We have several users (specifically management-type) who compare Navigator to Navisworks. The only lingering item which keeps coming up is that in Navisworks you can right-click, turn off element. Currently in Navigator, you can only turn off reference or level. I have submitted CRs in the past on this but to date it has not been incorporated. Do you know if there is an intent to build the capability to turn off the display of elements (like what is possible in Navigator Mobile)? I keep envisioning in Project Explorer, where you can expand and see references, then levels, and then why not elements?
Going through this right now, Brent. Navisworks can do this because the model is "cached" so each individual element (similar to a Cached Dynamic View) is independent. Same with the Navigator Mobile...
I would think it would be possible in a Packaged i-model (which is all cached and one file), but it's still got the overlay, so you are still technically referencing the file.
I've been playing with some workflows around Displays Sets and Transparencies to accomplish the same thing, and it's doable, but not pretty.
I would add my name to this item. Maybe Joe Granville can enlighten us?
From the DisplaySet standpoint, what I do is put the entire Model into a Display Set, Right Click on an item, and use Isolate Element>Remove to turn off that item. It works, but it takes a minute to put the whole model into the Display Set.
As I said, not as pretty as Right Click>Off, but it does work.
Brent, as of right now Bentley Navigator does not have an easy way to turn off an individual element. Navigator has several ways of isolating individual elements but when it comes to hiding them you can only do this at a level or reference concept.
As you have seen Navigator Mobile works much differently in the way that it allows you to both isolate and hide elements. This same capability is now being developed for Bentley Navigator and will be available as part of the next generation release of the product targeted for the end of the year.
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FWIW, here is my workflow on how to accomplish what you/we are asking. Drop this SWF file into your browser to view the Jing-made video. (side note: love Jing.)