Notes on LayOut’s new Output Override Feature

Hi all, and welcome to the 2023.1 release of LayOut.
With all the goodies with this release (see the release notes) I did want to call out one specific change to be aware of.

We have implemented an new Output Override feature allowing you to work in raster mode while providing the ability to export (print or a file) in either Vector or Hybrid mode (File → Document Setup…-> Rendering). While this will be very beneficial for those needing Vector or Hybrid rendered viewports but not wanting to work in LayOut with viewports rendered in either Vector or Hybrid, this will be a change for those of you exporting Raster rendered viewports.

This feature has been set on by default so that more people are more likely to experience smoother operations in LayOut. So, if you want to print or export Raster rendered viewports, this preference will need to be disabled. By not disabling this feature, you will experience slower export or printing times compared to a normal Raster export because it is applying the default Override value of Hybrid render.

This behavior will apply to existing files being opened up in 2023.1, so please keep that in mind if you choose raster viewport rendering for export performance reasons.



I am excited to give this a try…

But I assume only from what is stated here that this is global - so any viewport stacking will also be rendered hybrid or vector instead of the mullets many of us like to use (vector business in front and raster party behind).

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Yes, I agree with bmike. I assume this doesn’t remove that ability of stacking vector or hybrid viewports over raster viewports?

This is a document level setting - No, this does not remove that ability to stack viewports but… in the mullet case above you would need to disable this feature so that your Raster viewport is not overridden.

OK, great! I assume this is not an auto reset each time LO is opened and the setting can be saved to the specific file or template?

We have our default templates set with the feature “on” but yes the setting can be saved to the specific file or your own template files.

This is a good feature - thanks!
It may tempt me to upgrade to 2023 (still on 2022)

So I assume then that Vector-rendered viewports will also be overridden to hybrid?

(sometimes I use vector as a way of forcing a view to adopt flat face colors instead of showing materials…i could use a style for this purpose, but I just choose not to).

If somebody is choosing Vector render mode, it’s probably for the reasons of technical presentation, rather than rendering speed. So maybe Vector viewports need to be left as Vector, but raster can get rendered as hybrid?

The feature is only for changing Raster to either Hybrid or Vector. If you work in Vector already, that should be coming out looking ok. The override setting should not change it to Hybrid.

Yes, as Colin mentioned (thanks Colin) this override only applies when using Raster rendered viewports.

Here is an example of what the dialog looks like.

Another thing to point out is that we have also adjusted the default resolution of Medium (a bit lower) and Low (much lower) so that you should see a noticeable difference when using these settings. High remains the same quality level it had been.


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