How to Convert stb to ctb Pen Table in the Plot function

Issue:


There is a possibility of receiving dwgs from other companies that are using stb pen tables as opposed to ctb pen tables.

A stb is a Named Plot Styles method of interpreting the lines for printing.

It bases everything off of the lineweights in the drawing.

A ctb is a color based method of interpreting colors for printing.

It bases everything off of a colour that is assigned a line weight.
Here we use ctb's, If you receive a dwg that has a stb pen table (and you are not, sent the pen table) you can convert it to a ctb and try to use our ctb to print the file out.
It will probably look odd if you do not have their original pen table.

Solution:

Open the dwg, Type "convertpstyles" in the command line, you’ll get a pop-up warning.



"This command converts…", Click "ok".
(The reverse if for some reason you wanted to go from a ctb to a stb type this at the command line: "convertctb")

How to see your new plot styles in the plot style table

Plot styles are saved in the following folder C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\ACA 2014\enu\Plotters\Plot Styles

SUMMARY

A drawing can use either named or color-dependent plot styles, but not both.
CONVERTPSTYLES converts a currently open drawing from color-dependent plot styles to named plot styles, or from named plot styles to color-dependent plot styles, depending on which plot style method the drawing is currently using.
When you convert a drawing, CONVERTPSTYLES sets the PSTYLEMODE system variable to the appropriate setting (0 = named, 1= color-dependent).
For example, a drawing using color-dependent plot styles assigns plot properties to objects and layers by color. In other words, all objects with the same color have the same plot properties. CONVERTPSTYLES converts the drawing to use named plot styles that can be applied to objects or layers independent of color assignment. In other words, all objects with the same color can have different plot properties.

CONVERTING DRAWINGS FROM COLOR-DEPENDENT TO NAMED PLOT STYLES

A dialog box advises you to convert the drawing's plot style tables before converting the drawing. You can convert the color-dependent plot style tables assigned to the drawing to named plot style tables using CONVERTCTB.
The Select File dialog box (a standard file selection dialog box) is displayed, where you select the named plot style table file to attach to the converted drawing.
CONVERTPSTYLES requires you to select a named plot style table that was converted using CONVERTCTB or created from a PC2 or PCP file. Normally you should select the named
plot style table that was converted from the color-dependent plot style table that was assigned to the same drawing.
CONVERTPSTYLES attaches the selected named plot style table to model space and to all layouts. Drawing layers are each assigned a named plot style (from the converted plot style table) that has the same plot properties that their color-dependent plot style had.
  • Drawing objects that had the same color-dependent plot style as their layer are assigned the named plot style BYLAYER.
  • Drawing objects that had a color-dependent plot style that was different from their layer are assigned a named plot style that has the same properties that their color-dependent plot style had.
After a drawing is converted to named plot styles, you can change the named plot style table assignment or assign other named plot styles tables to model space or layouts. You can also assign individual plot styles to drawing objects.

CONVERTING DRAWINGS FROM NAMED TO COLOR-DEPENDENT PLOT STYLES

A dialog box advises you that the named plot styles attached to objects and named plot style tables attached to model space and layouts will be detached.
After a drawing is converted to color-dependent plot styles, you can assign a color-dependent plot style table. Plot styles will be applied by color.



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