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

    As an example:

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    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.

    Workaround:

    • 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:

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

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

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    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”.

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