Inventor 2017 Presentation Files – The New Look and Feel

You may or may not have seen the presentation file environment inside of Inventor 2017. If you have, you noticed that the environment got a pretty good face lift. For anyone that recalls the now defunct Inventor Publisher program, you may recognize some of the features. It seems as though Autodesk has discontinued Publisher and taken some of the technologies and put them in the Inventor Presentation environment. One of the long awaited features that came over is the ability to publish 3D PDFs of your models. But as far as presentation files go, Darel Bush out of our Tulsa office has put together a list of the features with a little how to on them. Read on for more information, and be on the lookout soon for part 2 that covers the feature additions/changes to the Presentation files in Inventor 2017 R2.


Presentation files

Creating a presentation file can be done two ways, using a default or custom template, and by specifying the model during file creation, or Insert the model reference in an existing IPN file.

Presentation files include scenes made up of snapshots. Scenes are based on a specific model source and a set of model representations. Snapshot views and animation storyboards combine to create scenes.



Manipulating Components

Moving or rotate components using the tweak components command adds tweaks to an animation timeline as it is being created, saving your tweak actions to a list of  tweaks that are added to a tweak browser folder.



Trail Lines for Tweaked Components

Trail line options have been added to the tweak components tool bar and are selectable from a drop down the list. The All Components option is selected by default. To hide a trail, right-click a trail line as before, and click hide trail segment, or select, Current or All. Also in the browser, within the tweaks folder, select and right click a component, and click hide trails.



Component Visibility and Opacity

Selecting the component, right clicking, and selecting visibility in the graphics window turns the part off. Selecting the (grayed out) part or assembly in the browser window,  right clicking, and selecting visibility turns the part back on. Selecting the component, right clicking, and selecting opacity brings up a slider bar for adjusting the opacity of select the component, or from the ribbon, presentation tab, transform panel, choose opacity. You can change the visibility and opacity setting in a snapshot view, or save the change as an action to the storyboard. To create an action, move the timeline slider to the desired position on the storyboard timeline first. To change the initial setting for a storyboard, move the timeline slider to the Scratch Zone.






Snapshots or snapshot views are a picture in time of a specific model arrangement. Snapshot views can be linked to the timeline or used independently. Snapshots are also used to create drawing views or raster images of a model.



Animations are derived by multiple tweaks added as sequences of actions to the timeline. Tweaks can create types of actions: moving a component, rotating a component, change component visibility or opacity, and a change in camera position. Animations are then published as videos.




Camera Positions

Navigation toolbar commands are used to change the view of the model. The camera settings are not saved automatically. To change camera position in a snapshot view, edit the snapshot view, and click update camera. To save a camera position to an animation, place the timeline slider to the desired position on the timeline, and click capture camera. A camera action is added to the timeline.



Presentations can be published to a video file (AVI and WMV) or to a raster image (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF). Publishing scope and other output options are set during publish. The quality of these videos is far better than what we’ve seen from presentation files in the past.


Migrating  Presentations

All information from previous presentation files are automatically migrated to the new version.

Exploded views are converted to snapshot views. All tweaks and other model and camera settings are preserved. Animations are converted to storyboards, and tasks are converted to animation actions and added to the timeline.