I believe the question Sunny is trying to ask is "If I take a snapshot and label it ABC123, where is the image file labeled ABC123 stored on my hard drive and how can I access it as a stand alone image file that I can provide to sales?"
I am not looking for how to access the image in solidworks. I want to access it with a standard graphics program.
Assuming what you want is a photo quality image of your model, instead of trying to use snapshot (whose purpose I still haven't figured out) try saving the file as a jpg.
Position the part or assembly to the angle and lighting you want, then select 'save as' and under 'save as type' select jpg. I prefer the jpg to the tiff format, because if you select options you can set the dpi to a very high level giving you a higher resolution image.
Note that higher dpi also means longer process time and larger file size.
Kirk - good suggestion. Just a followup, in SW2014 you can save as a png file which allows you to use a transparent background so you can paste the image without masking other info.
The snapshot gets saved to the clipboard. You can paste the snapshot in ms paint, microsoft word etc. and then save as bmp,jpg or word document.
Keep in mind that Feroz's answer was 2014 almost three years ago, there were a lot of upgrades since then, I'm almost sure his answer was correct at that time...
Good point, John. In 2018, snap shot no longer seems to copy to the clipboard.
Like most people, I was confused about what "Snapshot" even means. I'd argue that it should be called "Frozen View" instead as it just seems to return to that view. Seems like a neat tool if you need to 'snap' back and forth between views, but not to take a cool photo of your model.
Anyway, I also found it here (not sure if it was there in 2016, but it's here in 2018)
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Corey Wardrop wrote: Like most people, I was confused about what "Snapshot" even means. I'd argue that it should be called "Frozen View" instead as it just seems to return to that view. Seems like a neat tool if you need to 'snap' back and forth between views, but not to take a cool photo of your model.
Corey Wardrop wrote:
There are two things being mixed up: Screen capture and Snapshot.
Screen capture is like print screen button and image gets saved on clipboard which you can then paste in desired place like word, paint. etc..
Snapshot is only available in assemblies and it is similar to creating a custom view. You can access the snapshot at these locations
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