PLT files... dead or alive?
PLT files? Anyone use them? Believe it or not I still do... for sets of drawing files to be sent to anyone with a specific printer or plotter that you do not want to send a source DWG file, possibly a printing or plotting service or to simly reprint a single drawing or an entire set (without the need to open the DWG or even have AutoCAD). One thing you do need to know is the specific printer and the driver (typically uses a plotter language e.g.: HPGL, HPGL/2 or HP-RTL) each printer or plotter supports specific language. One of the utilities I like is a freeware utility called PrintFile.
I saw this most excellent post in the Autodesk Discussion Groups specifically in a thread asking about how to plot plt files... the following link was provided by a user simply named J.
How do I view or print AutoCAD plot files?
The page is very well written and has links to some utilities for PLT files. If you have any other links please use the "comments" feature so I can add them for the benefit of others.
Enjoy! - Tracy