I wondered if you could share some of your experience with plot files in ArcGIS. I've been trying to make these, as I have a good expeirence with them from autoCAD (every drawing is exported to a PLT file, which stands by if another copy is wanted later on).
In arcGIS, I saw there is only options to export to PRN or RTL, but no PLT (which is a HP designed file, if I'm not mistaking).
Both PRN and RTL save the maps (containing vector and raster features) horridly, making the maps produce from them very discolored and messy.
From what I've deduced from the Internet, PRN is usally for documents, so it's probably not meant for rasters, hence the poor capabilities.
(for all those who want to ask: Saving only as a MXD isn't much good, as the layers can be changed over time, moved to different locations, and anyway, handling MXD can be done only by GIS trained personnal while printing plot files can be done by any given secretary).
Any thoughts? Has something in this field advanced in ArcGIS 10 (I'm in 9.3.1)??