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Plan & Profile Sheets Files

Creating Plan & Profile (P&P) drawings in PLS-CADD is easy. They can be made to emulate existing drafting standards, including incorporating your company's standard drawing border, logos, basemaps, or any other form of vector or raster images that you want on your final P&P drawings. The advantage of using the full capabilities of PLS-CADD to create your P&P sheets are numerous, but to name a few:

The instructions and associated downloads on this page should assist you in developing your P&P drawings using a typical drawing border, company logo and drawing text items. You may freely use what we provide here or substitute your own data in a similar fashion. These files work with Versions 12.50 and later of PLS-CADD. Should you need to upgrade, please contact us at info@powline.com.

To download a file, simply right click on it and select Save Target As then save it to your computer when prompted.

  1. Download the PLSpp.don, PLSpp.pps, plsborder.dxf, power.tif and power.tfw files. Save them to a directory where you can find them later.
  2. Open your project in PLS-CADD.
  3. Load the plspp.pps File by selecting Drafting / Load PPS (view settings file).
  4. Now attach the border by selecting Drafting / Attachments (Raster and Vector) / Attachment Manager.
  5. In Attachment Manager, select Attach, find the plsborder.dxf, and open it. Select OK to read all layers. In the Attach To pick list, select the "P&P View: DXF coordinates are in X,Y,Z inches" option.
  6. You will be prompted with a Shift/Scale DXF dialog box. Since we have preset the page size by loading the PPS, and the DXF has been prepared to match this perfectly, it doesn't matter which one we choose, so select the "No" option.
  7. Select the "OK" button to close out the DXF Overlay Options dialog box.
  8. Select the Sheets view under the Window menu.
  9. You may need to select the Drafting / Plan Profile Sheet Configuration / Repage function to refresh the sheet cutting.
  10. You should now see a 22" x 34", "D Size" Plan & Profile drawing of your project, complete with a simple border. You can change the scales or many other settings meet your standards by investigating the Drafting / Plan Profile Sheet Configuration / Scales settings.
  11. Now, let's add a company logo and some text.
  12. If you have closed your Attachment Manager, open it back up using Drafting / Attachments (Raster and Vector) / Attachment Manager. Now select the Attach button.
  13. Now find the power.tif file and open it.
  14. You will be prompted with a Bitmap Options dialog box. In the "Attach to" pick list, select the "P&P View" option.
  15. If you saved the power.tfw file in the same folder at the power.tif file, the XY placement and the image height and width (you can ignore the Z value since this is in a P&P drawing).
  16. Select the OK button, and you should now see the Power Line Systems logo in the title block near the middle at the bottom of the drawing.
  17. Finally, load the drawing text by selecting Drafting / Lines and Annotation / Merge in Annotation from another project, and find the plspp.don file and open it. You will now have text in all the fields of the drawing ready for editing or modifications. Editing can either be done on an individual text by text basis, or all text can be edited in one place by selecting Drafting / Lines and Annotation / Table Edit.

As you can see, it is easy to have PLS-CADD create your P&P sheets for you. Feel free to experiment with the many settings found under the Drafting / Plan Profile Sheet Configuration / Scales item and also to explore the many options for adding text under the Drafting / Lines and Annotation menu. Note that we also provide a Table Edit function so that you can simply modify the text and associated properties in one screen as opposed to editing each text item on the drawing independently.

Should you wish to modify the border in any way, you may download the original plsborder.dwg file used to create it.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: These files are being provided on an "as-is" basis. Power Line Systems, Inc. accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the data herein, and the PLS-CADD end user is responsible for the use and verification of all data obtained in this library.

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