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RealView

RealView gives models a realistic and dynamic representation without the need to render. If your graphics card is RealView-compatible, RealView is enabled by default.

Verify that you have the latest drivers installed. Some RealView-compatible graphic cards may not display all of the effects (self-shadows and reflections). See: www.solidworks.com/pages/services/videocardtesting.html .

RealView Effects

 

RealView on

RealView off

Appearances

More realistic representation

Environment reflections

Visible bump surface finish

Multi-colored effects (car paint)

Basic OpenGL colors and textures

Standard texture mapping for texture-based appearances

Scenes

Self-shadowing from first directional light

Floor shadows and reflections

Basic soft shadow on floor

No reflective floors

Appearances

The appearance of a model is different from its physical properties. For example, you can assign a model the physical property of stainless steel, but add the appearance of glossy car paint.

Scenes

Scenes affect the way appearances look by displaying different environments that include reflective floors, photos that encompass the model, and reflections of backgrounds.

Whether RealView is selected or cleared has no effect on System Colors. A default background scheme or the scenes you add are always displayed in the graphics area.

Legacy Models Compared

 

SolidWorks 2008

SolidWorks 2009

RealView on

RealView off

RealView on

RealView off

SolidWorks 2007 colors and textures

Either the default plastic appearance or the default texture appearance for the  associated color or texture

Same color or texture as for SolidWorks 2007

Either the default plastic appearance or the default texture appearance for the  associated color or texture

Either the default plastic appearance or the default texture appearance for the  associated color or texture

SolidWorks 2007 PhotoWorks Materials

Appearances

Color or texture that matches that of the appearance

Appearances

Appearances

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Appearances (new in SolidWorks 2008)

Color or texture that matches that of the  appearance

Appearances

Appearances

To use RealView:

To toggle RealView, click RealView Graphics (View toolbar).

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Appearances

Scenes



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