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    Angry Plot problem - a COPY of raster seems to jump to front during plot, then disappears?!

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    Hi CADTutors, this is an odd one.

    I'm plotting polylines, SHP data and a background raster. Until yesterday, all was well. Today, odd things are a-happenin'.

    This is a screenshot of the sort of thing I want to plot:
    The purple areas are CONNECTED and STYLED (in Display Manager) shp data, the black/white/blue/green lines are polylines, the raster background (GB Ordnance Survey Miniscale tile) is STYLED in Display Manager as Raster>>>33pc fade.

    When I plot to jpg, I get the same selected area of print, but just the OS tile UNfaded and nothing else.
    When I plot to PDF, and i open the PDF, I can watch the PDF "build" itself and the correct data is there (as per the screenshot) BUT it then gets "covered up" by the OS tile, unfaded.

    From this, I surmise that it's plotting everything correctly BUT then putting a copy of the UNfaded Raster tile ON TOP of everything, obscuring it. . I only know this 'cos the PDF build-up shows me what it's doing.

    It didn't do this until yesterday, and this has happened before but "it just sort of came back". I tried the following today, no luck:

    All the various "send to back" options for the raster >> wouldn't explain the un-fading.
    WBLOCK out the polyline data, create a new DWG, INSERT block, re-import the raster and re-connect and STYLE the SHP file.
    Restart my machine and do all of the above.
    Restart my machine and not run any other applications (Outlook, Internet Explorer etc).
    Hit the monitor with a binder until it bleeds liquid crystal, and otherwise act like a child having a tantrum . That was satisfying but ultimately unproductive.

    What's most annoying, apart from all the annoying stuff, is I can see it's gonna happen. During the plot process (I love watching a little progress bar fill up from left to right), I see my display turn white, then this un-faded raster fills the screen, plot completes, the un-faded raster disappears and leaves my screen as per the screenshot. I check the plot and hey presto! it's screwed. In effect, I think it's laughing at me.

    Dear, dear AutoCADists, please could you help?

    Or, failing that, could you just send me money to soothe me? Pounds Sterling is fine, as is U$D or €Euros...
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