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Ability to generate a thumbnail for Positioning Assemblies

Ability to generate a thumbnail for Positioning Assemblies

When setting Visualization Service to publish Positioning Assemblies , there's no way to generate a thumbnail

 

Need a way to generate this in order to have thumbnails on EPMDocument and WtParts info pages

 

 

4 Comments
Aquamarine

refer to Article:

 

Article - CS9029 - SPR 1990400 

Emerald I

@GregoryPERASSO,

If the CAD worker is configured to generate thumbnails during publishing, it should be capable of generating this image while the assembly is loaded into session, especially in the case of extended positioning assemblies.  I know for a fact that all models are being loaded into session during extended positioning assembly publishing because I'm generating STEP files as an additional file during their publishing, and the STEP file would be empty if everything wasn't in session during it's creation.

 

Yes, like the article says, generating a thumbnail after the representation is already created isn't going to work, but it should be possible during representation creation.

Aquamarine

@TomU 

 

Yes it should be possible during creation or even after with a "low priority" worker... 

 

this point was discussed with @romorrison during Liveworx.  It is more to know if it is now in the backlog .

 

 

Garnet
Status changed to: Under Consideration

The reason that it doesn't generate a thumbnail is for two reasons:

  • Standard positioning assemblies ONLY download the assemblies during time of conversion.  Therefore it cannot generate a thumbnail without all of  the content present
  • Positioning Assemblies (including extended positioning assemblies) don't go out of date the same way that standard representations do, as a result they frequently are NOT republished (because they simply load the geometry of their children).  This would result in frequently inaccurate thumbnails because you would not bother with republishing these.

 

We are looking into the feasibility of updating the thumbnail worker to process positioning assemblies and retrieve the branch links prior to generating the thumbnail.  We are also looking at a different mechanism for scheduling the regeneration of thumbnails only on a lower priority so that it would address the issue of them going out of date.

 

This is something that is in the backlog but we do not have a release confirmed for this yet.