Written by: Quinton Rocke, Application Engineer
In previous versions of eDrawings, when opening native SOLIDWORKS files (sldprt or sldasm extension) you would only get the last active configuration. Many users worked around this limitation by exporting to a native eDrawings file format from inside of SOLIDWORKS.
Starting in SOLIDWORKS 2019, you can access the display data for the inactive configurations in native SOLIDWORKS files directly from eDrawings if you enable a configuration specific setting in the models. To do this, navigate to the ConfigurationManager tab, right-click any configuration and choose the option to “Add Display Data Mark”.
You will need to enable this for all configurations you wish to have access to in eDrawings and save the file at least once after enabling it. To remove the Display Data Mark on a configuration you previously enabled it on, you only need to right-click it again and choose “Remove Display Data Mark”.
A few things to note:
The Display Data Mark option is also useful when opening files using the Quick View Mode in SOLIDWORKS.
When you open SOLIDWORKS assemblies in eDrawings, you can access all the assembly configurations that were saved in Large Design Review mode. In fact, the name of the Large Design Review Mark option has been changed to Display Data Mark.