Freitag, 9. Juni 2017

Map-Plot extension - iusse with FDO hatches in a rotated viewport

As mentioned already - back then for Map 2013 - there is an issue with hatches in a rotated viewport when using Map (FDO) layers. For details see here. The issue has not been resolved yet (Map 2017 SP1).

To get around it we basically replaced the problematic Map layer hatch with an AutoCAD hatch. We created 3 drawings (one for each of the print scales: 1:500, 1:1000 and 1:2000) containing only the hatches which cause issues, these hatches are plain AutoCAD hatches which print fine in a rotated viewport. These drawings were created by Map-DWG export.

As we use our own batch plot extension (as mentioned here) I just needed to extend it in order to attach one of the three drawings as XREF automatically before the layout gets printed off.

Map 2017, SP1


 ...  
 IPlot plot = myLibrary.FindPlot(FIDPlot);  
 PltPlotRenderer r = PltPlotRendererFactory.CreateRenderer(RendererConfiguration.Plot, plot, RenderingCompatibility.CurrentVersion);  
 r.Render(); // renders the plot as AutoCAD layout  
 ...  
 // xrefs   
 string xref_pfad = "S:\\GIS\\Va\\Map3D2017\\Startbilder\\";  
 string xref_500 = "Wald_500.dwg";  
 string xref_1000 = "Wald_1000.dwg";  
 string xref_2000 = "Wald_2000.dwg";  
 ...  
 string plotname = plot.Name;          
 string xref = xref_500;  
 if (plotname.Contains("500"))  
      xref = xref_500;  
 else if (plotname.Contains("1000"))  
      xref = xref_1000;  
 else  
      xref = xref_2000;  
 //attach matching xref            
 attachDrawing2(xref_pfad, xref);  
 //send xref to bottom  
 toBack();  
 // regenerate all viewports  
 RegenAll();  
 ....  
           //copy and paste from AutoCAD forum ? - didn't keep the link,   
           public static void RegenAll()  
     {  
       Document doc = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument;  
       Editor ed = doc.Editor;  
       Database db = doc.Database;  
       Viewport vp;  
       using (DocumentLock docLock = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.LockDocument())  
       {  
         using (Transaction tr = db.TransactionManager.StartTransaction())  
         {  
           LayoutManager lm = LayoutManager.Current;  
           if (lm.CurrentLayout.ToLower() == "model") db.TileMode = false;  
           lm.CurrentLayout = lm.CurrentLayout;  
           Layout layout = tr.GetObject(lm.GetLayoutId(lm.CurrentLayout), OpenMode.ForRead) as Layout;  
           ObjectIdCollection vpIds = layout.GetViewports();  
           if (vpIds.Count < 2) { ed.Regen(); return; }  
           ed.SwitchToModelSpace();  
           for (int i = 1; i < vpIds.Count; i++)  
           {  
             vp = tr.GetObject(vpIds[i], OpenMode.ForWrite) as Viewport;  
             ed.SwitchToModelSpace();  
             Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.SetSystemVariable("Cvport", vp.Number);  
             ed.Regen();  
             ed.SwitchToPaperSpace();  
           }  
           tr.Commit();  
         }  
       }  
     }  
           ...  
     //copy and paste from :_http://through-the-interface.typepad.com/through_the_interface/2015/11/attaching-autocad-xrefs-and-inserting-them-at-the-origin-using-net.html  
     public void attachDrawing2(string filepath, string filename)  
     {  
       Database acCurDb;  
       acCurDb = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.Database;  
       string f = filepath + filename;  
       if (!File.Exists(f))  
         return ;       
       string  name = Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(f);  
       try  
       {  
         using (var tr = acCurDb.TransactionManager.StartOpenCloseTransaction())  
         {  
           DocumentLock docLock = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.LockDocument();  
           using (docLock)  
           {  
             var xId = acCurDb.AttachXref(f, name);  
             if (xId.IsValid)  
             {  
               BlockTable acBlkTbl;  
               acBlkTbl = tr.GetObject(acCurDb.BlockTableId, OpenMode.ForRead) as BlockTable;  
               var btr = tr.GetObject(acBlkTbl[BlockTableRecord.ModelSpace], OpenMode.ForWrite) as BlockTableRecord;  
               Point3d insPt = new Point3d(0, 0, 0);  
               var br = new BlockReference(insPt, xId);  
               btr.AppendEntity(br);  
               tr.AddNewlyCreatedDBObject(br, true);  
             }  
             tr.Commit();  
           }  
           Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.Editor.Regen();            
         }  
       }  
       catch (Autodesk.AutoCAD.Runtime.Exception e)  
       {  
         MessageBox.Show(e.ToString());  
       }  
     }  
           ...  
           //send XREF to bottom of draw order, copy and paste - didnt keep link  
     public void toBack()  
     {  
       Database acCurDb;  
       acCurDb = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.Database;  
       try  
       {  
         using (var tr = acCurDb.TransactionManager.StartTransaction())  
         {  
           DocumentLock docLock = Autodesk.AutoCAD.ApplicationServices.Application.DocumentManager.MdiActiveDocument.LockDocument();  
           using (docLock)  
           {  
             //var bt = (BlockTable)tr.GetObject(acCurDb.BlockTableId, OpenMode.ForRead);  
             //var ms = (BlockTableRecord)tr.GetObject(bt[BlockTableRecord.ModelSpace], OpenMode.ForRead);  
             var bt = tr.GetObject(acCurDb.BlockTableId, OpenMode.ForRead) as BlockTable;  
             var ms = tr.GetObject(bt[BlockTableRecord.ModelSpace], OpenMode.ForWrite) as BlockTableRecord;  
             DrawOrderTable drawOrderTab = tr.GetObject(ms.DrawOrderTableId, OpenMode.ForWrite) as DrawOrderTable;  
             ObjectIdCollection ids = new ObjectIdCollection();  
             // Loop through the contents of the modelspace  
             foreach (var id in ms)  
             {  
               // We only care about BlockReferences  
               var br = tr.GetObject(id, OpenMode.ForRead) as BlockReference;  
               if (br != null)  
               {  
                 // Check whether the associated BlockTableRecord is  
                 // an external reference  
                 var bd = (BlockTableRecord)tr.GetObject(br.BlockTableRecord, OpenMode.ForRead);  
                 if (bd.IsFromExternalReference)  
                 {  
                   ids.Add(br.ObjectId);  
                 }  
               }  
             }  
             if(ids.Count> 0)  
               drawOrderTab.MoveToBottom(ids);  
           }  
           tr.Commit();  
         }  

