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    Question View .PLT files

    I know theres no CAD allowed in here but the Help, Tips and Tricks forum doesn't let me post a new thread.

    Basically, ive got an e-mail that has 10 attatchments in the form of PLT files. How can I open them?????
    Ive tried renaming them to DWG but doesn't work, and when i double click on the icon, autocad pops up and say darwing file invalid.

    Is there any way i can opem them?????

    Bob

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob
    I know theres no CAD allowed in here but the Help, Tips and Tricks forum doesn't let me post a new thread.
    Hi

    I take it you are referring to "Forum Tips & Tricks", I believe that Forum is read only and is used by the Forum Manager/Admin etc to post useful info that relates to using the Forums; small print reads "Tips on using Forums and getting the most out of the features".

    You need a Viewer that reads PLT files (probably some form of HPGL) -

    ViewCompanion

    CADwizz

    AutoVue

    ABViewer

    An internet search will turn up a lot more products, the above is just to get you going in the right direction.

    If you have Express Tools you might want to take a look at the command PLT2DWG -

    PullDownMenu: Express -> File tools -> Convert PLT to DWG

    Note - this command is very limited.

    Have a good one, Mike
    Last edited by Mike.Perry; 2004-06-07 at 11:01 AM. Reason: Answer Bob's first statement

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    Hi Bob

    Please note I've *moved* this Topic (Thread) from the CWC Forum to this one as I believe it would be better served here.

    Thanks, Mike

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    thanks mike, im using autocad lt 2004 if it helps

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    Quote Originally Posted by bob-kalsi
    thanks mike, im using autocad lt 2004 if it helps
    Hi

    I believe AutoCAD LT doesn't have Express Tools (have never used that product so can't be 100% about my statement).

    Regardless of that, I think you really require some kind of Viewer, I'll let others recommend their favourites....

    Have a good one, Mike

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    reprodesk is a good software for viewing PLTs
    http://www.bps.com/reprodesk.htm

    Enjoy, Todd

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    Quote Originally Posted by todd.69291
    reprodesk is a good software for viewing PLTs
    http://www.bps.com/reprodesk.htm

    Enjoy, Todd
    Thanks Todd, we can view the files now. However, do you know if i can import them or copy them onto autocad so that i can modify them?

    Bob

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    Default Re: View .PLT files

    Hi

    Some Viewers will let you covert to DXF format, you can then import to AutoCAD

    OR

    Take a look at the following utility -

    HPGL2DXF

    Note - with the above methods you will be able to create a DWG file from your PLT file, but be aware that the results won't be perfect and some clean up work will probably be required.

    Have a good one, Mike
    Last edited by Mike.Perry; 2004-06-07 at 04:01 PM. Reason: Note added.

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