Solid Edge Screen Capture

by MLombard ‎01-26-2015 07:00 AM - edited ‎01-26-2015 02:46 PM (4,878 Views)

Solid Edge screen capture functionality can add a lot to your explanations when you have questions, answers, are trying to create training materials, marketing materials, demonstrate an idea, or any one of a number of other times when you need an image output from Solid Edge.

 

The first thing I ran into when I started to research this idea was that there really isn’t any functionality called “Screen Capture”, and because it doesn’t exist, it’s not mentioned in any of the documentation, Help, on-line resources, demos, or any other place.

 

So yeah. Right out of the gate I’m feeling pretty stupid. Thus this blog post. Every time I feel stupid but learn something, I assume that other people probably feel stupid and would like to learn something too. One thing that I learned was that “SolidEdgeScreenCapture” for the last 6 months has been the most searched phrase on the Solid Edge community where the community was not able to offer any results. I still feel stupid, but apparently I’m in pretty good company. Now at least when you search for that phrase, you’re going to come up with this blog post. At this point, this blog post still isn’t very helpful about where to find the function, but at least a blog post with no useful information is better than no useful information at all.

 

Anyway.

 

Here are some things to try if you want to create a Solid Edge Screen Capture:

 

A) Try Save As. Seriously. Save As Image. It doesn’t let you box select, it just saves the graphics window as an image. If you don’t like all that mousing around to get there, save it as a keyboard shortcut (hotkey). This is one of those tools that’s harder to find, so here’s how to assign Save As Image to a hotkey:

    1. Right click on the ribbon
    2. Select Customize Ribbon
    3. Click on the Keyboard Tab
    4. Choose commands from: Commands not in the ribbon (if you do steps C and D in reverse order, you’ll have to repeat Step C, even though the tabs come before/above the Choose Commands From in the interface) (give the list a few seconds to populate)
    5. In the left window, scroll down to Save As Image, about 21/32 of the way down the list
    • Make sure to click in the Usage column as well to toggle if you only want to use this command in Assembly, Part, Draft, etc or if you want to use it in all available environments.
    • Yes, you have to select it from the list, you can’t press the key on the keyboard to assign it
    1. Select a Theme, and save the Theme with the new setting
    2. Click Close.
    3. Click in the Key column, and select one of the Function keys from the list.

B)  If you want a more sophisticated option, there are any number of free screen capture applications for PC.

C)  If you want something still more sophisticated, you can pay for SnagIt, which is something I’ve used for all of my tech writing – books and blogs.

One Note and Evernote are note-taking applications that you can use cross-platform, and collaboratively, like Google Docs. If you have a lot of notes that you want to keep organized, searchable, and sharable, one of these applications might be useful to you. They allow you to link to documents, collect screen captures, and really the list goes on. Also available on Android, i-devices, PC, tablet, etc…

D) Maybe you want to screen capture video. Well, why didn’t you say so? This is a new recent option added to Solid Edge. Very useful. If you use the Community Forum at all, you know how useful screen capture video is.

 

 

  • In the lower right of the Solid Edge window are two buttons: a red dot and a green up arrow. The red dot enables you to capture the graphics window, a custom area or the entire Solid Edge Application to a video file (wmv), and save that file on your computer.

  • The green up arrow uploads directly to YouTube. Now you have to be signed in to YouTube for this to work, and you need to use your common sense before you do this. YouTube is public, and if your CAD model is not public, you need to not put it on YouTube, unless you’re already looking for another job. Still, make a dummy model and use that for your YouTube examples. YouTube is my favorite format for video that I want to share.

 

Comments
by Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
‎01-26-2015 07:47 AM - edited ‎01-26-2015 07:48 AM

Just to add to method A (Save As Image), you could also use Alt+PrtScn with the Solid Edge window active and it will capture the entire Solid Edge application image. This can be useful if you also need to show what is being shown in the Pathfinder at the time. This can also be used to capture an image of a modal dialog that is displayed so that you can show which options are selected.

 

Greg

by Siemens Phenom Siemens Phenom
on ‎01-26-2015 08:28 AM

If using Microsoft Word you can screen capture directly from inside Word.

 

Select Insert -> Screenshot -> Available Windows to capture an existing open window.
Select Insert -> Screenshot -> Screen Clipping to capture a region of your screen.


As Evernote was mentioned, you can use Skitch by Evernote for quick screen captures and mark-ups on the fly (I now use this when authoring Newsletter articles).

 

IMHO Lightscreen is also a great free screen capture tool.

 

Windows 7 also has the built in Microsoft Problem Steps Recorder but this typically gives you way too much data for just simple screen captures but still has its place.

by MLombard
on ‎01-26-2015 10:44 AM

Yes, thanks for all of those tips!

 

Also, I forgot the ships-with-win7 Snipping Tool. In the Start Menu, go to All Programs, Accessories, Snipping Tool.  You can put it on the task bar too for easy access.

 

I just wanted to point out that even through there is no tool in Solid Edge specifically called "Screen Capture", you're still able to do the function in a number of ways. Plus, I wanted to provide an answer for all of those people who search for the term, but don't find anything.

by PLM World Member Phenom PLM World Member Phenom
on ‎01-26-2015 12:15 PM

I like GIMP's screen capturing tool.  Plus, with GIMP, you have an abundance of free image editing tools.

by MLombard
on ‎01-26-2015 12:32 PM

Yes, Gimp, thanks for adding that, Scott. I had forgotten about that. Poor man's Photoshop. I used that for several years. Free download. Very powerful software.

by Phenom
‎01-27-2015 10:22 AM - edited ‎01-27-2015 10:24 AM

The Solid Edge Maker Faire offers a free Capture Screen tool for Solid Edge.

The program and source code can be downloaded from this link.

 

 

This utility can be run from within Solid Edge Part, Assembly and Sheetmetal via a button on the ribbon and captures just the model view to the clipboard.

 

After pressing the button, no further action is required. You can both paste the image from clipboard to your editing program or instantly open the image file that is automatically created by this tool.

 

You can also assign a keyboard shortcut for this button using instructions by Matt in the main article.

 

~Tushar Suradkar

www.SurfAndCode.in

 

by Phenom
on ‎03-04-2015 02:19 PM

Hey, let's not forget double clicking the head on your Surface Pro 3 stylus/pen. Smiley Wink That takes you directly into a screen capture mode and the you can "Share" your image or paste it into any other file type that allows cut/paste.

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