Changebars are the horizontal bars connecting key points. They indicate a change between key points.

Changes include:
  • Animation duration
  • Component motion
  • View orientation such as rotation
  • Visual properties such as color or view

Changebar Legend

Depending on the entities, changebars use colors that visually identify the component and the type of change.

In addition to the color, you can identify the entity by the icon in the MotionManager design tree.
Icon Changebar Function Notes
Overall animation duration  
Orientation and Camera Views Duration for this View orientation.
Disable Playback of View Keys selected Duration for this View orientation.
Appearance Includes all visual properties such as color and transparency.

Can exist independent of component motion.

  Driving motion Driving motion and Driven motion changebars can include an Appearance changebar between the same key points.

  Driven motion
Driven motion components can be in motion or stationary:
  • Motion

  • No motion

Explode Create with Animation Wizard.
Component or feature property changes, such as mate dimensions  
  Feature key  
  Any suppressed key  
  Position not yet solved key  
  Position cannot be reached key  
  Task trigger key  
  Motion solver failure  
  Task trigger  
Hidden children Examples:
  • Folders created in the SOLIDWORKS FeatureManager design tree
  • Collapsed items
  Active feature Example: A mate is suppressed for a period of time.

Driving and Driven Components

When you move a component that drives the motion of related components, the system animates the driven components as well. Both components include a changebar.