the final pdf plan set. Names can be previewed, hit OK. See Help > Contents > Named Expressions for documentation on creating your own expressions.
    output name expression dialog box
  10. Select (all) files and hit OK to print the files.
  11. The message Center should indicate all the prints generated. It may be necessary to scroll down through the list to find any issues.
    output file names dialog box

Automatic Sheet Numbering

The use of Named Expressions has been expanded to include automatic sheet numbering. The variables $PSETNO$ and $PSETTOT$ have been defined in the NHDOT-PEN.TBL and are used on updated border cells. This allows the total number of sheets and the sheet number to be extracted from the pset file. All project plan sheets must be included in the pset for the numbering system to be correct. Additional tasks and filters have been created to place borders in drawings with the the PSET variables displayed. Additionally you can edit the sheet number or total sheets text block to the variables to use them. Previously used sheet number levels would need to be shut off if copying the PSETSHTNO cell onto old borders.

Final PDF Prints

To print a final set for the tub change the Submit as: from Separate print job to Single print job. A multipaged PDF will be created with the same name as the saved PSET file. Open the combined PDF and review all the sheets, it is easier to look through this combined PDF rather then opening every individual PDF. Upon approval you can send this file to the dot-con-jom-b14-ll65-mfp printer to get paper copies. Print in reverse order so collation is not required.

The final plan prints should be individual PDF's named for the pset and sheet number as noted above. These pdf's can be stored in a \12345POP folder under the CADD directory. A 12345ROW.pset can be created for PDF ROW plans in the same manner.

Other Documentation / Information

After opening Print Organizer you can open saved .pset's and .job files using the File > Open option and selecting the .pset or .job set file. (may need to toggle the Files of type box to see .job files) By saving them all in the CADD directory of your project you will be able to find them.

If when adding a file no sheets are added, open the file, open the models dialog box and delete any sheet model present. The borderlevelandcolor Print set definition works on cells (shapes) in the master file whose outside edge is color=84, lw=0, and ls=0.

For a more comprehensive look at the Print Organizer utility select Help > Contents > Working with Complete Designs > Printing > Print Organizer >.

Also on the Bentley Communities site MicroStation V8i Print Organizer - Getting Started Guide.

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