OpenGL

Use Software OpenGL option in SOLIDWORKS

First let’s talk about a few terminologies that we hear a lot in computer world including Graphics Processing Unit and Hardware Acceleration that help to understand what OpenGL is and what it does. What is Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)? In the early days of computing, the Central Processing Unit (CPU) performed all calculations. However, as more graphics-intensive applications such as games and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software were developed, their demands put strain on the CPU and degraded performance. Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) was introduced as a way to offload those tasks from CPU and freeing up their processing power. In most of the computers the graphics card is the GPU. What is Hardware Acceleration? Hardware acceleration is a technique in which a computer’s hardware is forced to perform faster than usual. This technique is used with computing tasks that require more power and processing, such as graphics or video processing. What is Open…

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SOLIDWORKS Shadow Orientation in all Display Modes

My SOLIDWORKS pick of the day is the new behavior for the SOLIDWORKS Shadow Orientation in OpenGL mode. I really like the fact that shadows are now being controlled by the Scene dialog box in all display modes: OpenGL, RealView and PhotoView 360. No more confusion! Watch this:

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