Please can someone explain in simple straightforward terms what the function of the "Add Rebuild/Save Mark" is under the configurations ?
I've not managed to find a simple explanation as to what this does and what it is for, thanks to all
the Rebuild/Save mark has been added to SW for better managing of Configurations. This is the fast and easy answer to your question. However, I think you would like to have a bit more feedback on the topic? Well, read further below...
There is a "before" and an "after" the adding of this Rebuild Mark, which I think was added in SW2013.
Before SW 2013, when you had configurations which were never activated, only essential data of these configurations was added to the file. When you activated a configuration the full model data was generated. This data remained available every time you opened the model. The advantage of this is that you save a lot of time when switching between configurations. The disadvantage is that for every configuration that is activated, the file size of the model could increase, and also the time to rebuild and save the file (you will not see this behaviour on a small single file, but on assembly's with configurations and suppressed/unsuppressed components).
From SW 2013 on, you get a clear view on which configuration has a full uptodate data set (green checkmark) or which configuration doesn't (grey - sign).
The user can flag one or more configurations with the "Rebuild/Save mark" (the diskette icon). By doing so, you can generate the full data set without activating the configuration individually. Everywhere you see the "diskette" sign, this configuration will be rebuilt and saved every time you save the document.
It is possible to automatically purge the cached configuration data when you save your document (meaning the full uptodate data set for a configuration without the diskette sign will be cleared when saving). To do so, go to Options --> System Options --> Performance. Check "Purge Cached Configuration data".
Hope this clears things up a bit for you.
Hello Philip, many thanks for your reply, your explanation has made this a little clearer to me
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