23 Replies Latest reply on Apr 25, 2018 12:27 PM by Andrew Kelly

    Dynamic Highlighting

    Nigel Ball

      Hi

      Why does this Dynamic highlighting turn itself off and how can I stop it? It turns off random, sometimes usually while am in the middle of a command like adding dimensions on a drawing sheet.

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      its worth noting that I use a 3D mouse although, I don't touch it in the drawing environment at all

       

       

      Thanks

       

      Nacho

        • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
          Thomas Voetmann

          It seems some of us are cursed with one random system option turning off at random times.

          For me it is  "Automatically load components lightweight" and a colleague has the phenomenon present on "Enable spline tangency and curvature handles". I am sure other has it too, but on options they do not recognize. 

          • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
            Peter De Vlieger

            Nigel,

             

            You aren't perchance using a 3Dconnexion mouse be it the Space Navigator or one of the higher end models?

             

            If so then most likely there's your culprit right there.

            3Dconnextion says it's SW's fault and SW says it's theirs.

            • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
              Dan Pihlaja

              Read this thread:

              Why does the dynamic highlight box keep coming unchecked .....

               

              I'll bet you have a 3D mouse from 3DConnexion...

                • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                  Tony Tieuli

                  Dan,

                  I've been puzzling over this one for years. Yes, I do use a 3D connexion spacemouse.

                  I followed your link and used one of the methods outlined. No more problem. Or at least the problem is now easily fixed.

                  Thanks!

                    • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                      Dan Pihlaja

                      Glad to help.  I think that the problem originates with the fact that Dassault won't share the Kernel code (or whatever code they need to share) that allows 3DConnexion be able to conveniently program the 3D mouse in such a way that this won't happen.  The same thing with center of rotation.  Sometimes it gets buggy and moves all over the place.

                       

                      With CATIA V5 there is no issue at all....works perfectly.

                  • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                    Seçkin Uslu

                    If you open an assembly with large assembly model, it will be unactive.

                     

                    It will occur in drawing  if you open with lightweight or large mode

                     

                    • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                      Nigel Ball

                      Well, I have a 3D Connexion mouse so I'm guessing that's the problem :s

                       

                       

                      Cheers

                      • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                        Glenn Schroeder

                        Nigel Ball wrote:

                         

                        Hi

                        Why does this Dynamic highlighting turn itself off and how can I stop it? It turns off random, sometimes usually while am in the middle of a command like adding dimensions on a drawing sheet.

                         

                        its worth noting that I use a 3D mouse although, I don't touch it in the drawing environment at all

                         

                         

                        Thanks

                         

                        Nacho

                         

                        Why don't you use it in Drawings?  It's a big help if you need to zoom in.

                          • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                            David Nelson

                            Just noticed that mine does not come unchecked, but still stops working.  Started a couple of weeks ago.  I use a regular mouse so Regular that it even has a cord still.  In a drawing I will select the 1st line then try the second but cannot select anything.  No all drawings, not all the time.  But happens on a lot of new Drawings.

                             

                              Solution restart Solid Works.  Will work fine till it decides to quit again.  Twice today so far.

                          • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                            Nigel Ball

                            Hi

                            I'm mainly an Inventor user and a 3D mouse in the drawing environment will rotate the drawing sheet like a model so I leave it alone. its just habit

                              • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                Glenn Schroeder

                                Nigel Ball wrote:

                                 

                                Hi

                                I'm mainly an Inventor user and a 3D mouse in the drawing environment will rotate the drawing sheet like a model so I leave it alone. its just habit

                                 

                                I can see how that would be a problem.

                                • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                  S. Casale

                                  First problem to note here is the use of any AutoDesk product (other than REVIT).

                                   

                                  cough cough

                                    • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                      Nigel Ball

                                      well in my opinion, Inventor walks all over SW I'm afraid. its faster, less clicks per action, its stable....

                                       

                                      in my SW:

                                      my dynamic highlighting switch off on its own

                                      transparent selection through turns on & off on its own

                                      I need to click every ribbon button 3 times to invoke it

                                      the contraints are a 6 click process minimum

                                      the list goes on and on.....

