can't plot to file (hpgl/2)

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George McDuffee
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can't plot to file (hpgl/2)

Post by George McDuffee » Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:39 am

I am using CMS v5.1 PE build Intellicad and just upgraded
from v5.0 on an older Gateway box running Win98.

Neither version will allow me to use a large format HPGL/2
plotter driver (for example HP Q1253A) to plot to file. (You can
download this driver for free from the It will allow you
to setup for plots 60 inches wide by 300 feet long.)

This is important in my application as we have a 48 inch X 48
inch CNC plasma arc cutter. The control program for this cutter
[PlasmaCam] allows the import of DXF and HPGL files.

Problem with DXF files is that PlasmaCam ignores text while with
the HPGL files it will import text including TTF

The Q1253A plotter driver and PlasmaCAM import work fine when I
use an old-old copy of AutoCAD lite to generate the plt file.

Using lsp in Intellicad, it is easy to get arc text or text along
a curve in Intellicad. Now if I can just get into a HPGL/2 file
for import.

I would like to eliminate the step of creating the drawing in
Intellicad using the lisp programs, creating a AC lite readable
file [dxf or dwg], and then opening this file in AC lite just to
generate the plot file.

v5.0 PE would just bomb when I attempted to select a plotter for
an output device.

v5.1 PE allows me to specify a plotter, select large sheet sizes
etc, but bombs when I attempt to plot to file, showing the

ICAD caused an exception 10H in module ICAD.EXE at 016f:0046f825.


EAX=00000005 CS=016f EIP=0046f825 EFLGS=00010246

EBX=00000000 SS=0177 ESP=00b8e9b8 EBP=00b8ecc8

ECX=00b8f5c8 DS=0177 ESI=00c29e40 FS=2927

EDX=0000000d ES=0177 EDI=00000000 GS=0000

Bytes at CS:EIP:

db 45 08 de d9 df e0 9e 73 0b dd d8 db 45 1c dc

Stack dump:

00000000 00d756e0 00c04320 16af21e6 376f0000 36c089f8 376f0000
00000001 00cc0408 014800cc 00000001 00c28a14 00000007 c0480006
00c28a14 16af2d8c


Any ideas or work arounds other than continuing to use AC lite?
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