Trying to make some maps for publication, and my dashed lines often generate a 'extra-long dash at one point or another.
Any idea what is causing this and/or how to eliminate so it is a uniform dashed lined?
This is a common occurrence with dashed and dotted lines in CC3. If you use the node move tool and pick the closest node and move it just a tiny fraction you should be able to get rid of it. This takes a bit of patience, but you will find that you only have to move them so slightly as to make little or no difference to the shape of the line.
Whelp...when each map takes 10 minutes to 'export to check' guess I know what I'm doing for the next day or so :(
Make sure that your line style is NOT set to 'Scale to fit ends' because that will actually do some undesirable scaling to the pattern to make a whole number of repeats for within the line. Once this is off, those issues should be mostly gone. Additionally, don't let your lines be scaled in 'paper scale', since that causes them to be different on export from what you see on screen.
How many passes is it doing during export?
You might be able to speed it up a bit by typing EXPORTSETMPPP (hit enter) and reading the figure shown in the command bar, then entering it again with just one more zero. That will massively increase the width of each pass and should cut down the time it takes to render.
Also be careful just how much antialiasing you use, since that increases the total size of the initial output to allow CC3 to do the necessary antialiasing. For a large map 20% should be enough.
Need the images at 300 dpi for a half page, and I want them 2x page size so they can scale down without losing detail.
OK, so the command:
came with a result of 4000000
So, I set 40000000 (again, making a very large image her (18 inches x 10 inches) at 300 DPI. So, gone from 19 passes to 3.
So, far the suggestions seem to be getting me the results looking for!
OK. Why do people use Export instead of Print? I have much better results with Print.
Because I need to hand over to the publisher as a PNG file at 300 DPI.
Is this is Fractal Terrains or CC3? I do not have FT, but CC3 options have the pass times determined by what your antialias setting. The higher that is, the more passes it does. The DPI has nothing to do with how many passes in CC3. I have mine set to 300 dpi as standard.
I see. I on the other hand, need to have a large map to play on. 5' x 5' is not unusual, although the map is made up of multiple sheets ranging from 11 x 17 to 13 x 19 inches.