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Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

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08-27-2013 07:45 AM

I'm having a weird problem. I have a bunch of pdf underlays in model space with four viewports referencing them in one paperspace layout. The viewports are on their own non-plot layer and the pdf underlays are on a plottable layer. This isn't an issue on the original dwg that I copied them from.

 

-Everything appears fine in paperspace (see FIG. 1)

-When I go to plot, only the viewport on the right shows up. (see FIG. 2)

-If I move the viewports on the left to the right side, they plot.(see FIG 3)

-When I move the original right viewport to the left side it no longer plots. (NOT SHOWN)

-If I toggle each viewport in the original layout and draw a random line in model space all four of them plot(see FIG. 4)

 

-I've checked the vp and pdf underlay layers and properties-all are good

-I've tried creating new vp's and still have same issues

-tried creating a new dwg, copied in the pdf underlays and still have same issue

 

 

Anyone have any idea why this is happening?

 

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Re: Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

08-27-2013 09:32 AM in reply to: designer17
As a test, of you plot the entire layout to a smaller sheet size (start at letter size), does the problem go away? what about the next size sheet up? and the one after that? and so on?
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Re: Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

08-27-2013 11:13 AM in reply to: pendean

We use a smaller printer that prints 11x17 max for check prints and a full size plotter that we use sparingly.

 

I was initially trying to make 11x17 prints and ran the test you mentioned on both printers.

 

FIRST PRINTER MENTIONED:

A size=no viewports printed

B size=Only right vp printed

 

 

SECOND PRINTER MENTIONED:

All viewports showed up for each different plot size

 

 

I'm stumped. I've never had this issue with our small printer.

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Re: Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

08-27-2013 12:52 PM in reply to: designer17
what's the small printer and what driver are you using?
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Re: Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

08-27-2013 01:25 PM in reply to: pendean

HP LaserJet 5100 PS

Driver: PSCRIPT5  0.3.7601.17514  version 6.00

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Re: Viewports of pdf unerlays not plotting

08-27-2013 04:24 PM in reply to: designer17
Win7 64bit by chance? You must install and use the HP Universal printer Driver for it to all work with AutoCAD.

And do you really need to use Postscript? PCL5 works fine here on our HP5100.
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Re: Viewports of pdf underlays not plotting

08-28-2013 06:59 AM in reply to: pendean

Yup, running win 7 64-bit.  As far as the drivers and printer setup, that is all designated by the IT department. However, while discussing my issue with our resident cad guru and walking him through all the steps I've done to isolate/resolve the problem we were able to determine it's not isolated to our HP5100.  The viewports are no longer showing up on our large plotter when plotting at 11x17 or smaller.  We also tried a couple other printers as well as printing to pdf and the issue appears whenever we attempt to plot at 11x17 or smaller.  We had the IT department look into it and everyone's stumped.

 

In the end, I decided I was wasting to much time on it and just converted the pdf's into image files then re-inserted them into the drawing and those showed up fine.

 

Anyways, thanks for your help.

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