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Color Map - Preloading?


Color Map - Preloading?

A few revs ago, I forget when, PTC added a terrific default color map to Pro/E. This little guy has dozens of useful colors already defined and named in it. But...every time you go to use it, you have to sit while it loads the little sample color globes, one at a time, until the one you want is loaded. Does anyone know of a config option or something that lets Pro/E use some of my computer's memory to, like, populate this table so I don't have to sit and let it churn when I want to use it?

Does this make sense? Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. Note the last three, white globes next to the purple one that have yet to generate.

Thanks in advance,


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Known bug. Fixed in WF5 - M080


Anyone know if this color map can be used in WF4? Looks rather nice...


Paul Korenkiewicz
FEV, Inc.
4554 Glenmeade
Auburn Hills, MI., 48326

23-Emerald II

Should be able to, it is just a text file, appearance.dmt.
The one I attached has 138 colors in it.

Look in your <loadpoint>\graphic_library\adv_materials\* and you will find others.
You can also download the Graphics Library from and it has additional *.dmt files.
Woods, asphalt, concrete, glass, etc are all in the Graphics Library.

Thank you,

Ben H. Loosli

I replace the original one in
C:\ptc\ProeWildfire3M040\graphic-library\appearances folder

Even there is a config. setting (global_appearance_file), it does not


5-Regular Member

I tried using our standard appearance.dmt in Wildfire 4 after modifying and saving it in Wildfire 5. It would not load, which leads me to think it may not be backwards compatible. There are several new definitions added to each color in the file saved out of Wildfire 5.

On many occasions we need to take a view of a drawing and bring it into a
Word document. We have always used the CGM output from Pro/E to create a
file that we can then import into Word. Lately Microsoft has been
dropping support for CGM files and this is getting more difficult to

We are using Wildfire 4 M180 and Office 2003 or 2007

What are some other solutions that are being used to bring drawing views
into other documents?


Jeff Schnellinger
Senior Mechanical Engineer

What I do is print to tiff and the bring that into photoshop, scale it down, and crop to what I want. Makes a nice image.

See attached sample.

David Haigh

I do similar… but I like to use PDF’s.

I use print screen and then paste... quick and dirty! Gets the job done depending on the use.

Michael Ohlrich, Design Engineer
Benchmade Knife Company<">>
(503) 655-6004 x122


I use all those techniques and for screenshots you can't beat Snagit. Check out version 10.


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Do you have Productview Professional? There is a toolkit that allows the
embedded Productview file to show in MS Word and PowerPoint.

We use the PowerPoint toolkit for presentations because you can pan, zoom,
hide, explode..... right in your slide presentation. The toolkit is very
simple to use. The computer that you are viewing MS Word document or
PowerPoint needs to at least have Productview Express loaded.


Lance Lie
Sr Computer System
Technologist II
310.616.1551 office
310.426.4968 cell
310-647.0315 fax

I want to thank you all for the quick replies, which varied from using
Tiff files, pdf and using screen capture software.

The best solution similar to the CGM process came from a suggestion to use
an encapsulated postscript file.

I created a printer to print to postscript and save to a file. Then,
while saving the file, change the suffix to eps from ps.

You can then import that file using the "insert - picture" from Word.

Here is the printer pcf file:

plotter colorpostsc
button_name Printer for Word
button_help Print to file for import into Office Applications.
pen_table_file c:\ptc\proeWildfire4\text\plot_config\postscript_Word.pnt
interface_quality 3 default
raster_plot_dpi 600
plot_destination file
plot_drawing_format no
plot_sheets current

And the postscript_Word.pnt file:

pen 1 thickness 0.006 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0; drawing_color
pen 2 thickness 0.004 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0; letter_color
pen 3 thickness 0.004 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0; dimmed_color
pen 4 thickness 0.003 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0;
pen 5 thickness 0.003 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0;
pen 6 thickness 0.003 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0;
pen 7 thickness 0.003 in; color 0.0 0.0 0.0;


Jeff Schnellinger
Senior Mechanical Engineer
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