I am continually annoyed by a workflow in Solidworks. This may be inherent in SW, or it may be me. Create a part. Add a material. Change the color of the part. Set displays states to be unlinked to configurations. Now suppose that you want another configuration with the same material and modified color. Add a configuration. A window pops up stating that the appearance for the material is different than the existing appearance. SW wants to then link the display state to the configuration. If I let SW link the display state to the configuration, I get a bunch of display states (one per configuration), all with the material appearance, with the exception of the default, which contains your part color. I then unlink the display states and configurations, go back to the default display state, and then delete all the unnecessary display states. I now have the part color and material as I want them. Or I can tell SW not to link them, and the custom color is deleted and I have to go back and reset it. Either way is extra work that shouldn't be needed, and worse yet, will have to be repeated if I decide later to add another configuration.
This is a very messy workflow that I can't seem to find a way around. Any ideas?