Mittwoch, 24. Mai 2017

Map Industry Model Plot Extension

If you use Map Industry Model Plot Extension make sure that the layers in your main display model do not contain a spatial filter. A spatial filter is automatically created when you save a display model. In order to remove the spatial filter you need to open the .layer file in an editor and remove the filter setting:


<Filter>GEOM ENVELOPEINTERSECTS GeomFromText('POLYGON XYZ ((698785 258855 0, 700411 258855 0, 700411 260393 0, 698785 260393 0, 698785 258855 0))')</Filter>

to

<Filter></Filter>

It seems that Map applies the filter from the layer file when generating a Map plot. If the spatial filter does not match with the area you want to create a plot for the layer content will not be shown.

Map 2017, Sp1

Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017

simple web site for converting drawing file into 3d pdf using FME

Once in while our CIVIL users want to convert a drawing file into a 3d PDF file. As they are not familiar with FME and dont have access to it anyway I set up a web page where a drawing file can be uploaded and gets converted to a 3d PDF. FME 32bit is installed on the server just for this purpose.

The website consists of two frames. The first frame allows to upload the drawing file, the second frame just lists the contents of the folder on the server where the PDF file gets stored.

Here is the PHP code for the upload. After uploading it triggers the execution of a BATCH file (see below) which starts the FME workbench. The workbench is a simple ACAD drawing reader connected to an 3d PDF writer. Everything is kept very simple.


