I have had this problem for a while and it only seems to be a SW bug because in every other 3D application this is one of the simplest things to do. Every time I attach a decal to a part/face/surface/feature. When I close SW and reopen it, the decals are missing. This is a 50% likely hood and of course other times the decals appear, however when I start to render PV360 asks me to locate the file.
Now I have a part and assembly template set up with the "store appearance, decal and scene data in model file" ticked so I don't need to do this because I know it's done already.
So why is it that it still asks me to locate the decal?! It also seems to lose the link if you rename the parent directory regardless of doing it in explorer or SW explorer. There's no consistency and I was wondering if anyone knows of a fix or macro?
SW 2011 SP2.