Visualize uses the 'Image Quality' settings from the SW file, which is why the tessellation slider in Visualize is grayed out.
Check out this Visualize forum thread with further details.
That's what I thought but hoped there was another option. I'm a Visualize user but not a Solidworks user. I have a huge library of SW models of our products created by our CAD department over several years but the "Image Quality" is set fairly low by default on those models (since we didn't know at the time that the Marketing department would be using them in Visualize). The CAD department is already overloaded with creating new models so asking them to open and change the settings on dozens of older models every week is something that I was trying to avoid.
Yours is a good argument for having Solidworks installed on your computer. As a result, three good things will happen:
- You will ultimately learn how to modify parts for graphics purposes using bleeding edge CAD technology, learning how to build exploded diagrams, product manuals, etc.
- You will lighten the engineering workload, allowing them to work on numbers and not pictures.
- You will access configuration files and product versions without hassling the overworked engineers
- You will completely avoid interacting with engineers.