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NX Color Palette limited to 216 Colors

Solution Partner Experimenter Solution Partner Experimenter
Solution Partner Experimenter

Hi, I have read a few posts discussing the color palette. In a lot of these posts it is mentioned that the amount of color entries are limited to 1-216 (The documentation also states these values as valid IDs). What is the reason for this limit?

 

Looking forward to your feedback.

 

-Ruan

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Re: NX Color Palette limited to 216 Colors

Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
Siemens Phenom

Re: NX Color Palette limited to 216 Colors

Solution Partner Experimenter Solution Partner Experimenter
Solution Partner Experimenter

Hi @GaneshKadole,

 

Thank you for the quick response.

 

The link you provided does give a good idea of why this number has been chosen. However, it seems the reason is a bit dated. Are there any future plans to expand the palette? 

 

Sincerely,

Ruan

Re: NX Color Palette limited to 216 Colors

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

@ruanvdm wrote:

Hi @GaneshKadole,

 

Thank you for the quick response.

 

The link you provided does give a good idea of why this number has been chosen. However, it seems the reason is a bit dated. Are there any future plans to expand the palette? 

 

Sincerely,

Ruan


Even though the palette is limited to 216 colors, the NX display is not limited to only those colors. If you create a sphere, assign it a color, and switch to shaded mode, you will see that it is shaded over the surface from a very dark version of the color to almost white where the reflection is greatest. The default NX palette has 10 shades of grey (excluding pure black and pure white); that could be expanded to 100 shades or 1000 shades - how many is enough? how many is too much? If you open up the full palette (over 16M colors), it could get difficult to quickly assign colors or use the "by color" filter.

 

216 colors is an arbitrary choice, probably informed by color theory and the "web safe" colors of the time. I doubt it would hurt anything to expand the palette a bit, but 216 is much better than the 16 we used to be limited to!

 

If you want to render your models, you can use the high quality image function or the new render engine, which isn't limited to the standard CAD colors.