Using CS48699 for information about the 3D Dragger I tried this as a solution. That CS says that the 3D Dragger remembers the last state (show or hide) within that assembly. It appears to be working.
Open your start .ASM file. The one stored in your config location START_MODEL_DIR.
Assmble a part. (I used a random file already in my workspace. It may be a better idea to use the start .PRT file.)
Turn off the 3D Dragger.
Complete the assembly of that part (I left it unconstrained).
Delete the part from the model tree.
Save and Check In the start .ASM file.
Now when you start a new assembly using that as your template, the 3D Dragger should be turned off when you assembly any part or sub-assembly.
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I may be the only one that thinks the Drag Orb is actually a very good tool on this thread, but all my engineers love it as well. It gives you instant feedback on not only the degrees of freedom the component has, but which ones are free. This aids us in knowing very quickly what constraints are in place and which ones are not.
We also use it to drag the component in place or in the general location that we want to place it but at the same time, you can drag the component away from any surfaces you may want to select for placement.
One of the reasons our assembly time has gone down drastactly, is due to the Drag Orb.
I wonder if others out there see the good in this feature?. Maybe if you try to work with it, instead of around it, you may find that it has good possibilities.
At the end of the day, we all work a little different and have different scenarios. I think it only makes sense for it to be an option. One group would use it often and turn if off when they don't need it and another gourp would rarely use it and turn it on when they do need it.
Bottom line is that it should be a config.pro option and we should all push for that.
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On my end, I can pick a component reference first or assembly reference first. My choice. Not sure why yours is working differently.
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Ok, call me the luddite of the group, but I like the old two window method the best.
More often than not, I'm assembling small parts into a large assembly. I can have the small window zoomed up at one scale and the larger window at another scale.
One thing the kind of irritates me now it that the process wants you to pick a reference in the assembly before picking the part reference. That's backwards from how I've been working since 1989.
And actually there are times I miss the insert option.