I run a lot of motion studies from SOLIDWORKS to Visualize. Just curios if anyone knows.
Assuming your talking more about the technical aspect of the setup...
SW Motion Studies saved from 2017, will still import to 2018. Off the top of my head, I think SW Camera Views are the only thing that require saving in SW 2018, in order to come into Visualize. So if you're not concerned with SW camera views, you should be all set.
Although at some point, you may be receiving native SW 2018 files, which are not backwards compatible with SW 2017) which could just be something to consider for the longer haul...
I have both 2017 & 2018 Visualize Professional installed. I am working with a client that is on SW2017 and Visualize Standard 2017. I am keeping the SW2017 files, but I got frustrated with Visualize 2017 and switched over to 2018.
You need to use File Export Advanced add-in for motion studies but it only works with matching releases.
As a test, I had Viz 2018 open and did the file export from SW2007 to see if it would "see" 2018. Instead got an error message "problem with Visualize, > closing" and Viz 2018 crashed.
So I closed Viz, and redid the SW2017 export. Viz 2017 opened. And Link to file was checked. Saved project as Test 2017.
Closed Viz 2017 and started Viz 2018. Opened Test 2017 project OK. Saved project as Test 2018. Kept Viz 2018 open.
SW2017 model was still open. I made a change to the animation & saved the assembly.
Viz 2018 popped up message "Source file changed. Do you want to re-import?"
Said Yes and the changes showed up.
1. You need to keep Viz 2017 & Viz 2018 installed.
2. Export from SW2017 to Viz 2017.
3. Save project file & close Viz 2017.
3. Open project in Viz 2018 & save.
I would guess that alternatively, you could use Save Advanced from the SW 2017 Visualize Plug-In, to save a copy of the assembly with the motion study information. Then just manually import to Viz 2018 (using Automatic grouping and Monitor File if you wish) and avoid the whole mix up of versions. Yes...when you use "Export Advanced", the SW Visualize plug-in will try to find the existing instance of Visualize of the same version. Again, try Save Advanced to avoid steps 2 and 3. Just import it straight into 2018 after the Save Advanced operation.
Indeed i did this for a recent project as i wanted to use some features of Viz 2018 without updating the source data.
Also from my initial testing when updating our Visualize manual in 2017 SP0 or even beta ( I forget which) i seem to recall that save advanced was the only method I successfully updated the time-line to animation changes, need to retest this to confirm if this works via export advanced.
I just tried that. My original assembly files size was 16,991 KB and the save advanced ("SA") version is 17,282 KB which shows the motion study data is now included. And I could open the assembly in Viz 2018 and get the animation.
I noticed I still get the warning about using the export advanced in SW (when I click on the Animation options in the Import dialog). I just ignored that bit of advice!
Question: Because you save a copy, that means "monitor file" won't work unless you remember to do another SA to that same filename every time you update your assembly?
Based on that, doing my 2 step procedure is a one-time "set and forget" process that should save time if your model is being updated often?
Or, what if you did the SA to the same file name. Then the Viz 2018 import would monitor the file and you can use normal save anytime the assembly is updated?
Yes.. When doing SA, you could choose to overwrite the original...in order to allow Monitor File to pick up SW changes. The only reason SA is issuing what is essentially a Save As command from SW is simply to be safe...so as not to inadvertently overwrite your existing model without your knowing.
Just wondering how you got Visualize 2018 without upgrading to SW2018?
I have not purchased yet. I thought you could buy the 2018 pro version independently.
Chris Cunningham wrote: I have not purchased yet. I thought you could buy the 2018 pro version independently.
Chris Cunningham wrote:
Not sure about buying the package independently as it's included in my premium SW
Buying Premium gets you a new license number, which unlocks the Premium features.
Same idea as when you upgrade SW from Standard to Professional or Premium.
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