Note: AutoScript is no longer available. Development and production were shut down in September 1998. For several years after you could still use a competing program for these and other functions, CAD Publisher. That now appears to be defunct. See the box at the bottom of this page.
AutoScript is a fancy file convertor which takes an AutoCad drawing file and produces a PostScript or an Encapsulated PostScript file from it. That output file is then suitable for use as an illustration either directly as a presentation piece or for pre-press use. It is used greatly in the screen printing industry, especially for control panels, printed circuit boards and membrane key pads.
AutoScript offers three very major advantages over AutoCad output - or any other file conversion program :
- A quick and consistent method of setting colors, fills, and line specs for a range of entities based on their color in AutoCad.
- Control over linewidths, fills over any closed entity, creation of any color and halftone-cell control for pre-press.
- The original AutoCad drawing is not messed with or changed. Output settings are saved in an AutoScript "config" file.
Look at a Features List for AutoScript
And See These AutoScript Screens
Edit and Create Color Definitions
Set Output Specifications for Drawing Lines Page Setup: Size and Scale Font Substitution Table - With Lookup Table Windows Preview Print Dialog, Expert Options, Preferences Batch Processing Help File (click on open rather than save)
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CAD Publisher (Autoset), out of Australia, offers equivalent capability.
Their web site was at: http://www.jwgraphics.com.au
UPDATE (28 December 2009) : This site is now gone, replaced by a parasitic link farm. I have to guess that CAD Publisher is also no longer available.
John Walker is (was?) the head of the firm.
His last email was email@example.com - you might give it a try.
Their last phone number in Melbourne, Australia was 613 9879 4388 (from the US: 011 613 9879 4388)
NOTE: Perhaps the same technology changes also eventually made CAD Publisher obsolete. AutoScript was a niche product which was being eclipsed by advances in tech and there was no way we could keep up with the changes. Too many people would have to have been added to staff and the niche of rendering was already being eaten up by the product itself. So when AutoScript closed up (September 1998) it was really a matter of time before what AutoScript did in providing PostScript fonts, shading and output would be overtaken by other methods to acheive the same result. All in all AutoScript lasted about 11 years (from 1987) which in the changing world of software is a long time and in the conditional-love world of niches to fill is a very long time especially for a niche which has enough main-stream demand that niche opening would soon be filled by the people who, themselves, left it open.