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Working With Large Files in Autodesk Inventor

1 May, 2015 By: James “Jim” O’Flaherty

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Don't get stuck waiting for your files — update your settings and save time now.


Select the Display tab (figure 2).

Figure 2. In the Display tab set Appearance to Use Document Settings.
Figure 2. In the Display tab set Appearance to Use Document Settings.

Appearance. Selecting the Settings button opens a pop-up menu (figure 2-1) where you can select/de-select the projection of the part of either Orthographic or Perspective (you can set these same choices in the View tab of the Ribbon menu). You can also set options such as Ground or Object shadows, Reflections, Planes, and Ray Tracing.

Note: If you turn these options On, it will slow your system — the opposite of what we are attempting here.

Figure 2.1. Turn shadows and textures off in Display Appearance.
Figure 2.1. Turn shadows and textures off in Display Appearance.

Display. You can adjust the View Transition Time in the seconds slider. This determines the amount of transition time you'll see when using a Zoom all or View command, such as the View Cube. Setting this to zero takes you from the current view state to the selected view state instantly. Setting this to the maximum of 3 seconds, you'll see a gradual transition from one view to the next.

Adjusting the Minimum Frame Rate (Hz) really doesn't make much of an impact on most files unless it is a very large file (2,000+ parts). Inventor will most likely update the view at a faster rate than this setting will benefit you.

Display Quality. Setting display quality to Rough speeds up the regeneration process by simplifying the details of the file. You'll notice this when performing commands such as Zoom, Pan, Rotate, and Orbit. Some users prefer to see the model with a bit more realistic appearance. Run through the choices: Rough, Medium, Smooth, and Smoother, and see which setting you like and which one gives you the reaction time you need.

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