Cant See .ctb files: CONVERTPSTYLES

When opening a drawing that is from someone else, they may have set the drawing to plot/print using a “Style” that has a file extension of “.stb” instead of a “.ctb”

What is a “.stb”?
The settings that define how a drawing looks when it is printed can be defined by either how it handles each color in the drawing (.ctb = Color Dependent Plot Style) or by wrapping up many of the various plot settings as a “Style” (.stb = Named Plot Style).

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When you come across a drawing that has plot styles (,stb) and not your usual .ctb files simply use the command CONVERTPSTYLES <enter>

 

It will notify that it will no longer be looking for .ctb files

Click OK

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Just to verify that it worked, look in the command line…

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Now the drawing should be able to see your .ctb files when plotting.

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4 Responses to Cant See .ctb files: CONVERTPSTYLES

  1. Matthew says:

    This is a great post! I have a coworker that we had to use this for.

  2. William T. Guevremont says:

    I visited a couple of other sites and their solutions were crazy cumbersome! Your solution and the way you presented it was absolutely amazing GOOD!! I have a project due tomorrow and was stressed beyond belief until I tried your awesome easy solution!!!! THANKS.

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