In the "file-open-stl" window, click on "options". This will open another
window that will give you the choice of opening the part as a solid, or a
graphics object. Choose solid.
If the model has any curves it will be noticably faceted. Photoworks doesn't
have any tools to smooth it out with, so it will render pretty rough
In verifying what I just told you, I discovered several problems. One's a
big fat bug, and the other may be a bug, or designed behavior.
SW2003 SP4 doesn't appear to be able to read an STL in as a solid "unless"
it's extremely simple. I tried a small curvy part, SW choked (came up with
an empty part after many minutes). Tried a block with a hole in it, and it
read in as a faceted solid. activated PW2 and all the selections were grey'd
out except the "render area", and "render last area" Icons. It will allow
you to render using default materials and windowing, but it won't allow you
to apply materials, or modify the scenes. Looks like both are bugs to me.
In response to your original post, I did try all three choices - graphics,
solids, and surfaces - graphics is the only one that works. I tried all
three with and without the texture info selected too.
And you are right, it doesn't work - it must be a bug.
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