 <html>  
 <body>  
 <script>  
 //refresh download frame in order to list newly created PDF file  
 parent.frames['download'].location.reload();  
 </script>  
 <h1>DWG zu 3D PDF</h1>  
 <form action="<?php echo $_SERVER["PHP_SELF"]; ?>" method="post" enctype="multipart/form-data">  
   DWG ausw&auml;hlen:  
   <input type="file" name="uploaded" id="fileToUpload"><br><br>  
      DWG hochladen:  
   <input type="submit" value="DWG hochladen" name="submit">  
 <br><br>  
 Nach dem Hochladen kann es einige Zeit dauern, bis die DWG konvertiert wurde. Bitte warten, bis eine Meldung erscheint.<br><br>  
 Im unteren Fenster sollte nach erfolgreicher Erstellung der PDF diese zum Download aufgelistet sein - falls nicht die gesamte Webseite aktualisieren.  
 <br><b>PDF bitte herunterladen (rechte Maustaste >> "Link speichern unter") - im Webbrowser werden keine 3d PDFs angezeigt.</b>  
 <br>  
 </form>  
 </body>  
 </html>  
 <?php  
 // PHP.INI  
 // upload_max_filesize = 20M  
 // --> if files are too big variables such as $_FILES['uploaded']['name'] and others are empty  
 // max_execution_time = 90  
 // FastCGI PHP in IIS execution time set to 90 secs  
 // Upload folder : set permissions  
 error_reporting(E_ALL);  
 if ($_POST['submit'] == '') die();       
 $target = "E:/www_fme_3dpdf_batch/uploads/";   
 $target = $target . basename( $_FILES['uploaded']['name']) ;   
 if(move_uploaded_file($_FILES['uploaded']['tmp_name'], $target))  
 {   
      //sending message to browser - doesnt work with IIS it seems :-(  
      //ob_implicit_flush(true);  
      //ob_start();  
      //ob_flush();  
      echo "<br><br>Datei <b>'". basename( $_FILES['uploaded']['name']). "'</b> hochgeladen.";   
      echo "<br><br>Dateikonvertierung gestartet....<br><br>";        
      echo "<small><pre>";  
      system("cmd /c E:/www_fme_3dpdf_batch/run_fme_acad2pdf.bat 2>&1", $output);  
      echo "</small></pre>";  
 }   
 else   
 {   
      echo "Problem aufgetreten. Datei nicht hochgeladen.";   
 }   
 ?>  

The batch file content:

 SET SOURCE="E:\www_fme_3dpdf_batch\uploads"  
 SET OUTPUT="E:\www_fme_3dpdf_batch\downloads"  
 DEL /Q %OUTPUT%\*.*  
 FOR %%F IN ("%SOURCE%\*.dwg") DO (    
     C:\apps\FME32\fme.exe acad2pdf.fmw --SourceDataset_ACAD "%%F"^  
                --DestDataset_PDF "%OUTPUT%\%%~nF.pdf"^  
                --LOG_FILE "%OUTPUT%\%%~nF_load.log"  
 )  
 DEL /Q %SOURCE%\*.*  

Mittwoch, 15. März 2017

Map Crash with error message "Method not found: '!!0[] System.Array.Empty()'"

I had my PC freshly installed and afterwards neither AutoCAD Map 2017 nor 3ds Max 2017 ran. Both crashed with error messages which looked like an .Net issue to me. Our IT department took my PC back and tried to reinstall - but to no avail. Apparently they had to change the harddisk to get both applications to run properly. 

Anyway - Map and Map-Administrator run now but only if I avoid loading a third party plugin. As soon as the plugin loads both programs crash - which doesn't happen on any other PC I tried. The CER report details show the following message:

<InnerException type="System.MissingMethodException"><Message>Methode nicht gefunden: "!!0[] System.Array.Empty()".</Message><StackTrace><Method>

It seems that the plugin was compiled against .net 4.6 but the .net runtime is lower than that. You can find a more detailed explanation here (reply by Alexandru).

That is a bit odd as Map 2017 itself requires .net 4.6 and therefore should not start up or run without 4.6 - but it does. When I checked the version of .net framework under "Installed Programs" it showed 4.6 but also 4.5:



The problem seems to be with language pack and / or registry settings.  Here are the two keys where the values don't match:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full\1031\Version = 4.6.00081
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full\1033\Version = 4.5.51209


On second PC both keys have the same value and under  "Installed Programs" it shows .net 4.6 twice:




Map 2017, SP1

Donnerstag, 2. März 2017

MapGuide log file

It is good practice to monitor log files. Unfortunately MapGuide log files are not easy to read:
- StackTrace details take up more space then the message itself, it is difficult to see when an error message starts and ends
- certain messages might appear very often although there are not really indicating an issue (such as "Session expired" message).

Here is Python3 script which reads MapGuide logs files and gets rid of StackTrace details and also filters out uninteresting messages. It adds a line number so that you can find the message in the original log file quickly. It also creates a simple summary for messages and their frequency. As we have two MapGuide servers the script is configured to read two different log file folders.  

