Selection Priority, Transparency, BOM Structure

Selection Priority, Transparency, BOM Structure

Win64, English

Arsenii Yavtushenko
Additional command set that adds Transparency, BOM Structure and Priority Commands, as well as makes some of the more frequently used functions to the same ribbon panel, making them more accessible.

General Usage Instructions

This add-in introduces three brand-new buttons:

Priority: Toggles between Part and Assembly Selection Priority as most frequently used Priority selections (can be adjusted, depending on specific needs). To use, simply click on the button and that will change current Selection Priority.

BOM Structure: Additional menu that allows users to change or check the active Part or Assembly properties, such as Part Number, BOM Structure or Units. To use, click on the ribbon button. That will launch a form, where you can change the file's Part Number, BOM Structure, Angle, Length and Mass units. It can also save current properties' selection as default using an appropriate button to the right of the Units' properties. Useful to assign a desired batch of mentioned properties when working with an exported component instantly.

Transparency: Make selected part or assembly transparent. The command creates the "CLEAR" View Representation. View Name and creation of additional View can be changed in the Options Menu, which can be launched with the button in ribbon's slide-out panel.

A newly created panel also contains some common Autodesk® Inventor® buttons to provide easier access to them.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


This command makes the selected part or assembly transparent. In case of a Part - If the part is an active document, the user just needs to press the button for it to become transparent. There are also a couple of options regarding the View Representation: the end user can choose whether to create a new View Representation, and the user can select the name for a new Representation. If such already exists, the command will override it. In case of an Assembly - if the assembly is currently active, there are two options: the end user can select desired parts first (multiple parts at once can be selected) and then press the button for them to become transparent. The second option is to press the button first, and then select the desired object. There is no option to create a View Representation in the assembly, because it had proven itself to be difficult to use (let me know if you have any ideas about it).


This command toggles between Part and Component Priority in one click. Let me know if you need any other choices, like Body Priority, Feature Priority, etc.

BOM Structure

This command can change Part Number, BOM Structure, and Angle, Length, Mass Units to predefined parameters. Part Number field is always filled with the object's File Name, which makes this add-in quite useful when managing imported, renamed or otherwise questionable files. Current BOM Structure, Angle, Length and Mass selections can be saved for future use.


The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You can unload the plugin without uninstalling it by unchecking the "Loaded/Unloaded" check box associated with the plugin in the Autodesk® Inventor® Add-In Manager. You may have to restart Inventor to completely unload the application.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel/Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8.1/10), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system.

Additional Information

Minimal System Requirements:

  • Windows™ 7 or higher (Windows™ XP is not supported)
  • Autodesk® Inventor® 2014 or higher (Inventor™ 2013 is not supported)*
  • Hardware powerful enough to run Inventor™ Software

Known Issues

- Priority Button icon can sometimes "freeze", meaning that it may not always correlate with the current Selection Priority. It only relates to the icon, and to combat it, just click on the button twice.

- If the Transparency command was used on the Assembly file, you will not be able to change the appearance of the individual components within it. To work around it, select the parts that need to be transparent individually.


Author/Company Information

Arsenii Yavtushenko

Support Information

If you encounter any issues with the add-in, please send me an e-mail at as soon as possible. Also, please include any additional information about the issue, like background of the issue and error message. The file in which this issue occurred would be much preferred.

Version History

Version Number Version Description


- Corrected an issue with Transparency command resetting selection in a new document. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Fixed the error message when exiting BOM Structure form. - Added feature to return the original appearance using Transparency button. - Added a Help button to the BOM Structure form.


- Fixed the error message when exiting BOM Structure form. - Added feature to return the original appearance using Transparency button. - Added a Help button to the BOM Structure form.
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