CATIA Composer is a technical communication software that lets you clearly explain products using existing 3D CAD data. New enhancements in CATIA Composer R2016 include:
New Timeline Tracks
The timeline has been revamped with additional tracks to offer an array of new functionality for your 3D animations. The existing Camera and Digger tracks remain unchanged. However, the track for actor keys has been split into the following:
- Location track: displays the keys indicating an actor’s location.
- Properties track: expands into sub-tracks (such as Opacity, Materials and Events) displaying property-related keys.
- Viewport track: displays all the viewport property keys.
Restore Active View Visibility
A new visibility command is now available in the Home ribbon to let you restore the visibility of all actors of the active view.
Use it when you have made changes in the view (such as moving or adding actors, changing actors' visibility) and then want to restore the visibility of all actors to the last updated state. Other properties such as color, opacity, position, etc. will not be restored.
Thick Border for Active View
The active view is now surrounded by a thick border in the Views pane. This enables you to differentiate between the active view and selected views (which are highlighted and surrounded by a thinner border).
Points Imported as Stay on Top
A new advanced document property, IOImportPointsStayOnTop, lets you specify that points and construction points are imported as staying on top.
Support of CATIA V5-6 R2015 (R25)
CATIA V5-6 R2015 (R25) GA is now supported.
New Features in Composer Application Programming Interface
The Composer Application Programming Interface (API) has been enhanced with a number of features.
Composer PMI Remover
If you are facing performance-related issues when loading Composer files (.smg or .smgXml) containing large amounts of Product Manufacturing Information (PMI), a tool is now at your disposal in the Composer installation folder, that will let you remove this PMI from specified files. Removing PMI from .smg or .smgXml files reduces their size, and therefore, consequently reduces the time it takes to load these files in Composer.