If you want to use it you need to configure:
- the path for the MapGuide log files
- the path for saving the shortened log file 
- error messages you want to exclude
- the number of most recent log files you want to process (such as the 3 most recent ones)

I haven't done much in Python yet - the script doesn't do much error handling and has other shortcomings as well.

Thats how the result might look like:

****************
**************** Logfile: //wsstadt529/logfiles/MapGuide\Error.log
****************


<start>
3   DATE_TIME 2017-03-02 / 01:50:19
4    Success: Server stopped.

<end>
<start>
DATE_TIME 2017-03-02 / 01:51:23
6    Success: Server started.

<end>
<start>
DATE_TIME 2017-03-02 / 07:27:12
444    Error: An exception occurred in FDO component.
445           Error occurred in Feature Source (Library://FS_BEAR/WT_PO_BW_B/Data/TopobaseDefault.FeatureSource): Zeichenfolge ist kein gültiger Filter.  (Cause: Zeichenfolge ist nicht korrekt formatiert. , Root Cause: Zeichenfolge ist nicht korrekt formatiert. )
446    
<end>

...

<start>
DATE_TIME 2017-03-02 / 13:35:34
953    Error: An exception occurred in FDO component.
954           Error occurred in Feature Source (Library://FS_BEAR/WT_PO_BW_B/Data/TopobaseDefault.FeatureSource): Zeichenfolge ist kein gültiger Filter.  (Cause: Zeichenfolge ist nicht korrekt formatiert. , Root Cause: Zeichenfolge ist nicht korrekt formatiert. )
955    
<end>

*********************************************
************* Summary ***********************
*********************************************

# 3 :: Error: Failed to stylize layer: ZIM_Anlageobjekte_DynaS_GeoRest_MBR
# 36 :: Error: Failed to stylize layer: ZH_Orthofoto2015
# 1 :: Success: Server started.
# 1 :: Success: Server stopped.
# 27 :: Error: An exception occurred in FDO component.

************* File(s) ***********************
File processed: //wsstadt529/logfiles/MapGuide\Error.log
# of messages:68
# of messages excluded: 51

Here is the script:



 import os  
 import sys  
 from collections import Counter  
   
   
 """ extract date and time from logfile line """  
 def extractdatetime(a_text_line):  
   #DateTime Format in MapGuide-LogFile:  
   #<2016-12-15T11:00:34> <2015-07-05T12:39:55>  
   date = a_text_line[1:11]  
   time = a_text_line[12:20]  
   return (date, time)  
   
 """ checks whether a certain error message should be ignored / excluded from further processing """  
 def isErrorMessagesToExclude(a_message):    
   for text_to_find in errormessage_to_exclude:  
     if text_to_find in a_message:  
       return True  
   return False  
   
 """ removes the StackTrace details from an error message """  
 def removeStackTrace(a_message):    
   pos = a_message.find('StackTrace:')  
   if pos > -1:  
     return a_message[0:pos]  
   else:  
     return a_message  
   
 """ saves file """  
 def saveFile(text, filename, mode):  
   f = open(filename, mode)  
   f.write(text)  
   f.close()  
   
   
 """ returns a sorted list of files for a given directory , sorted by date  
   see: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4500564/directory-listing-based-on-time  
 """    
 def sorted_ls(path):  
   mtime = lambda f: os.stat(os.path.join(path, f)).st_mtime  
   result = list(sorted(os.listdir(path), key=mtime))    
   return result  
     
 """ keeps only MapGuide Logfiles and filters out all other files """  
 def filterLogfiles(files_in_dir):  
   filtered_files = []  
   for filename in files_in_dir:  
     if filename.endswith(".log") and filename.startswith("Error"):   
       filtered_files.append(filename)  
   return filtered_files  
         
