Under the "Solidworks Visualize Que" - "Rendering" what does the button "Save Now" indicate and actually do? There is nothing descriptive in the manual.
The assumption is that it saves an image file of the rendering at that point in time, like saving a screen shot of the preview in Visualize. I just tested it though, and it appears to do nothing except turn dark grey and not allow me to click on it again.
In the earlier SP versions of 2017 it would save off what ever has been rendered so far then keep rendering to the final version. But the newer version of 2017 no images are saved off except the final version.
The "Save Now" button does save an image of the current state of the render. The button goes grey for a few seconds as the image is saved then comes back on.
The issue is the image is not saved in the "Images" folder where most would assume it would be. It saves the image in the Queue folder which by default is:
"C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018\Queue"
Then you have to dig a bit deeper to actually find the image. Something like this:
C:\ProgramData\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2018\Queue\Dave\Bolt & Nut\jobs\34520cb8-066f-480b-a673-ddfd1b67f780\output\Image-File.jpg
Oh thanks! I was wondering where it got saved. It used to save in the same location as the final render. But I guess now that is where it goes.
I seem to recall the same thing but I wasn't positive. I thought they used to be saved to the Images folder in the past.
Thank you, Dave. I appreciate your response and bringing to light the correct answer. My problem is that it isn't just a still image, it's part of a turntable set. So when I read "Save Now", I am thinking that the rendering administration on this render engine would be a bit more user-friendly and allow me to stop and start when doing a turntable, or any series of frames of an animation. Correct me if I am wrong but it doesn't seem that it is handled like this. If I want to stop (not pause) a render, on a turntable set, I will lose the frame it is currently rendering and I won't be able to "automatically" set up a render from the point it left off. This is compounded by another technical issue involving my turntable renders taking a huge amount of more time than they had previously. That is something I am looking into to see where I might have changed a setting or something before I bring it to the forum. In the meantime, I still have to adequately and efficiently produce visuals as best I can.
The issue of Save Now saving the file to the temp queue location, and not your defined output folder, is fixed in 2018. Certainly 2018 sp01 (possibly 2018 sp0 too but I didn't test/confirm there).
When using Save Now during the processing of a turntable or animation, it will still only save off the current process of the current image/frame being worked on. It won't dump all prior images (although these are already saved in aforementioned temp folder so you could grab them) nor will it compile into a movie format with just the images it has.
In terms of managing start/stop/resume... the workflow you describe is precisely what PAUSE is intended for. You pause, stop the queue if you like, go on using your machine and come back at any later point and start the queue again and the paused turntable/animation job will pick up where it left off. When you say "stop (not pause)" what exactly do you mean?
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