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File Libraries Tab

In the File Libraries tab of the Palette, you can import and manage files in your local libraries.

Navigation Tools

At the top of the File Libraries tab, use the libraries list to select the library to view.

If you are logged on, to the right of the libraries list, you can choose one of the following:

  • Click to view the local library in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content folder on your hard drive.
  • Click to view Cloud libraries on SOLIDWORKS Visualize servers.

Local and Cloud libraries use the same names by default, but they are totally separate. By copying items from the Cloud libraries to your local library, you can add them to your local collection. To prevent copying the same item more than once, items in the Cloud library that you already have a copy of are tagged with a green check.

Below the libraries list, the following controls help you navigate:

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Reload (Cloud libraries only.)

In either the local library or a Cloud library, you can narrow the list of displayed files by typing all or part of a file name in the search box.

A list of the items in a library occupies the lower space of the File Libraries tab, or appears to the right if you expand the size of the Palette.

To change the default folders for the local libraries, do one of the following:

  • Edit the paths in the General tab of the Options dialog box.
  • Drag a new folder from Windows Explorer into a library in the File Libraries tab of the Palette (one library at a time).

Camera Library

The Camera library contains cameras in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Cameras folder. Each camera has a preview thumbnail.

To load a library camera into a project, drag it from the Camera library into the 3D Viewport. Once loaded, the camera is saved with the project (in the list of cameras in the Cameras tab of the Palette) and becomes independent of the Camera library.

Environments Library

The Environments library contains high dynamic range (HDR) images in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Environments folder.

To apply an image to the environment of the scene, drag an HDR image file from the Environments library into the 3D Viewport. Once applied, the HDR image is saved with the project (in the list of HDR images in the Scenes tab of the Palette) and becomes independent of the Environments library.

Image Library

The Images library contains images in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Images folder. The Images library is where SOLIDWORKS Visualize saves screenshots and renderings.

Double-click an image in the Image library to display a larger view of the image in the image Viewport.

Appearances Library

The Appearances library contains appearance files in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Appearances folder.

To apply an appearance to a part on a model, drag an appearance from the Appearances library to the part into the 3D Viewport. Once applied, the appearance is saved with the project (in the list of appearances in the Appearances tab of the Palette) and becomes independent of the Appearances library.

Models Library

The Objects library contains the model files in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Models folder.

To import a model to the scene, drag a model file from the Objects library into the 3D Viewport. Once added, the model is saved with the project (in the list of models in the Objects tab of the Palette) and becomes independent of the Model library.

Plates Library

The Plates library contains the backplate images in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Plates folder.

To apply an image to the backplate of a project, drag an image from the Plates library into the 3D Viewport. Once applied, the image is saved with the project (in the list of images on the Scenes tab of the Palette) and becomes independent of the Plates library.

Project Library

The Project library contains the project files in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Projects folder.

To load a project in SOLIDWORKS Visualize, drag a project file from the Project library into the 3D Viewport.

Texture Library

The Textures library contains the images in the SOLIDWORKS Visualize Content\Textures folder.

These images are intended for use as textures in appearances.



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