 """ processes a single MG log file and simplifies content """  
 def processLogFile(logfile):    
   # counter for line number in log file  
   line_number = 0  
   # counter for number of messages processed  
   counter_messages = 0  
   # counter for messages we exclude from processing  
   counter_messages_ingnored = 0  
   # internal counter  
   count_opening_tag = 0    
   message = ''  
   message_part = ''  
   # encoding utf-8, ascii : returns error message while reading a certain character/bytes  
   with open(logfile, encoding='“latin-1') as a_file:  
     for a_line in a_file:                    
       line_number += 1        
       # all messages start with '<' and first line also contains date&time  
       if '<' in a_line:  
         count_opening_tag +=1  
         #get date and time  
         str_date, str_time = extractdatetime(a_line)  
         a_line = 'DATE_TIME ' + str_date + ' / ' + str_time + '\n'                  
       # we processing the first line of the current message  
       if count_opening_tag == 1:  
         # line number and date/time information in one new line  
         message_part += str(line_number) + '  ' + a_line          
       # we have reached the first line of the following message - now we need tp process the previous message       
       if count_opening_tag == 2:          
         #first we check whether the message can be ignored  
         if isErrorMessagesToExclude(message_part) is False:  
           # we remove the StackTrace details  
           message_part = removeStackTrace(message_part)            
           counter_messages += 1  
           # we wrap the message text in <start><end> tags  
           message += '\n<start>\n'  
           # we add the processed message to the result  
           message += message_part  
           message += '\n<end>'  
         else:  
           counter_messages_ingnored += 1  
         #as this is the first line of the "next" message already a_line contains the DATE_TIME for it  
         message_part = a_line  
         # reset counter - the current line is the first line of the next message  
         count_opening_tag = 1  
     # last line reached - last message block is not yet fully processed  
     # code from above is repeated here to close the processing of last message in logfile  
     if isErrorMessagesToExclude(message_part) is False:  
       message_part = removeStackTrace(message_part)                  
       message += '\n<start>\n'  
       message += message_part  
       message += '\n<end>'    
       counter_messages += 1  
     else:  
       counter_messages_ingnored += 1  
     temp = ["File processed: "+logfile, "# of messages:"+str(counter_messages), "# of messages excluded:\t "+str(counter_messages_ingnored) ]  
     summary_files.append(temp)      
     print("File processed: "+logfile)  
     print("# of messages:"+str(counter_messages))    
     print("# of messages excluded:\t "+str(counter_messages_ingnored))      
     return message  
   
 """ converts the newly created log file(s) summary into a list """  
 def convertToList(processedlogfile):  
   with open(processedlogfile, encoding='“latin-1') as a_file:  
     error_message = False  
     list_final = []  
     date_temp =''  
     time_temp = ''  
     error1_temp = ''  
     error2_temp = ''  
     line_counter = 0  
     for a_line in a_file:        
       line_counter += 1  
       if '<start>' in a_line:          
         line_counter = 1   
         error_message = True  
       if '<end>' in a_line:  
         error_message = False  
         line_counter = 0  
         list_temp = [date_temp, time_temp, error1_temp, error2_temp]  
         list_final.append(list_temp)  
       if error_message:           
         if line_counter == 2:  
           date_temp = a_line[10:20]  
           time_temp = a_line[23:]  
         if line_counter == 3:  
           error1_temp = a_line[5:].strip()  
         if line_counter == 4:  
           error2_temp = a_line[5:].strip()  
   return list_final  
   
 """ iterates over all relevant files and creates summary"""  
 def processLogfiles(logfile_dir, saveLogFileName, number_of_most_recent_files):     
   # create a new file for the results  
   saveFile('', saveLogFileName, 'w')    
   # get all files from directory with MapGuide logs  
   files_in_directory = sorted_ls(logfile_dir)    
   # filter out all non MapGuide log files  
   files_in_directory = filterLogfiles(files_in_directory)  
   # only process the most recent files   
   if(number_of_most_recent_files > 0):    
     index = ((number_of_most_recent_files ) * -1)  
     files_in_directory = files_in_directory[index:]    
   # interate over relevant log files  
   for filename in files_in_directory:      
       fn = os.path.join(logfile_dir, filename)  
       # process single log file  
       log_file_short = processLogFile(fn)  
       # create header      
       header = "\n\n****************"  
       header += "\n**************** Logfile: " + fn  
       header += "\n****************\n\n"        
       # write to file  
       saveFile(header, saveLogFileName, 'a')  
       saveFile(log_file_short, saveLogFileName, 'a')  
   # all files have been processed and relevant information has been written into one file          
   # now we want to get a summary of logged issues  
   resultList = convertToList(saveLogFileName)      
   '''  
   resultList is list of lists, lists have 4 items each   
   items 3 and 4 are equal to line 1 and 2 of a message    
   now we just count item 3 and get a Dictionary where frequency of message is key and message itself is value    
   '''    
   res = (Counter(mysublist[2] for mysublist in resultList))  
   text = "\n\n*********************************************"  
   text += "\n************* Summary ***********************"  
   text += "\n*********************************************\n\n"  
   for message, number in res.items():  
     text += "# " + str(number)+ "\t :: " + message +'\n'    
   # append summary    
   saveFile(text, saveLogFileName, 'a')    
   summ = "\n************* File(s) ***********************\n"  
   for alist in summary_files:  
     summ += "\n".join(alist)+"\n"  
   # append summary    
   saveFile(summ, saveLogFileName, 'a')    
   
     
 if __name__ == ("__main__"):  
     
