In pathfinder, if I inactivate a part in an assembly, the part symbol becomes gray so I know it is inactivated. However, it is not the case for an assembly, so I see no way of viusally know if the assembly is active or not.
I am using ST9.
Do you know a way, an option through which I can know the status of an assembly, in an assembly?
Assemblies are just collectors of parts. Parts contain the geometry which we choose to activate or inactivate...
The Assy itself cannot be inactivated, but you can in/activate all the parts within an assy from the assy level.
I think it would be useful if the assembly icon went grey when all parts inside are inactive and the inverse when any part inside is active. Then you would know for certain whether all parts are inactive or not.
How useful? Maybe not that much unless inactivating all from the top of a large assembly wastes a lot of time.
@bshand , Interesting opinion that I share.
Some other CAD softwares manage that by first level of item within the asembly. You can inactivate (or "suppress") parts or assemblies that are in the assembly. I am accustomed to this method, it is neither good or bad, just an habit and Solid Edge do it differently.
@Florimond I'm not sure what the difference would be. You can pick an assembly and suppress all parts within it. I'm just referring to the icon going gray if all parts inside the assembly are inactive. Maybe you explain what you mean.