Hide Table of Contents

Adding Collaborative Actors

Use collaborative actors to enhance your models. Composer provides a large number of collaborative actors, including markup, annotations, measurements, and cutting planes.

See Also
Using Digger
  1. Drag the initial view to the viewport.
  2. Click Author > Markups > Arrow.
  3. Move the mouse pointer into the viewport.

    A red arrow is attached to the mouse pointer. The status bar at the bottom of the Composer window displays instructions for creating the arrow.

  4. Click to position the starting point of the arrow.

    Tip: If you click an actor, the arrow becomes associated with that actor. For example, moving the actor also moves the associated arrow.

  5. Move the mouse pointer to change the arrow length and direction, and then click to place the arrow end point.
    The arrow is added to the viewport, and another arrow is attached to the mouse pointer.
  6. Add a second arrow to the viewport, and then press Esc to exit the arrow tool.
  7. With the second arrow still selected, change the arrow Opacity and Background color in the Properties pane.

    Like geometry actors, collaborative actors have properties.

  8. In the viewport, drag the various arrow anchors (yellow triangles and red dots) to change arrow shape and size properties.
  9. Click Author > Annotations > Label .
  10. Click an actor in the viewport, click again to position the label, and then press Esc to exit the tool.

    By default, the label text is the name of the actor to which it is attached.

  11. With the label still selected, in the Properties pane, under Text, for Text, select String.
  12. For the Text string property, type My Label and press Enter.

    The label text changes from the actor name to My Label.

    Tip: To type multiple lines of text, click in the Text string field, type text in the Text dialog box, and then click OK.

  13. In the Views pane, click Update View to save your changes.
  14. On the right side of the viewport, click the blue up arrow.

    An orange box with white-circle corners appears around the arrow indicating it is selected. This is a collaborative actor called a Image 2D panel and is used to add images to your scene.

  15. In the Properties pane, in the Event group, examine the Link property.

    An event is an action that takes place when you click an actor. The view://up link activates the Composer view called up. You clicked the arrow to select it, but nothing happened. This is because an event is only active in Composer Player or when Composer is simulating Player.

  16. In the lower-right corner of the Composer window, click Design Mode to clear it.

    Composer is now in play mode instead of design mode.

  17. In the viewport, click the blue up arrow.

    The slider assembly moves up.

  18. Click each of the other icons:
    • The down arrow activates the down view.
    • The stop button (square box) displays the initial view.
    • The panel in the lower-left viewport corner displays the exploded view.
  19. Click Design Mode to turn on design mode.

Provide feedback on this topic

SOLIDWORKS welcomes your feedback concerning the presentation, accuracy, and thoroughness of the documentation. Use the form below to send your comments and suggestions about this topic directly to our documentation team. The documentation team cannot answer technical support questions. Click here for information about technical support.

* Required

Subject:   Feedback on Help Topics
Page:   Adding Collaborative Actors
*   I acknowledge I have read and I hereby accept the privacy policy under which my Personal Data will be used by Dassault Systèmes

Print Topic

Select the scope of content to print:


We have detected you are using a browser version older than Internet Explorer 7. For optimized display, we suggest upgrading your browser to Internet Explorer 7 or newer.

 Never show this message again

Web Help Content Version: SOLIDWORKS Composer 2024 SP03

To disable Web help from within SOLIDWORKS and use local help instead, click Help > Use SOLIDWORKS Web Help.

To report problems encountered with the Web help interface and search, contact your local support representative. To provide feedback on individual help topics, use the “Feedback on this topic” link on the individual topic page.