Vice President of Autodesk Labs, Brian Mathews, taught an Autodesk University 2006 class entitled "Building Custom DWF-based GIS Applications for Mobile Field Force Workers." In his class, Brian shared some tips related to the AutoCAD Sheet Set Manager.
The Sheet Set Manager (SSM) was added to AutoCAD 2005 and allows you to organize and work with an entire project worth of DWG files. While the SSM has many productivity benefits, of particular interest is one-click publishing to DWF. Some professionals find the SSM doesn’t fit their workflow or data architecture, but for those who have a workflow compatible with the SSM it provides many productivity benefits:
The SSM has publishing settings that are similar to those used by the PUBLISH command, but with extra choices. These can be found in the SSM Sheet Set Publish Options… dialog box:
The SSM includes an option to convert its sheet list into a PUBLISH action where you can use the PUBLISH command to more precisely control which Page Setup settings are used for each sheet. There is a bug with the Sheet Set Manager when you try and use Page Setup overrides: you’ll get several single-page DWF’s rather than a multi-page DWF when you ask for a multi-page DWF. The solution is to convert the SSM DST project to a PUBLISH DSD job.
While PUBLISH job definitions are stored in ASCII DSD files (and are thus scriptable), the Sheet Set Manager project is stored in an un-scriptable binary DST file.