Bug report #15827

Scale bar vanishes when Atlas is used

Added by Kate Callan over 7 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

Category:Map Composer/Printing
Affected QGIS version:2.14.8 Regression?:No
Operating System:Windows Easy fix?:No
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:end of life
Crashes QGIS or corrupts data:No Copied to github as #:23747


I am experiencing intermittent issues with scale bars in the print composer using atlases. Occasionally the scale bar completely vanishes, and when I select it from the Items menu its X-position is always at '10000000.000 mm'. I edit this number to bring it back into view and from then on am unable to select any items in the composer map window. I can select them from the Items menu and edit properties there. The only solution I have found is to add in a new scale bar, then the project behaves for a while until the new scale bar randomly disappears as well. Closing and re-opening the project does not help. Sometimes, the scale bar disappears as soon as I activate the atlas in the composer.

I have experienced this issue with more than one project and on more than one computer. A colleague has also had the same problem.


#1 Updated by Kate Callan over 7 years ago

Edit: Once this issue occurs, all items except the scale bar need to be selected (using the menu) and copied to a new composer. Duplicating the composer does not help.

#2 Updated by Kate Callan over 7 years ago

Update: This only seems to happen when using atlases which involve a change of scale between atlas features, and does not happen when using atlases which utilise multiple copies of the same feature for different plans. However, the issue does not necessarily coincide with switching between features.

#3 Updated by Anita Graser over 7 years ago

  • Subject changed from Scale bar behaviour to Scale bar vanishes when Atlas is used

#4 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 7 years ago

  • Priority changed from High to Normal

#5 Updated by Giovanni Manghi almost 7 years ago

  • Regression? set to No
  • Easy fix? set to No

#6 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 5 years ago

  • Resolution set to end of life
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

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