I really annoyed a co-worker the other day. I saved my part model with the ever effective Watercolor Visual Style so when he opened up the document he was presented with a less than stellar style for his review. It has almost become a Rick-Rolling type of prank I play on the unsuspecting Inventor modeler.
Now from time to time, I have found that this can cause some serious problems for those with less sophisticated graphics cards where it would actually cause a CTD (Crash to Desktop) due to the settings of that computer's hardware and video settings. So how do we stop this CTD if we are one of the affected users or prevent Inventor pranks if we are not? The answer lies in our Application Options for Inventor.
On the Display Tab of the Application Options we need to adjust the settings at the very top of this dialog box. The default is to use the document settings which would be whatever the file was last saved as for visual styles and other settings. To take control of our Inventor so that it opens every time the way we want to see it, simply select the Application settings radio button instead. This will now ignore the document settings in favor of our pre-defined application ones.
Select the Settings button here to really fine tune the opening options for your file. I really prefer the Shaded with Edges as the default (that's what it always was before all these fancy new ones). I also have a penchant for turning on the faked Ambient Shadows to give the part some depth visually. We'll talk about some other settings in upcoming posts. For now, "Style-Roll" your other Inventor users and then teach them this handy trick to avoid it in the future.