Animation List User Interface

The user interface for SOLIDWORKS Visualize animation list has additional functionality and is updated for ease of use.


Updates to animation tools:
  • Basic animation tools. Located at the top center of the animation timeline.
  • Advanced animation tools. Located at the upper right of the animation timeline.
  • Motion study tools. Above the animation list, click the Motion Study list to create a new motion study or change to a different motion study.

    On the menu next to the Motion Study list, you can:
    • Adds a new item . Creates a new motion study. Subsequent animation editing applies to the new motion study only.
    • Duplicates the current item . Copies the active motion study.
    • Edit the name of the current item . Renames the active motion study.
  • Camera switch animations. You can create a Camera Sequence layer to switch among multiple cameras during animation playback.

Animation list

Updates to the animation list:
  1. Add . Lets you:
    • Create New Group. Creates a new group into which you can drag animation tracks.
    • Add to New Group. Adds selected animation tracks into a group.
    • Create New Camera Sequence Animation. Creates a camera switch so you can assign or switch cameras in the animation timeline. The camera automatically switches during animation playback.
  2. Change View . Increases (Large List) or decreases (Small List) the animation timeline icons and font.
  3. Change Sort Mode . Sorts the animations based on Name, Type, and in an ascending or descending order. You can also filter object types in the animation list by Decals, Environment, and so on.
  4. Search . Narrows the animation list when you enter search criteria.
  5. Animated Object Types . Displays a column with an icon representing the animated object type, such as Model , Group , and Part .
  6. Animation track colors. Assigns colors to the animation tracks depending on the object type. You can change the colors in Animation Properties.
  7. Selection. If you select an animation track, the animated object highlights in the viewport and Model tab, and vice versa.


Updates to keyframes:

  • Suppress Keyframe/Unsuppress Keyframe. Suppresses or unsuppresses animation keys. On the timeline, right-click an animation key and click Suppress Keyframe or Unsuppress Keyframe. When suppressed, the animation keys are ignored during playback..
  • Transition, Tension, and Motion Ease.
    • In the Keyframe Properties dialog box, you can specify numerical values for Tension and Motion Ease. You can specify their default keyframe properties in Tools > Options > User Interface.
    • You can copy/paste keyframe values across other animations. Right-click a keyframe and click Copy Settings. Right-click another keyframe and click Paste Settings. In the Paste Settings dialog box, you can select Transition, Tension, and Motion Ease settings to paste.