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SolidWorks 2014 What’s New – Chapter 8: SolidWorks Composer


Since I started using SolidWorks Composer less than a year ago, I’ve completely fallen in love with it. I’ll never use plain old screenshots and boring static exploded views again. There aren’t many real enhancements to speak of in 2014, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking out what Composer has to offer.

Honorable Mentions

 New Composer API Commands

Some new commands have been added to the API which let the user control views.

  • CreateView( )
  • CreateCameraView( )
  • DeleteView( )
  • UpdateView( )

 Coordinate Labels

The write-up of this enhancement in the SolidWorks 2014 What’s New Document is utterly confusing and should be completely re-written, but here’s what I think it’s talking about: You can create a label that calls out the position in 3D space of the Actor it points to. Or maybe just the position of the endpoint? Who knows.

Here’s the text of the write-up for you curious ones:

Coordinates have properties that let you customize the label’s text with the properties of the actor.

In the Properties dialog box, under Text, use the Text property to specify which property or meta-property appears as the coordinate label’s text. Use the Parent (level) property to specify the actor whose Text value appears as the coordinate label’s text. These properties help you avoid creating multiple labels to display simple information.

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 Wrap Annotation Text

Adds the ability to wrap text in annotation labels and callouts. Activate wrapping in the Properties dialog, and specify your wrap width either through Properties or by dragging the annotation handles in the graphics area.



Automatically Hiding Annotations

Pretty cool, this enhancement eliminates a little redundant effort by automatically hiding annotations when the object that annotation is attached to gets hidden. This feature can be enabled and disabled as desired in the Properties window.

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