Distributing and Sharing eTransmit Transmittal Settings with your Team

With the many resource files necessary to display many AutoCAD drawings, sending your DWG files to an external consultant can prove to be a challenging endeavor. Of course this was the very reason Autodesk introduced the ETRANSMIT command to AutoCAD many versions ago. Although the ETRANSMIT command isn’t the most complex command in AutoCAD, it does have it’s share of settings for you to specify.

eTransmit Transmittal Setups Dialog
The eTransmit Transmittal Setups Dialog

If you use the ETRANSMIT command with any frequency, there’s a good chance you’ve discovered the ability to create what AutoCAD calls a Transmittal Setup. These are a great little tool that will let you recycle your eTransmit settings drawing after drawing, and can be a real time saver if you exchange a lot of drawings. Unfortunately, while AutoCAD provides a way to save Transmittal Settings, the ETRANSMIT command will not let you share them across your company for the purposes of standardization.

Although the ETRANSMIT command does not provide a way to distribute your Transmittal Setups, the Sheet Set Manager functions provide an interesting workaround to sharding standardized Transmittal Setups across your organization. To accomplish this:

  1. Open your Sheet Set Manager Template, and select Transmittal Setups by right-clicking on the Sheet Set Name.
    ssm transmittal setups

  2. Click the New button from the Transmittal Settings dialog, and then specify a name for your new transmittal configuration from the New Transmittal Setup dialog.
    New Transmittal Setup

  3. Create your new Transmittal Setup like you would using the ETRANSMIT command.

Your new Transmittal Setup is now stored within your Sheet Set Manager template. To use this Transmittal Setup, simply right-click within Sheet Set Manager, and choose eTransmit.

Accessing the eTransmit command within Sheet Set manager

Using the eTransmit command within Sheet Set Manager is very similar to using it outside Sheet Set Manager. After AutoCAD finished scanning your drawing, the Create Transmittal dialog will open allowing you to specify your new Transmittal Setup.

Creating a new eTransmit Transmittal using Sheet Set Manager


Donnie Gladfelter
Donnie Gladfelter

Donnie is author of the book and Autodesk Official Press, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT: No Experience Required, a columnist for AUGIWorld Magazine, Autodesk University speaker, and former member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

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