Using the presentation environment can be a great way to create different views in your drawings. You can create, and add exploded views, as well as excluding certain parts to highlight a section of the assembly (you can also do this using view representations).
To create the view you will need to take a snapshot, the New Snapshot View button can be found under the Workshop tab. This will bring up a new menu with all of your snapshot views. In here you can open, edit and rename the snapshots. There are two types of snapshot: Associative Snapshot Views and Independent Snapshot Views. Both types link differently with drawing views.
What is the difference?
An Associative Snapshot View is a view at a point in time along the Storyboard Timeline. Whereas, an Independent Snapshot View is a view which has no link to anything in the .ipn environment, it can be created in the scratch zone (More about the scratch zone: .ipn Tips and Tricks). Both types of snapshot will create a view from your current camera angle. You can tell the difference between the two snapshot styles by looking in at the icon in the bottom corner of each snapshot (shown below).
Independent Snapshot View
Moving the cursor to the scratch zone and selecting New Snapshot View will create an Independent Snapshot View. You will need to manually tweak the components in this snapshot to view to tweak components. To by either double clicking on it or right click and Edit. This will take you into the edit view menu, where you can tweak the components and also update the camera. Note: Making any edits in here won’t affect the timeline.
Associative Snapshot View
To create an associative snapshot view, move the cursor in the timeline to the point that you want to show the tweaks at. This will then drop another cursor into the timeline, the same cursor in the bottom corner of the associative view in the snapshot tab, which can be adjusted (by dragging) along the timeline. This will affect the tweaks but will keep the camera position from the initial snapshot. Once it has been altered you will notice that the snapshot has a refresh button in the menu, you need to then right click and select Update to change the snapshot. You can convert an associative snapshot to an independent snapshot view, which can save time if you want multiple independent views starting from a similar point. To do this edit the associative view, and as you make any changes a pop up box will appear where you will need to select Break Link. Note: This can’t be undone.
Creating Drawing Views from Snapshot Views
You can create drawing views from snapshot views in two ways, the easiest of the two would be to right click on the view and select Create Drawing View or select it in the Edit View tab. This will then list your standard templates to choose from and insert it in as a base view.
Another way would be to load up a drawing and in the Place Views tab create a new base view and browse to your .ipn file. This will then give you a drop down where you can select which view you would like to use (this is why it is useful to name your views). Note: Once its placed the view can’t be changed.
Will updating your snapshot be brought through to the drawing view?
If you have made changes in the snapshot and are looking to bring this through to the drawing you can do this but will need to do it different ways in both views. The Independent Snapshot View will update any changes automatically, this is why we would recommend using this type of view, alongside the fact it doesn’t make any changes to the timeline. The Associative Snapshot View won’t update automatically, once you change the time you will need to update it by pressing the refresh button. The camera angle also can’t be updated without breaking the link.