                                        • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                          Glenn Schroeder

                                          Nigel Ball wrote:

                                           

                                          well in my opinion, Inventor walks all over SW I'm afraid. its faster, less clicks per action, its stable....

                                           

                                          in my SW:

                                          my dynamic highlighting switch off on its own

                                          transparent selection through turns on & off on its own

                                          I need to click every ribbon button 3 times to invoke it

                                          the constraints are a 6 click process minimum

                                          the list goes on and on.....

                                           

                                          Three at most, sometimes 2.

                                          • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                            S. Casale

                                            Nigel Ball wrote:

                                             

                                            well in my opinion, Inventor walks all over SW I'm afraid. its faster, less clicks per action, its stable....

                                             

                                            in my SW:

                                            my dynamic highlighting switch off on its own

                                            transparent selection through turns on & off on its own

                                            I need to click every ribbon button 3 times to invoke it

                                            the contraints are a 6 click process minimum

                                            the list goes on and on.....

                                            Try a keyboard shortcut for mating "z."

                                            Try a macro turning on and off transparent selection - used with mouse gestures.

                                             

                                            Really keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures are the way to go.

                                             

                                            Your multiple clicks thing may be that you just need to reinstall a new juicy version of SolidWorks.

                                            • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                              Dave Bear

                                              No disrespect meant here Nigel, but could your issues be related to a lack of understanding of SolidWorks settings and/or quick and appropriate ways to perform a function or process in Solidworks? Change is a fickle thing..........

                                               

                                              Dave.

                                                • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                                  Nigel Ball

                                                  Well, maybe. But then maybe not. I'm 'quite' familiar with SW but not as much as IV for sure. Some things that frustrate me with SW that IV does in less clicks

                                                   

                                                  Sheet Metal

                                                  SW has what seems to be a complicated method of setting up. its really difficult to get the cut relief on a fold that doesn't require extensive set up or additional modelling. In the real world, there will naturally be a cut relief becuase you cant cut something steel with a laser without losing at least the thickness of the cut. IV has the sorted that requires no additional settings

                                                  There are other SM elements that are difficult with SW

                                                   

                                                  Constraints

                                                  At least for me, constraints are clumsy. When I refer to the 'circle', I am talking about the circular edge of the insert constraint. (I would have thought that seeing as I was discussing insert constraints, it be apparent what the circle was...). I have to click the circular edges which like up the parts, select the orientation, click apply and then select the faces that need to mate. Then the process is repeated for each additional insert constraint (including the orientation - or direction if you don't know what I am referring to by orientation...) in IV, you select the insert constraint, select the 2 circular edges and your done. from then on, you can repeat the constraint and maintain the direction in 2 clicks.

                                                   

                                                  I could go on

                                                   

                                                  I'm not complaining about SW, I'm just saying there are longer methods to complete the same task. I did read that there is a divide between SW & IV users, none of which want to explore the other side

                                                   

                                                  Cheers

                                                   

                                                  Nacho

                                                    • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                                      Thomas Voetmann

                                                      Obviously you are most experienced with IV as you are using IV terms - Constraints vs mates, Insert vs. coincident etc.

                                                      Both programs has its pros and cons and you - perhaps because of experience - are biased for IV and I am biased for SW even though I have also explored the other side.

                                                      To me the differences are more about the way you work, than about features and clicks. It is about heritage (IV still have some AutoCAD sent) and about what kind of users it basically is designed for (Engineer, Developer, Designer, Draftsman etc.).

                                                      Still I must defend SW a little. Coincident and concentric mates with a total of one click taking advantage of smart mates (try look it up) and SW has way more mate/constraint types to make relationships which are very difficult or impossible in IV - I admit most users will never use them but they are very useful when you are in the situation. And I am one of those users who needs them.

                                            • Re: Dynamic Highlighting
                                              Andrew Kelly

                                              I've had issues with Dynamic Highlight turning off for years....  The culprit does seem to be the 3D Connexion mouse and driver.

                                               

                                              Another user noticed that it happens when manipulating the 3D mouse while switching windows within SolidWorks.  This does seem to reproducibly turn off Dynamic Highlight.  Although that doesn't mean it's the only cause of the issue.