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SolidWorks World 2014 Presentations Available For Download

I’ve posted my presentations from SolidWorks World 2014 on the downloads page.  You can go there to grab the files or click the links in this post to take you there.

PhotoView 360 2014 Whats NewPhotoView 360 2014: What’s NewThis session will cover all the new functionality found in PhotoView 360 2014.  It will actually go a bit further and also cover a few things found in SolidWorks (not PhotoView) that can/will help with creating images from the SolidWorks graphics window. For this session I’ll be teaming up with Ron Bates.  Ron is the former manager of graphical applications at DS SolidWorks.  At this moment in time there is no other person with as much knowledge about PhotoView than Ron.


Rendering and Animation Tips and Tricks CoverRendering and Animation Tips and Tricks.  This session will cover tips to achieve better renderings and animations.  It’s a 60 minute session so we’ll have time to cover 5 tips for each subject.  Tips will range from the very basic to the more complex and there should be something in there for everyone at all skill levels.  This session isn’t meant to walk you through how to create renderings and animations.  It’s meant to focus on specific areas where users may run into difficulty and show tips or techniques to work through the issue.  As examples.  One rendering tip covers how to create a custom appearance to match a very specific color and pattern.  One animation tip covers how to perfectly create a fade from hide/show or color change components.


As an added bonus you can also find two presentations from Marlon Banta, manager, simulation product definition covering Motion Manager.


SolidWorks 2014: Cartoon Rendering

Sometimes you want a non photo realistic effect for your renderings and animations.  That’s easier to accomplish in SolidWorks 2014.


SolidWorks 2014: Save A Motion Study As .LXO

SolidWorks 2014 adds another way to bring your files into modo.  This Option allows you to not only transfer the geometry and materials but the motion study as well.


PhotoView 360 2013: Network Rendering

Network rendering is one of my top three enhancements for PhotoView 360 2013.  It will definitely save people time when processing final renders or fully rendered animations. Have a look at the video to find out more.



PhotoView 360 2013: Appearance Target & Filter

The application of appearances has been made easier with enhancements to the appearance target and the addition of the appearance filter.  Check the video.


PhotoView 360 2013: Modo Materials

PhotoView 360 users now have the ability to use Modo materials as appearances!  The video takes you through the process step by step.



PhotoView 360 2013: Appearance Copy/Paste

Copy/paste has returned for SolidWorks and PhotoView 360 in 2013.  It’s nice to have it back.  The video also shows a nice little tip/trick to consolidate appearances so make sure you watch in it’s entirety.


PhotoView 360 2013: Appearance Rounded Edge

A great enhancement to PhotoView 360 2013 is the “Rounded Edge” option found in the appearance property manager.  This will not only save you a lot of time but also enhance your images.  Watch the video to find out more.


PhotoView 360 for i-pad

Unfortunately PhotoView 360 for the i-pad doesn’t exist ;(  I was thinking with the recent release of e-drawings for i-pad 3DS may be thinking of releasing more mobile versions of their software and if they are I’m wondering if Photoview 360 is on the list.  What do you think?  Would it be crazy to release a mobile version of PhotoView 360? Lets take a closer look.

Every so often I run into people who’d like to see the stand alone version of PV360 re-released.  If you can remember back to 2009 and 2010 PhotoView 360 was a standalone application.  It had no connection with the SolidWorks file, had a very minimal UI and was very easy to use.  It was light on functionality but if your goal was to make a good looking basic rendered image quickly it was the perfect software.  The same reasons users like standalone PhotoView 360 on their computers also makes it a good candidate for a mobile device.

No connection to the SolidWorks file:  PhotoView 360 loads the display data from a SolidWorks file, essentially the same information e-drawings (and e-drawings for i-pad) does.  This means it doesn’t require SolidWorks be loaded and therefore the overhead to run SolidWorks can be left behind.  In the case of a mobile application this is important.  3DS has already shown the display list data can be successfully loaded and manipulated on a mobil device with e-drawings for i-pad.  This makes PV360 for i-pad a more realistic possibility.

Minimal user interface:  Mobile devices have limited screen real estate so it’s important their UI be as efficient as possible.  like the computer version the PV360 mobile version could have a minimal toolbar and flyout window housing the material and environment library.  Very similar to the e-drawings for i-pad app.

Easy to use:  In terms of ease of use for rendering applications it’s tough to beat PhotoView 360 standalone.  Load your file, drag and drop some materials, choose an environment and your finished.  Well almost, you still have to process the image and that’s the largest hurdle I think for rendering on an i-pad.

Performance:  We all know rendering software requires performance for the realtime updates as well as processing a final image. In the case of PhotoView 360 CPU performance is crucial.  The latest version of the i-pad has a dual core CPU.  For rendering power that’s not very performance minded but since the screen is small the realtime updates may be quicker than you expect.  Final render processing however would be a lengthy process.  Of course the next generation of tablets will no doubt have quad core chips and more RAM to go with it.

So, is PhotoView 360 for the i-pad practical thinking?  Probably not at the present time but the near future may make this reality?  What do you think?


PhotoView 360 Users See Some Love.

If you’re a PhotoView 360 user you may have noticed an increase in a flow of PhotoView 360 information from SolidWorks.  This is very welcome in my mind and I have to believe other PhotoView 360 users like this new information exchange as well.  This flow of information can be found at the SolidWorks forums and it’s coming in a couple of flavors.

The  first flavor is training orientated.  Ron Bates,  Manager of Graphical Applications at SolidWorks has been running a monthly PhotoView 360 training series titled PhotoView Friday.  In the Series Ron covers a specific PhotoView 360 topic and dedicates about 30 minutes of video time covering the information.  Topics range in subject matter and he likes to take requests so feel free to let him know what you’d like to learn more about.  Ron has just posted PhotoView Friday Episode 3 where he covers matched environments and background images as well as some depth of field information.   If you missed the previous PhotoView Friday episodes don’t worry, they are all posted in the PhotoView 360 area of the SolidWorks forum. He’s leaning towards rendered animations in Episode 4 which is one I will surely want to see.

The seconds flavor is geared towards a sharing of technical information.  Again, Ron has been spilling the beans on what PhotoView 360 users can find in the upcoming service packs.  He created a video for SP3 which showed the preview window speed increase and for the upcoming SP 4 Ron has also given us a look at what to expect.

Marlon Banta, Senior Product Definition Specialist at SolidWorks has also posted a very in depth look at Factors that affect PhotoView 360 render performance. This certainly has to be one of the longest posts I’ve seen in the forums and Marlon leaves no stone unturned.  Nice job Marlon.

A big thanks to both of these gentlemen for keeping PhotoView 360 users better informed. ;)

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