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MSWord NT: HP PLT Graphics insertion?

By Art Cadman ·
Platform: NT 4.00
Program: Word 97 SR-2

Received a new computer with the same version of Word on it as my old computer but now the OS is NT instead of WIN95. 'Insert Picture-From File-HP Graphics Language (*.plt)' is not available anymore and the MS Convpack.eve didn't help. Not only can't I insert PLT files but all the DOCs I created for manufacturing equipment & process support with PLT graphics inserted can't be viewed on my NT PC. Is MS really not supporting a PLT graphics filter in NT Word? Tell me I got it wrong, or give me a work around besides reinserting 310 AutoCAD graphics in 130 DOCs. Yes, at least I still have the original AutoCAD files used to create the graphics.

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Yes it can and has been done.

by Art Cadman In reply to MSWord NT: HP PLT Graphic ...

According to Disc. FAQs I posted this in the wrong place. This was a Technical Q for Technical Q&A posting.

Anyway, I found the solution through other groups (ElementK and AutoDesk discussion forums and MS TechNet).

MS TechNet helped by directing me to their article Q196506. Although the installer, Hpgl32.exe, wouldn't run in NT, the article's mention of the registry got me looking there. The problem was solved by getting the HPGLIM32.FLT file from my old computer and sticking it in the Grphflt directory. Then I needed to edit the registry (copying a few pertinent entries from my old computer's registry where I found "HPGL".)
Microsoft dropped the HPGL filter in Word 97 (it wasn't a WIN95 vs. NT issue). The reason the HPGL filter worked on my old computer is that Word97 was installed as an upgrade (keeping the registry and HPGLIM32.FLT file intacked from the previous version of Word), where as a new installation of Word97 was done on the new NT system.

Correction: HPGL graphics in Word97 documents are viewable without setting up the HPGL filter, but linked HPGL graphics are not.

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