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VP Line Weights Don't Display in Best Compatibility Mode

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Create a blank file.  Draw some walls.  Create a section viewport.  Edit the Section Style class so that it has a light fill and heavy line (such as 0.70mm).  In the Viewport's Advanced Properties > Display, set the Line Weight Scale to 1.  Set Vectorworks Preferences > Display > Navigation Graphics to "Best Compatibility."  Update the section viewport, and draw a line (either inside the annotations or not) and set it to the same thickness as for the Section Style class (the 0.70mm) as a reference.  Note that the lines representing the walls at the section plane are not 0.70mm as expected.  Change Navigation Graphics to "Best Performance," and then they are as expected.  VWIS179

 

Unfortunately, with Navigation Graphics set to "Best Performance," the colors of objects in viewports that are on layers using layer color overrides are entirely nonsensical (whereas they are as expected with "Best Compatibility."  VWIS175

 

The super powerful Vectorworks Graphics Module seems to have plunged us into a seemingly endless and inescapable world of Vectorworks graphics trauma.  

 

 

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The graphic modes are like juggling with three balls: You can't have everything at the same time, and you must keep moving to avoid crashing!

 

It's like the engineers thought "Um....we don't know what's wrong....but try THESE".

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An example:

 

A Sheet layer viewport containing two sections on a design layer (bldg and roof)

 

Best compatibility:

 

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Good compatibility and perfomance & Best compatibility, the roof beyond the section line is missing:

 

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And then again, using best performance I get a wireframe floorplan flying on the top of my rendered facades...even though it is not visible on the whole sheet.

 

Too many hiccups as it is (2019SP5.3).

 

 

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AND....even though the roof is visible with the "best performance" option, the roof doesn't show up on a published PDF.

 

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AND...of course, the roof shows up in a published dwg, BUT the roof line type is solid and stays so despite any LTS change. Weirdly, the properties window in autocad displays the line type correctly.

 

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I need the following consistency: SCREEN - SHEET LAYER - PDF -DWG. They cannot be different!

 

 

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Hmmm...the thread was about line weight, sorry about that. However the core issue is with the VGM in this case, too.

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This issue persists in SP3.  I neglected to mention in my original post that "Zoom Line Thickness" needs to be turned on in order to see the different line weights.

 

Also, after having set up the viewport and the 0.70mm reference line, if you switch from "Best Compatibility" to "Best Performance," it's necessary to zoom at least a little before the line weights actually update.  It would be nice if Vectorworks had "real-time" graphics, let alone real-time rendering.

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