PlotMinder Released for AutoCAD LT

Flint, Michigan - March 6, 2002 -- CAD fx, Inc. announces the release of Plot Minder supporting AutoCAD LT. Plot Minder is a plot tracking and cost-recovery
application for AutoCAD and now AutoCAD LT. While many applications provide
plot management, few applications track plotting activity for the purpose of
providing reports for future cost analysis and/or billing. Plot Minder is
designed and dedicated to plot cost recovery. Working inside AutoCAD,
completely transparent to the user, Plot Minder tracks and records valuable
information for each plotting activity. As often as needed, the user may
create reports, customized from standard templates, to be used for billing,
job cost analysis, and future estimating. The automated recording and report
functions of Plot Minder make it easy to provide timely accurate data for
billing, cost recovery, and analysis. A free online movie demo, free
evaluation program, and complete manual are available for download at Minder/. A single license retails for $195. Quantity
discounts are available for multiple workstation or site license purchases
that can reduce the per-workstation cost to as low as $65.

Automatically Captures Plot Data
Plot Minder delivers unparalleled ease of use and accuracy for capturing
AutoCAD LT plot activity and media usage. Once loaded, Plot Minder runs
transparently in AutoCAD LT. As each plot is generated, Plot Minder captures
predefined information about that plot such as job number, drawing name,
plot area (requested or effective), user name, date & time, number of
copies, and cost. This information is now available to the CAD, accounting,
or project management departments for billing (cost recovery), cost
accounting, or future cost estimates.

Reporting Activities
Plot Minder includes several standard report templates that allow the user
to 'filter' each report to create hundreds of different report formats. This
simple, yet highly versatile reporting system makes it possible to
automatically generate accurate and timely documentation of each plotting
activity. In addition to the standard report templates, Plot Minder for
AutoCAD LT also provides 'hooks' into the plot database that allow the user
to produce custom report templates. This combination of standard and custom
report templates, and custom filtering for each template makes documentation
of cost recovery for plot activity easy and automatic.

Plot Minder is password protected for different levels of administrative and
user authority. Administrators can control who has access to what
information. This insures that data captured and reported by Plot Minder is
not only accurate for each plot, but accurately reflects the activity on
each project, and/or for each CAD operator. With password protected security
levels and automatic activity, recording accurate statistical data and cost
recovery is as simple as producing and delivering a report.

Features of Plot Minder for AutoCAD LT

  • Virtually transparent to the CAD user
  • Track billing and media usage
  • Standard and filtered reports
  • Create custom reports
  • Supports batch plotting
  • English / Metric area calculations
  • Automatically update the Viewer
  • Standard and user comments
  • Export data to CSV file
  • Password protected administrative interface
  • Automatically
    Captures & Determines:
  • Job Number
  • Drawing Name
  • Plot Area (requested or effective)
  • Plot Type (Draft, Final, etc.)
  • User Name
  • Date & Time
  • Copies
  • Cost

    About CAD fx, Inc.
    CAD fx, Inc. (formerly MSCC, Inc.) was established in 1989 as a developer of
    productivity software for the CAD industry. Currently an Autodesk Authorized
    Developer, CAD fx specializes in creating production enhancing CAD software
    for the machine tool industry, and CAD management and productivity tools for
    the general CAD design industry. In addition to PlotMinder, CAD fx has
    created and distributes applications for plot batch processing under
    AutoCAD, drawing alteration, and automated drawing generation from known
    parameters. Custom-programming services are also available for CAD and other
    business applications.

    For more information on CAD fx visit

  • Reviews:
    Review Article
    • October 09, 2008
      Reviewed by 'Danelle'
      Though this software could be quite helpful in tracking costs, the reviewer did not mention the many, many problems Plotminder has with licensing. I have installed this software three times in the last three months, each time having to go to CAD fx and request a new authorization number. The reason for so many re-installations? The instructions sent with the booklet are vauge at best on how to deploy in a network environment, and when trying to get help from the tech support staff, they refer to installation choices with are not even available! I have had a very patient and helpful support experience at times, but I've spent way too much time trying to fix problems that should never have been occuring in the first place. I often think it would be eaiser and more time efficient to just keep a simple excel spreadsheet of everyone's plotting activity. Overall, this software sounds like a good idea, but it doesn't function as it should and has been a disappointment so far.

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