I am migrating from Inventor to Solidworks and I cant believe how bad things look on screen. what settings do I need to tweak?
What does your Inventor display look like? Pic??
Without screenshots, you're not going to get much response here.
Can you provide a screen shot of what you are seeing? That would help us aid you. There also might be issues with the computer requirements. When I ran Inventor I was using a $500 laptop with no problem. That thing would not even begin to run SW. In my opinion you will enjoy SW after you learn to think in a different manner while modeling. I liken it to if other CAD programs approach a problem from the right side, Inventor approaches it from the left. Not right or wrong, just different.
As others have stated, a screenshot is needed to be able to properly diagnose what you are seeing.
However, things to check...
1) Make sure the graphics card and driver are suitable for SolidWorks.
Graphics Card Drivers | Hardware & System Requirements | SOLIDWORKS
2) Adjust the Image Quality options to see if that makes a difference.
3) Adjust the Curvature Generation options.
The other one that catches people out is disabling the anti-aliasing. This should never be turned off with modern Quadro GPUs, as the performance hit is negligible now a days with it on or off.
the top image is SW no RealView.bottom View is Inventor normal view.
both appearances are something called Polished Brass. The middle is SW no RealView the color is listed as "color" Even with Real view on the display looks like a 4 color graphic. perhaps hundreds of colors. reflective environment seems lacking and dull. this is not an edge display issue its an overall ugly display.
I know I am on a steep learning curve here and many of my gripes will fade with time. in many ways like learning to drive a new car many of the same functions are labeled differently and in new places. this is not that ill have these issues fixed in few more days of running the software. I find it sad that I have to look at a crappy display. I open some parts and there is no definition until I turn on edges. I find that bothersome. I use edges on most of the time but need them to defining the muddy splotch that is my part just doesn't work.
What happens when you assign a material to it? Polished Brass, burnished brass.....
..as/is mentioned.. you can get it very close to IV via "Edit Scene" and changing the "Environment" and Background (per your iv background just for looks)... and having the Realview active (turn off ambient occlusion if you want it shinier)
here is an example of the lack of detail I get.
Any ideas on how to improve?
Have you tried to enable realview graphics?
same assembly RealView and edges on. not much better.
not to mention reflective surfaces flash from white to black depending on orientation. it's a very high contrast high emissivity view. kind of like looking into the sun.
also, thanks for the tips on settings. mine were already set very close to the suggestions.
my eyes will be very sad to have to look out on these awful screen renderings.
I open to suggestions,.
It will also depend on what environment you have set.
Here is a part similar to yours with polished brass & the Urban 5 Background environment (which I don't use).
This one is the same material but with the Light Cards environment.
You need to apply an appearance, not a colour. all you have on that first brass part is colour as it is imported part from inventor. So apply an appearance, and turn on realview.
the screen shots do have polished brass appearance allied. as for SW polished brass looking like brass it has a long way to go. look at a piece of new polished or machined brass and it looks nothing like what SW is offering. it looks more yellow/gold in tone not like brass.
I'm struggling to fine a good background and part representation on screen for day to day looks.
I can render any of these bits for presentation graphics no trouble there. but the day to day work environment is horrid. am I stuck or does anyone have a good solution?
Work in the hidden lines removed mode - then there are no colors or appearances to bother ya...
Maybe I should just get an Etch-A-Sketch?
For a software package that spends like a sports car it sure handles like a Model T.
Get a few years under your belt, you find out that it's a pretty good pc of software... there is a lot to learn and it would make it more difficult coming from another software..
This is Brushed Bronze with Factory Floor scene, Realview and Ambient Occlusion on, edges off.
I'm not Worried about getting a single part to look goo, I can do that no trouble. Its the overall aesthetics of the software. this stuff is just plain ugly to look at. maybe it will grow on me like a Citroen 2CV. I worry for my sore eyes. I know I will learn to make this stuff do back flips, it just wont be pleasing to the eyes.
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