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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 Inlaid Text for Linear Arrows

SOLIDWORKS Composer Inlaid Text

Earlier in SOLIDWORKS 2019 we used to place an arrow to show the details on the view, but to show what we were pointing to we used the “Text 2D” tool on Author Tab, to show a description. But now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 linear arrow has a new property called “Inlaid text”. Here are…

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Why is my JPEG file not being displayed in SOLIDWORKS Composer?

When working in SOLIDWORKS Composer, it is not uncommon to use other media such as pictures to add a personal touch to the project for branding or actor texture purposes. Once in a while, you may run into a situation where your JPEG files are not displaying in SOLIDWORKS Composer. Hours have been spent wondering…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer Callout Exponent Shape Option

Clarity-enhancing callout option

In the past, SOLIDWORKS Composer has offered the option to call out quantity as an exponent on an annotation.  Now, in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, that exponent can be set to utilize a new clarity-enhancing callout option.  It’s controlled by a property called Exponent shape. In the picture below, the lower callout has its Exponent shape…

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New basic attach type for Annotations in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

New SOLIDWORKS Composer basic attach type

New in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, is a basic attach type for labels.  It is simpler than some of the other attach types, for example, it has no Properties > Label (even though it is a label).  True to its name, it is rather basic.  There is a certain beauty in simplicity! To set the labels…

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Importing Exploded Views into SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

importing exploded views

SOLIDWORKS Composer is a great way to create documentation based on SOLIDWORKS models. However, a major sticking point for Composer users was that they needed to create exploded views from scratch. This is no longer the case, as importing exploded views in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 is now possible! Let’s take a closer look at how…

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Callout-driven BOM ID visibility is new in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020

A handy feature new to SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 is the ability to filter the BOM table to show only the components which have visible callouts.  The setting is a checkbox found in BOM Properties > Filter > Visible Callouts Here are the results of checking versus clearing that checkbox: For more tips and tricks on…

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SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020 additional formats available for saving video

In prior years, the only Save As option for a SOLIDWORKS Composer video format was AVI. Now in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2020, we also have the ability to save video as FLV, MKV and MP4 as well as AVI.  This can be a time-saver if there was a prior need to convert AVI into one of…

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Using Opacity property to hide and show actors in SOLIDWORKS Composer Animations

SOLIDWORKS Composer animations

While creating SOLIDWORKS Composer animations everyone uses the collaborative actors such as arrows, 2D text labels, digger views etc., to make animations more interactive and easier to understand. At some point you may want to hide some of these collaborative actors throughout the animation. NOTE: Hide/show will allow the collaborative actor to be either shown…

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How to search for commands in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019

Until SOLIDWORKS Composer 2018 the search command was located within the File menu. Now, in SOLIDWORKS Composer 2019 the Search command is available on the ribbon.   You can directly access Search to search for commands in the ribbon and recently used documents. On the ribbon, click in the Start Search box. Type the name…

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