10 Replies Latest reply on Oct 25, 2012 4:36 PM by John Wilkes

    Tedious repetition

    John Wilkes

      Hi,

       

      Whenever I create a sketch/part, I always want to set the image quality as to be the optimal for my system (just below the red line).

      Although I've tried to create a macro for this, it's been without sucess.

      Any ideas that stop me from having to do the whole Tools - Options - performance - image quality thing?

       

      SW2012

       

      Many thanks.

        • Re: Tedious repetition
          Jeremy Feist

          there was a macro posted to this forum a while back that would set the image quality to a preset amount (you would need to edit the macro to get a different value). a little searching should find it.

          • Re: Tedious repetition
            Anna Wood

            This is a document specific property.  Make sure to save out new template files after you change any document specific properties that you would like to use for all your work.

             

            Cheers,

             

            Anna

              • Re: Tedious repetition
                John Wilkes

                Thanks Anna,

                 

                But I'd like it very much to be a system specific property - and I don't see why it can't be? My computer knows what it can handle in terms of processing. Any Macro available? 'Cos I've tried and I can't write one for this...

                 

                Cheers,

                 

                John

              • Re: Tedious repetition
                J. Becker

                This seems to work. Rehashed from...

                https://forum.solidworks.com/message/274594#274594

                 

                Dim swApp As Object

                Sub main()

                 

                Set swApp = Application.SldWorks

                 

                Set Part = swApp.ActiveDoc

                Part.SetTessellationQuality 10 '(as a %)

                End Sub

                  • Re: Tedious repetition
                    John Wilkes

                    Many thanks, Mr. J. Becker...

                     

                    I'll give it a try - sorry about the budget cuts...

                    • Re: Tedious repetition
                      J. Becker

                      Shiite. Things look up,now. I've got to change that tagline. Thanks for the reminder.

                       

                      Sorry above works in 2011, haven't tried with 2013beta. Some on out larger network are locked into 2011, so no 2012 either.

                       

                      or create multiple .prtdot files — open template, adjust quality, save, copy file and rename: HP1500blahblah.prtdot, AlienX82345.prtdot., and place on specific workstation.

                      or have workstations copy over specific files during boot up from network server. I know IT does this with our VNC info screens,

                        • Re: Tedious repetition
                          John Wilkes

                          Thanks again - but what you just said could just as well have been in Martian to me - I'm a designer with almost no I.T. experience - I use SW as a tool that let me get bits of metal and plastic off production floors (so computers are a necessary evil...)

                          Any advice in English?

                          • Re: Tedious repetition
                            John Wilkes

                            Bizzare - it worked once, but only once. After that, it kicked out my latest setting regarding sketch settings, where the plane would automatically present itself parallel to the screen after selecting a sketch tool.

                            I also tried Steven Wosniaks advice (from the original link you posted). This was posted in 2012, but I don't know what platform he was using.

                            Anyway, still searching for the answer, but many thanks for your help.

                            • Re: Tedious repetition
                              John Wilkes

                              Apologies Mr. J. Becker,

                               

                              It actually does work consistantly with SW2012, it just doesn't move the slider in the image quality window up towards the red line as you'd expect it to.

                              The actual image, though, is much improved, and I think it was some ghost in the machine that affected the sketch settings. After a re-boot, this dissappeared.

                              Many thanks.