Recipe Editor Lesson #1 – Understanding the Interface

Recipe Editors, sometimes known as cookbook editors, combine their excellent writing skills with their love for cooking.   Well, You  guessed it right… I’m not talking about those Recipe Editors or the Salads but this post is about configuring a Recipe file to publish your CAD data into the Light weight Creo View file using PTC’s Creo View Recipe Editor.

About Recipe Editor***

***Note: This post is meant to be informational only.  Recipe Editor is intended to be used by System Administrators who are installing and configuring Creo View Adapters.  Please contact PTC Tech Support for questions about the correct use of Recipe Editor. ***

This post discusses the key aspects of the Recipe Editor such as What? Why? How?

What is the Recipe Editor?

Creo View Recipe Editor controls  “What” to publish and “How” to publish the CAD data to corresponding Creo View file (also called the Viewable file). Recipe Editor is a tool and an interface that allows configuration of all the settings available to the Editor.

Why do you need the Recipe Editor?

Recipe editor is a Visual interface for configuring the recipe file.

What is a Recipe file?

A recipe is a set of user defined rules that drives the Creo View “CAD” Adapters.  Recipes are stored as “.rcp” files. A default recipe file is provided with each Creo View Adapter.

The default .rcp file is pre-configured to allow the visualization of most entities in the CAD dataset. It is recommended that you do not edit the master recipe. Instead, you create new recipes for each Creo View Adapter or each installation that you operate.

Recipe Editor User Interface

Launching the recipe editor brings up the following dialog with six tabs – 

1. Basic

2. Parameters

3. Advanced

4. Preparation

5. LOD Setup

6. LOD Details

Basic -> Basic Tab of the Recipe Editor defines “What” aspects of the CAD model should be published, the output format and “How” the output should be structured. See the picture below for the available options on the Basic Tab.  I shall try to explain these options in a future post of mine. Stay tuned…


Parameters -> Parameters tab of the Recipe Editor defines the parameters for geometry preparation, attributes to be published and the adapter specific entities that are available for conversion. The pic below shows the available options on the Parameters Tab. Watch out for future posts on this topic…..

Recipe-Parameters M040

Advanced ->Advanced tab of the Recipe Editor defines the Output locations, Worker configuration, Error handling, Copyright notices to be burnt into the viewable files and the settings that control the 2D Drawing and PDF outputs.

Recipe-Advanced M040

Preparation -> Preparation tab of the Recipe Editor defines the optimization techniques to be used when generating the viewable files. The pic below shows the Preparation Tab and the available options

Recipe-Preparation M040

LOD setup -> LOD setup tab of the Recipe Editor defines the number of LOD’s and their configurations. See the pic below for available options on the LOD tab

Recipe-LOD Setup M040

LOD Details -> LOD Details tab of the Recipe Editor defines the details for each LOD (Level of Detail). See the pic below for the available options on this tab.

Recipe-LOD Details M040


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Applicability: PTC Creo View Adapters

Last updated: Aug 2013

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