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Decal display in eDrawings

Question asked by Seth Renigar on Mar 11, 2014
Latest reply on Jul 22, 2014 by Ed Pasqual

There is a documented functionality of Decals in SW2013/eDrawings2013, that simply doesn't make sense to me.

 

Lets say you have a Part, with a Decal applied to it, and a Drawing of that model with the view set to shaded.  I'll use a product label as an example.  There is a Part of the label, with a Decal image of the label graphics applied to one side.

 

There is a Part document option to either embed the decal image into the Part model, or leave the image external to the Part model, as shown below.

 

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When I open either the Part OR Drawing in SolidWorks, if the Decal image is embedded, the Decal image displays just fine.  This makes sense.

 

When I open either the Part OR Drawing in SolidWorks, if the Decal image is external, the Decal image displays just fine, but ONLY if the external Decal image location is accessible.  This is okay I guess.  At least it makes sense as well.

 

When I open the Part in eDrawings, if the Decal image is embedded, the Decal image displays just fine.  If the Decal image is external, the Decal image also displays just fine, but again, ONLY if the external Decal image location is accessible.  This also makes sense.

 

However this is where it gets screwy.

 

When I open the Drawing in eDrawings, regardless of whether or not the Decal image is embedded or external, the Decal image does not display, UNLESS the external Decal image location is accessible.

 

WHY SOLIDWORKS?!?!?  This makes NO sense.  If the Decal image is embedded, you shouldn't need access to the Decal image location.

 

Our preference is to embed the images into the Part model, because everyone doesn't have access to a common shared location to store these images external.  However, most of our company views our Drawing using eDrawings.  So, if the Decals are embedded, people viewing the Drawing with eDrawings don't see the Decal image.  But if the decals are left external, people working on them in SolidWorks that don't have access to the Decal image location, does not see the images.  There is no way to satisfy both scenarios!

 

My opinion is that you should not require access to any Decal image location, if the image is embedded into the Part, period.

 

Does any of this even make sense?  Does it work any different than this in SW2014?

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