Viewing Feature Relationships

To quickly view feature dependencies, you can display graphical relationships between items in the FeatureManager design tree.

Dynamic Reference Visualization lets you view the parent and child relationships between items in the FeatureManager design tree. When you hover over a feature with references in the FeatureManager design tree, arrows display showing the relationships. Parent and child relationships is enhanced to avoid overlapping text and lines. Blue arrows show parent relationships. Purple arrows show child relationships.

If a reference cannot be shown because a feature is not expanded, the arrow points to the feature that contains the reference and the actual reference appears in a text box to the right of the arrow.

Arrows begin from the circle to indicate the feature whose parent and child relationships you are viewing.

All references visible One reference hidden

Dynamic reference visualization is disabled by default.

To turn dynamic reference visualization on:

  1. In the FeatureManager design tree, right-click the first item (part or assembly).
  2. Click one or both of the following:
    • Dynamic Reference Visualization (Parent)
    • Dynamic Reference Visualization (Child)
In assemblies, if you turn dynamic reference visualization on or off at any level, the change affects the entire assembly.