View navigation and control

There are a variety of ways to control the current view (navigate) in a form•Z modeling window. These include items in the View menu, the Navigation tool bar, key shortcuts, a 3Dconnexion space ball, and the View Parameters palette.

 

View menu and tools

The View menu contains items for changing the view type between Axonometric, Isometric, Oblique, 3 and 2 Point Perspective. It also contains items for changing to a projection view (Top, Bottom, Right, Left, Front, Back) or back to a 3D View. The Cone Of Vision item invokes a special multi-view environment that allows for precise graphic control over the view parameters with an interactive preview.

 

Navigation tools

The Navigation tool palette contains the following viewing icons, as found in the View menu. Note that these tools are sensitive to picked entities. When they exist they are placed at the center of the view.

 

Hand.tif Hand: This tool interactively pans the view as the cursor is clicked and dragged in the project window. When the tool is selected the cursor changes to a hand. Press the mouse at a starting location and keep the button down to interactively drag the view. Release the button when the desired result is achieved. The tool remains active for additional iterations.

 

Zoom.tif Zoom: This tool zooms the view in (closer) or out (further) centered on the cursor location. When the tool is selected the cursor changes to a magnifying glass. Clicking the mouse at the desired cursor location performs the zoom. By default the tool zooms in. Pressing the command/ctrl key zooms out. Pressing the shift key when clicking invokes a selection rectangle to select an area to be zoomed on.

 

Zoom In Incrementally.tif Zoom In By Frame: This tool allows you to click and drag to draw a rectangle which delineates the area to be zoomed in, by default. Pressing the command/ctrl key it zooms out.

 

 

Zoom In Incrementally.tif Zoom In Incrementally: Each selection of this tool zooms the view in (closer) around the current view center. The shortcut of this action is command/ctrl + [.

 

 

Zoom out Incrementally.tif Zoom Out Incrementally: Each selection of this tool zooms the view out (farther) around the current view center. The shortcut of this action is command/ctrl + ].

 

 

Fit All.tif Fit All: This tool zooms the view such that all visible objects in the project fill the window. When the scene contains picked objects, then these become the basis for the fitting and all unpicked objects are ignored. The default shortcut of this action is command/ctrl + F.

 

Navigation using mouse buttons

There are a number of default shortcuts using the mouse buttons:

Scroll wheel/ball: Zooms the current view in or out at the cursor location as the wheel/ball is moved.

 

Double click middle button (scroll wheel/ ball): Fits all the visible objects of the project in the window.

 

Command/ctrl key + double click middle button (scroll wheel/ ball): Fits all the picked entities of the project in the window.

 

Click and drag middle button (scroll wheel/ ball): Interactively pans (drags) the view following the position of the cursor on the screen.

 

Command/ctrl key + right button: Interactively spins the view following the position of the cursor on the screen.

Navigation using key shortcuts

A number of default key shortcuts affect views:

Right arrow: Pan right.

Left arrow: Pan left.

Up arrow: Pan up.

Down arrow: Pan down.

 

Shift + up arrow: Move in.

Shift + down arrow: Move out.

 

Command/ctrl key + right arrow: Look to the right.

Command/ctrl key + left arrow: Look to the left.

Command/ctrl key + up arrow: Look up.

Command/ctrl key + down arrow: Look down.

3Dconnexion space ball

This is also available for navigating through your scenes and works in the standard manner for this device. For more information refer to the related documentation included in the plugins folder.

 

 

View Parameters palette

The View Parameters palette contains numeric information of the current view parameters. As the view is changed, the updated parameters are shown in the palette. The palette can also be used at any time to change the view by typing a new value in any of the numeric fields. The view type can also be changed from this palette. Selecting the View Parameters item from the View or Palettes menus opens the palette.