Category CATIA Composer

Composer R2019 Highlights


Our R2019 release delivers functions implemented based on customer inputs. The resulting enhancements help improve productivity and overall user experiences even further.

  • UI Updates/Improvements: The following items are newly available with the latest release:
    • Modernized icons for enhanced visibility
    • New command search input in the ribbon
    • Select Adjacent Parts
    • Display of the number of actors selected
    • Grouping hotspot/selection sets
    • Avoid overwriting backup data (Auto Save Versioning)
    • New indicator of Intelligent View at the right bottom corner
    • Lock views
    • Search Collaborative Actors
  • More Language Support:Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish are now supported.
  • Fixed Size Arrows and Red Line Display Control: New options are added in the Properties pane to fix the size of the l...
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SAAB’s model based development reduced costs and lead time


Here is an interesting blog post about the Gripen E program of SAAB’s aeronautics group:

Paper Is Passe – Model-Based Development (MBD) Keeps The Gripen E Programme On Time

The post describes how their model-based development (MBD) was helpful in improving overall operations of the Gripen E project. The following three bullet points are especially noteworthy because these are exactly what we typically hear from CATIA Composer users as well who decided to say goodbye to paper and implemented 3D as a master source of all references:

• Higher quality of parts (assembly verification done using simulators etc.)

• Assembly work instruction is more user friendly

• Reduced lead time for changes

Please look at our past posts on 3dmojo...

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Use Milestones to snapshot in-between steps


One of the newly implemented functions of CATIA Compsoer R2016x is Milestone. Each Milestone can be placed anywhere in the Marker field from the right-click menu, so that you can define a specific frame of an animation sequence to be captured and created as an raster image.

Inside the High Resolution Image workshop, you can turn on the Milestones checkbox in order to generate multiple images corresponding to defined Milestones with one batch execution. This should be convenient to generate raster images directly from animation frames, regardless of Marker locations.

Defined Milestones can be seen from the Markers panel.

Markers are useful to define animation sequences in order to show steps of assembly or maintenance works...

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Animation Library


CATIA Composer has been well known for its easy-to-define key frame based animations. However, it’s sometimes tedious to define each key for repetitive animation sequences. Thus, we implemented the Animation Library workshop to further improve the efficiency of animation definitions.


Inside the Animation Library, very useful functions were introduced. So, here, we will take a look at each of them.


Most basic animation sequences such as enhance, focus, install, unscrew, and roll are available in groups inside the ANIMATIONS field.


After specifying one of these basic sequences, you can fine-tune details of the parameters such as the starting time, ending time, opacity, color of flashing, moving direction, rotational axis, etc. to add your desired behaviors to the selection set.


The OV...

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Multi-Track Timeline



The multi-track Timeline feature provides users with a more efficient way of managing keys for animation definitions. In the Timeline, users can easily identify and locate target keys to edit without tedious filtering operations.

Before, one single line had multiple purposes. So, you had to rely on the filter function to see only the target property for the selected actors’ keys on the timeline.

With this multi-timeline feature, available after releases in 2015, Composer offers actor timeline split into multiple sub-tracks dedicated to Location, Opacity, Materials, Events, and Viewport. So, the user can easily keep track of specific keys for location changes or color transitions.

We already received very positive feedback from our customers worldwide regarding improved productivity out...

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3D Tool Library


Have you ever wondered if you could easily obtain necessary 3D tools such as screw drivers and hammers? Here is good news for you. Starting with the R2016x release, CATIA Composer includes a handy set of tools for you.

Just by selecting WORKSHOPS > Model Browser > 3D Tools, you can see wrenches, spanners, drivers, and hands.

These 3D models were newly created inside CATIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and you can freely use them in your work instructions and presentations.

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TodCast #29 Use Styles for Consistency


Styles are a very powerful and probably an under-utilized feature that can really help make your Composer experiences more consistent. In one example from the forum, a user was adding spaces to text panels to make them the same size. I see users all the time that will make a new panel and change the color, position and size over and over again and manually   move them around to the same position. When I show them how to do this with styles usually the first comment is “I wish I would have found this a long time ago”

So here you go, today’s Quick Tip – Use Styles for consistency.

Just thought I’d add a little note. If you do want to add spaces and keep them, use the Character map tool for spaces in Windows and create the style with that...

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TodCast #28 Customer Video Sample #1


This is the first customer video from one of our 3Dmojo users, Azhar Qazi.  Azar is a Mechanical Engineer  from India working for Precihole Machine Tools. He works in design and development of Air rifles as well as Deep Hole Drilling machines. As an additional activity he also creates content for marketing like rendered images, Composer animation, brochures, posters, and website activities. Self-taught in Composer, Azhar has been using Composer since 2012. You can check out some of his additional work at

All the maintenance videos are linked through a QR code that is pasted on the respective machine part...

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TodCast #27 CATIA Composer Moto Demo



Here is just a few possible use cases for CATIA Composer showing some nice examples in Sales and Marketing, Quality Assessment, Customer Support and Services, Manuals and Technical Documentation, and Engineering and Manufacturing using imported PMI from CATIA.

BTW,  We are still looking for customer demo videos, possible tips or any other Composer skills you would like to highlight. One Customer has just submitted one and I’ll be posting it soon.

Come on, lets see what you got, show off your skills impress your co-workers.


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TodCast #26 3DVIA becomes CATIA Composer


You probably noticed some changes when you got to 3DMOJO.

New logo and colors, whats up? You might say, “but I’m not a CATIA user.”  Not to worry, its all good 3DVIA Composer is now called CATIA Composer.  This is an exciting development which promises to be help for all Composer users.

CATIA is Dassault Systèmes’ pioneer brand. It is the world’s leading solution for product design and innovation. As Composer is professional content authoring software for the communication of engineering data, it makes sense to bring it into the CATIA family.

This transition allows us to access the latest CAD technologies, ensuring CATIA Composer is up to date with current versions and features of CATIA, while maintaining the openness that made 3DVIA Composer su...

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