Frequent tipster Danny Korem recommends using paper space layouts in AutoCAD to help automate publishing and other tasks.
"When AutoCAD 11 was released, we met paper space for the first time. Before that, the working area was a single layout. Nowadays, we have (in theory) an unlimited number of layouts. The use of layouts is the best method, other than a proper DWT template file, for automating printing, plotting, and publishing and for creating new drawings. I keep another template that I use to import layouts and page setups on demand."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: I remember when AutoCAD 11 came out. Paper space was brand new, and many of us were confused about how, when, or why we would use it. Now that paper space has been around for some time, we have found many uses for it. One very practical use is page setups, which are preset printing settings. Once they are set, you will be able to print as soon as you open the file. It is a real time-saver.