I have an I-DEAS drawing that has been read into NX for revision. It is all 2D - a piping schematic. Although the text can be edited, the curves cannot. The lines can't be moved, length changed, etc., nada. I've discovered, however, that "Smash View" can be applied to this original view. Everything now sits on the Sheet, and can be edited. Soooo, what are we getting ourselves into by using this command: Smash View? Can these elements now be placed on a new View just to get them off of the Sheet view, and is there any advantage or disadvantage?
No, Smash View did not smash the curves into a "sketch" - there is no sketch involved. It deleted the View and put the elements (curves and text) directly onto the Sheet, where everything now can be edited sort of. It appears that I-DEAS curves are treated differently than NX generated 2D, as they don't belong to a "sketch", but just seem to exist magically. Double-clicking allows you to edit length and angle, and they can be moved/copied, which is enough to make the required revisions. (Moving the elements back into a View makes them un-editable again).
My biggest fear was that the Smash View command would create downstream problems, but I guess it doesn't, or maybe no one really uses it.