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    By Miles Nicholson

    Some users have reported that the Inventor shaded views are completely dark when updating DWF or PDF in Vault.

    As an example:


    This incident is currently being investigated by Autodesk® for a possible cause / resolution and is currently on Autodesk’s Inventor IdeaStation under article:

    Lighting Adjustability in IDW Shaded Views

    Additional Information:

    Inventor Server was introduced in Autodesk® Vault 2018.2 and has since been used by default to handle Vault jobs for Inventor files. It doesn’t use an Inventor license.


    • Avoid the use of customised lighting in the model file and use a customised appearance instead.
    • In Vault Explorer, find out what the default IPJ is:


    Open the IPJ and ensure that the design data is set to default. Edit and check in a new version if necessary.


    • On the Job Processor client machine, ensure that the default "Design Data (Styles, etc.)" Application Options setting is correct.


    It needs to point to the exact same location as the machine that checked the file in, in the first place.

    • Try to use a default Reflection Environment in Drawing > Document Settings > “Drawings” tab such as the “Chrome.dds”.


    Article originally published by Autodesk: Shaded views are completely dark when updating DWF / PDF in Vault