     
   """ add any message you want to ignore when processing the log files"""  
   errormessage_to_exclude = [  
                 'Session has expired',   
                 'Resource was not found: Session:',   
                 'Die Sitzung (',   
                 'Error: Authentication failed'                  
                 ]    
   # number of most recent log files to process  
   # 0 - for all files to be processed  
   # can be overwritten when python script is called with parameter  
   number_most_recent_files = 3  
                   
   #if argument is provided we assume its a number  
   if len (sys.argv) == 2 :  
     number_most_recent_files = int(sys.argv[1])  
     
   # path to MapGuide error log directory       
   logfile_dir1 = '//wsstadt529/logfiles/MapGuide'    
   logfile_dir2 = '//wsstadt516/logfiles/MapGuide'    
   # file name for result - simplified log file:  
   saveLogFileName1 = 'c:/temp/aims_log_processed_529.txt'  
   saveLogFileName2 = 'c:/temp/aims_log_processed_516.txt'  
     
   # start processing  
   summary_files = []  
   processLogfiles(logfile_dir1, saveLogFileName1, number_most_recent_files)        
   summary_files = []  
   processLogfiles(logfile_dir2, saveLogFileName2, number_most_recent_files)      
     
   # open file(s) in Editor  
   os.startfile(saveLogFileName1)  
   os.startfile(saveLogFileName2)  
     

Freitag, 17. Februar 2017

AutoCAD Civil installation causes problem with existing Map installation

If you install AutoCAD Map 2017 and afterwards Civil 2017 exporting a Map drawing (FDO layers) as CAD drawing (command: _MAPTOACAD) might fail.

In particular if a template is used when exporting. Map will perform the export but will not finish the process - the dialog box won't disappear and the process cannot be cancelled. Map still uses CPU resources and needs to be closed forcefully. The drawing will be created and can be opened - but I'm not sure if all elements have been exported or not.
I had to reinstall Map to solve the issue.

Map 2017, SP1

Donnerstag, 16. Februar 2017

Map-Plot and plotting in background

Again it took me some time to figure out that Map-Plot and AutoCAD background plotting don't go well together. With Map 2013 we did use Map Plot for plotting maps as PDFs and we did not have an issue with regards to background-plotting although I do not know whether we just had not enabled background-plotting or the behavoir has changed in Map 2017.

Here are a few observations of Map 2017 and Map-Plots:

- Map Plot batch plotting does not work, Map will crash after the second plot and no PDF will be created
- if a single Map-plot is plotted manually (via context menu) an AutoCAD layout is being created and the map correctly rendered but it wont plot to the device (at least as long as a PDF plotter is being used), one needs to plot the AutoCAD layout manually
- when the AutoCAD layout has been created and the layout is plotted the resulting PDF file is sometimes empty, if the layout is plotted a second time the PDF file will be fine (if background-plotting is enabled)
- when the layout has been created and the layout is plotted error messages might appear:
FDO-Verbindung konnte nicht geöffnet werden. (cannot open FDO connection)
ORA-01005:  kein Kennwort angegeben; Anmeldung verweigert. (null password given; logon denied)
...
WARNUNG: Beim Anwenden von Stilen auf das Element PLT_V_GRID_EXTLINE_TBL sind folgende Probleme aufgetreten:
Objektquelle ist nicht verbunden. (whilst applying styles to element PLT_V_GRID_EXTLINE_TBL the following issue occured: feature source not connected)
...
and the PDF is created correctly (if background-plotting is enabled)

If you use Map-plots and you run into issues check whether background plotting is enabled or not. If you need batch plotting and you get crashes as well - have a look here.

I also noticed that disabling background-plotting seems to be ignored until Map is restarted,.

Map 2017, SP1