This podcast covers the new walk-though feature in SolidWorks 2011 and how this new gamer-like navigation tool can be used for presentations. Topics covered:
- Introduction of walk though
- Walk though workflow (PropertyManager and Navigation Controls)
- Recording options
- Hotkeys and mouse navigation
- Tips and tricks for recording and using SolidWorks as a live presentation tool.
Walk through animations are nothing new to SolidWorks since the introduction of cameras but it has always required some planning to execute. SolidWorks 2011 walk-thoughs are a streamlined way to communicate a design without having to create and plan out a complex, camera-based animation.
Although you may think about the new walk-though feature as something to make videos, I believe that it can be used more like eDrawings, allowing more in-depth communication. This allows SolidWorks to take on the role of the presentation tool and not just the presenation authoring tool.
The use of hotkeys and the mouse really bring the PC gamer feel to this new navigation option and gives users the option to make SolidWorks the way to view designs in live 3D virtual reality! ~Lou