Creo Elements/Direct Drafting 18.0 includes a new “Fluent UI.” That is, a user interface that has a look and feel similar to that used by contemporary Microsoft products, organizing menus and commands into tabs and groups. In this article, you’ll see how to modify selected settings of the new UI and learn about important considerations when making these changes.


In Creo Elements/Drafting 18.0 you can choose from two color schemes—the default Creo look or the more legacy CoCreate look. You can also select which commands appear in the Quick Access Toolbar, such as Circle or Arc.


Before you begin using the new Creo/Elements Direct Drafting 18.0, choose which color scheme you will use, the default Creo Colors or legacy CoCreate Colors. The color scheme you choose will determine the default colors for different element types and for the viewport.




To avoid conflicts, each user should decide which color scheme to be used in Creo Elements/Direct Drafting 18.0. Consider the following:


  • The decision about this setting should be made only once. This setting is not intended for toggling during the same or different sessions of Creo Elements/Direct Drafting!


  • We strongly recommend that all users who own “old” MI drawings or who exchange data with other CAD systems use the CoCreate color scheme. This mode will ensure full compatibility with previous versions of Creo Elements/Direct Drafting as well as with all existing drawings


  • For users who are sure that they won’t use (now or in the future) existing data (e.g., legacy MI, DXF, DWG, or Iges2D), the Creo colors scheme is an appropriate choice


  • The CoCreate color scheme option is not persistent. That is, Creo color settings return each time you start Creo Elements/Direct Drafting again. To avoid resetting the color scheme for each session, add the lines CREO_ELEM_COLOR OFF and CREO_VIEWPORT_COLOR OFF to the user’s customization


  • Users who work with both Creo Elements/Direct Modeling and Creo Elements/Direct  Drafting should think about the color scheme too. That’s because drawings created by Annotation follow the same rules of the activated color scheme as described above. As soon as data exchange will be an issue, the user should switch to the CoCreate color scheme to avoid compatibility problems


  • In order to further tune the appearance of black and white elements the function: UA_INVERT_ELEMENTS can be used. A detailed description can be found in the Programming Reference Guide of Creo Elements/Direct Drafting


  • Be aware that the default plot transformation matrix has been adjusted in a way that black and white elements will be plotted independent of the chosen color scheme


  • Currently Creo Elements/Direct Drafting v18 offers no color transfer tools to change the color scheme of existing MI files from the CoCreate to the Creo color scheme or visa versa


To change the color scheme from the default to CoCreate colors, click File > Settings > Color > CoCreate Colors. To make the change persistent, modify the user customization as described above.


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