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Remove the Educational Plot Stamp
Tip# 4476 By Tina Stimpson On 01-Jun-2015
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Categories : Saving Files
Software type : AutoCAD 2015
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If you accidentally saved a DWG using the educational version of AutoCAD, this tip shows you how to remove the plot stamp in later versions.

If you get the following dialog box when you open a drawing in AutoCAD 2013:

Open the file in AutoCAD 2015 and save the file (2015 saves in the 2013 format). Once you open the file again with 2013, the message is gone.

Notes from Cadalyst tip review R.K. McSwain: In the past, if you saved a DWG using the educational version of AutoCAD, a plot stamp identifying the DWG as educational would be embedded in the DWG file and could not be removed. It would even "infect" commercial drawings if you mixed the two up. Starting with AutoCAD 2014 SP1 and later, once you open the drawing in the current version and save it, the plot stamp will no longer plot and/or be part of the DWG file. For more information see: http://autode.sk/1AheAsc.


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Comment by Overholtzer,Jim
Posted on 2015-06-01 14:30:44
R.K. McSwain, Be careful stating that the Educational plot stamp will "no longer be part of" the drawing if opened up in AutoCAD 2014 SP1. That is not the case. See this excerpt taken from the AutoDesk link you provided: With AutoCAD 2014 Service Pack 1, drawing files no longer show the educational plot stamp while plotting and no longer display the warning message when opened. However, the plot stamp is still in the file even though it does not show. The danger with this is that someone with AutoCAD 2014 SP1 could open a file and work on it without realizing it has the educational plot stamp. If that person then sends the file to someone without AutoCAD 2014 SP1, or who has an earlier version of AutoCAD, that person will see the warning and the plot stamp. AutoCAD 2014 SP1 will still propagate the plot stamp to other files.
Comment by Powell,Ron
Posted on 2015-06-01 15:26:21
Jim is correct. Additionally, it would be a good idea to clarify "mixed the two up". If a user copy-pastes, inserts, drag-n-drops, uses Design Center to copy between open drawings, or xref's content from a drawing which was previously saved by a student version of an Autodesk product, the target drawing will then carry within its header database a virus-like string of code which will execute when any commercial version of AutoCAD (pre-2014 SP1) opens it and will display the alert dialog seen in this post. Drawings "infected" continue to carry the mark and will also plot the mark within the perimeter of the plotting area. Saving back to earlier versions with AutoCAD 2015 or 2016 successfully removes the mark, but the unfortunate few stuck on 2014 SP1 never know they have a problem until they send the drawing to someone with an earlier version, and often unwittingly "infect" entire block libraries and projects without ever knowing the banned content was within one of their source drawings. To those, I suggest contacting Autodesk directly for a hotfix.
Comment by Rizkallah,Raymond
Posted on 2015-06-02 06:09:49
I discoverd that simply using command "DXFOUT" will release you from the "Educational Plot" stamp.