Is it possible to create or redefine a simplified representation in Creo Parametric WITHOUT causing it to activate? I often will make adjustments to an arbitrary simp rep while the model is open in an empty rep. However, the only options I see are "Open", "Cancel", and "Apply". Pressing Open is the only way I know to actually save the changes made, which forces the simp rep to become the active rep in the model. This can be extremely frustrating when working with a massive assembly.
I would love to see this screen have options like "Save", "Apply", and "Cancel" instead of the current set.
I don't think there is a particularly clever way to achieve what you are looking for. You can however be smarter about the simplified rep default settings. Remember that if include or exclude are by default as you add content it will either automatically add or exclude from each rep.
There are also zonal reps so you can include or exclude in zones between datum planes for example.
Additionally rules based reps might help you where you scan set rules to include or exclude on a parameter or the part number, the controls for that are endless really. In the past I have used a parameters that identify parts as fasteners so I can have a rep that has removed all fasteners with one line of code.
Also you could use combined view states. Set up each window to be the reps you want to control so you adjust in that window.
Again coming back to reps. If you are only needing pictures for drawings these huge reps could simply be graphic reps so you would not be able to measure distances in the model but would see the part.
Hope this helps.
You can modify simplified reps from within the model tree. Add the simp rep names to the model tree, modify tree columns and add the simp rep(s) you want to modify.
This does indeed seem to work, thank you! It's a shame the only way to currently do this is something cumbersome like modifying my model tree columns, but it's better than waiting a half hour for something to load. Thanks!
EDIT: There's one major problem with this method. You cannot choose User reps in the dropdown menu that appears in that column. You can choose all the standard ones (Master, Exclude, Automatic, etc.), so in many cases this may help.