I'm plotting a map that is supposed to show a background of either aerial imagery or the USGS topographic maps. I have points for wells from the state database that has a tabular join to an excel spreadsheet. The well points are color coded for samping data from the spreadsheet. I want the color-coded points with the well ID number in a plot (paper or .PDF).
The imagery/map underlay are both MapIInserted, versus FDO Raster, but I've put them into a layer in Display Manager.
What's happening is that some of the points plot & some of the labels plot, but not all. Also, some of the text for the labels is missing the front end of text and some is missing the tail end.
I've gone as far as trying to set the white background of the USGS quads "transparent" and plotting with transparency thinking that the points were "under" the images. Not the case.
I'm only getting about 40% of the points.... WHY??????? I've spent the better part of a day on this and getting extremely frustrated. I've tried turning on/off hardware acceleration. I'm working with a "non-compliant" graphics card - think this is the issue?
Any input greatly appreciated.
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Oh, and same thing happens in both C3D 2011 and 2012 - just haven't updated my signature as I'm not using 2012 for most of our production work.
Even more fun - when I turn off the images altogether, the FDO points are unchanged - it's something with plotting the FDO data versus FDO + Image
Have you tried using the Draworder command?
When i have linework/points that don't print with aerials, sometimes its as simple as selecting the points/linework and do a 'draworder' 'front'.
tried multiple times.
Some of the points even disappear when they are the only object(s) being printed.
Right now I'm trying to update my printer driver. I'll post if that is the cause of this mess....
I'm giving up.... my issue is demonstrated in the attached scan of a paper plot and a screenshot of my desktop. Updating the plotter driver didn't help.
I'm resorting to using manual blocks as this issue has now cost me over $1,200 in lost billable time....
Thank God I'm no longer doing tech support as an A/E and having to tell customers that I have no viable solution!
and if you put the points in a dwg without any other layers, will they print ok? If they do, save a *.layer and then try that layer back over the image.
Even trying to take the layer and exporting it to a new .SDF (to hardwire in the joined excel spreadsheet) had similar results when putting it into it's own drawing and using design center to copy over the layout for printing.
Thanks for the idea.
If you have "Plot Transparency" Checked in your plot dialogue, I would uncheck it and try again.
It is usually the problem 4 out of 5 times for me when I have an issue printing.
not sure if got the details right - if the missing objects are based on FDO : it worked occasionally in the past to increase memory available to Map/Civil, e.g. turning on the 3GB switch on 32bit WindowsOS.
Another thing - but that doesn't seem to apply here : in the past the number of fdo labels to be printed was restricted to 1000 (I think) but this could be changed by modifying a registry value.
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