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Symbols in Schedule are Printing at Very Low Resolution

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The way to fix it is to edit the sheet layer from the Navigation Palette or the Tools>Organization…>Sheet Layer Tab.


Set the Raster Rendering DPI to 150 (It defaults to 72).  That usually does it.  If not, set it to 300.


In the worksheet, symbols are displayed not as vector objects, but as bitmaps.  So you have to crank up the DPIs to compensate.


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Changing the resolution of a sheet layer changes the resolution for everything on that layer.


Two questions:  Are you printing from a sheet layer and not a collection of design layers?  And is your worksheet on the design layer and appearing in the sheet layer in a viewport or placed directly on the sheet layer?

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I had the schedule on the design layer. 


 I've just tried it on the sheet layer, but it is the same low res.


Could it be a setting in the schedule under image sizes etc?


When I change from thumbnails to 2D attributes I just get rectangle instead of the symbol..


I am still confused why the program changes the schedule instance of the symbol to bitmap?




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The worksheet has settings to scale the symbol, but not for resolution.


2D attributes will just give you a rectangle.  That's working as designed.


I don't know why it works that way.  


I just looked as some old drawings in 2016 and 2017 and the one I'm working.  Now I'm no longer convinced that the resolution helps the worksheet.  Tried working on a current drawing.  Couldn't even make images appear.  So I took some symbols and copied them into a new drawing.  Images work and look ok.  Not great.  But OK.  Resolution doesn't matter.


So now I'm more confused.  Sorry :-)

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On 5/15/2017 at 3:34 AM, dontevenjoke said:

Thanks for trying.

It's weird. I'm sure no one wants symbols to look like that?




If you are using VW2017, you can change the resolution of the images in the worksheet.

The Image resolution setting can be found in the worksheet preferences dialog (can be accessed from the worksheet File menu).

The default is 150DPI, you would want to increase it.



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