There are 5 3D View Styles buttons (as far as I am aware....)
1. Wire Frame
2. Visible and Hidden Edges
3. Visible Edges
5. Shaded with Visible Edges
But there is no button for Shaded with Visible Edges AND HIDDEN LINES.
You can get this setting by:
View>Style Group>View Overrides>Rendering>
Render Mode: Smooth with VHL Overlay
Hidden lines: Dim or Dashed
I would like to be able to have this option to turn on hidden lines in addition to Shaded with Visible Edges as a shortcut. Is there a way to customise a button to get this setting?
this seems to be true.
I've tried to write a short and fast macro to do this, but failed when trying to activate the hidden edges somehow.
There is an API command for activating the "Shaded and Visible Edges" but no one for Hidden edges.
So I have seen that You can do it somehow via the ViewStyle but I was not successful till now bringing it to the proper code.
The one and only fast solution I've found so far is to create a view style which You can select with one single mouse click from toolbar.
Yes @hawcad I have a separate style to activate it from, which is a bit easier then going into the View Override window each time.
I am not surprised that there is no API for it, as there is no button for it either.
As graphics processors are more and more powerful, I think it is important to maximise the 'visuality' of the display, if for nothing more than to impress customers...
For it to truly be useful, this setting needs it's own button so that you can select it as easily and as rapidly as the other view styles. Having it in a drop down menu on a separate tab means it will never be used as often as the other view styles.
if it is important to You, You can open an ER to get it in future releases of Solid Edge.
And besides that, I have open a post in the developers forum to aks for help in programming.
I'm absoluteley confident that there will come solutions to use as macro
I am working with local support here in Australia about getting an ER for this.
The key point here is that we need to draw a distinction between 'impossibility' on one hand, and 'difficulty' on the other.
|Only||with hidden lines||with shading||with hidden lines and shading|
|Visible Edges||Button||Button||Button||NO Button|
|Shaded||Button||Not possible||-||Not possible|
You have to define this style in Your templates and save it in the material database too.
From now on every new document will have this style and for older documents You can copy it back to them and use them.
But again, it could be an enhancement to offer it directly as standard function.
On the other hand and to be serious, I think that I will not use it, and if then very, very seldom