Changing Views

Changing Views (Object)

In the graphics window, you may want to rotate the view to be in line with the axis system or to have an isometric view of the object. In this case, the Save-Restore-Select views tool is very useful. As stated in its title, it can save and restore views that you want to re-use as well as select other projection views.

Save-Store-Select Views Menu Tool Outlined

The icon for the tool is located in the toolbar, and looks like a camera with an arrow below it.

The Projection Mode refers to the way in which the object is portrayed in the graphics window. In Parallel Projection, the object looks like ‘a technical drawing style’, whereas with Perspective Projection, the object looks ‘realistic’ as if you were looking at the object in real life.

Save-Store-Select Views Menu Projection Mode Tool

Views correspond to a certain orientation of the object. The lines next to the view refer to the axis orientation and correspond to the X, Y and Z axes.

 Save-Store-Select Views Menu Views Tool

To rotate the object, click on the icon that looks like this. Each arrow corresponds to a rotation in that direction.

 Rotate View Tool Outlined

If you move the object a lot, and it is hard to retrieve its original view, then click on the reset view icon, and it will restore the view to its original state.

Reset View Tool Outlined

To zoom into a particular part of the object, you can use Rubberband Zoom. When using the tool, click on two points, which are the opposite diagonal points of a rectangle. The area in the rectangle, which will appear, will be zoomed in.

Rubberband Zoom Tool Outlined

Rubberband Zoom v1 Tool

Rubberband Zoom v2 Tool

Rubberband Zoom v3 Tool

To go back to previous views, or return to a present view, the arrow keys can be used to do so.

Previous View Tool Outlined

Next View Tool Outline

To see within the object or part, use the make scene transparent tool to do so. This shows the outline of the geometry but makes the colour of surface translucent so as to see through the object.

Make Scene Transparent Tool Outlined

The Show all meshes button displays the mesh on the scene.

Show All Meshes Tool Outlined

Show All Meshes v1 Tool
The Hide all meshes button hides the mesh from the scene.

Hide All Meshes Tool Outlined

Hide All Meshes v1 Tool


“r” – reset the view

“t” – top view

“s” –side view

“f” –front view

“c” –flips the view of the body about the vertical axis

“h” –fit the view

“Shift” + “x” –rotate the view by 10 degrees about the x-axis (positive direction)

“Shift” + “y” – rotate the view by 10 degrees about the y-axis (positive direction)

“Shift” + “z” – rotate the view by 10 degrees about the z-axis (positive direction)

“x” – rotate the view by 10 degrees about the x-axis (negative direction)

“y” – rotate the view by 10 degrees about the y-axis (negative direction)

“z” – rotate the view by 10 degrees about the z-axis (negative direction)

“Shift” + “Left Mouse Button” –‘Rolls’ the object about an axis

Changing Views (Plots)

The Create/Open plots tool, as stated in its title, allows you to create new plots as well as open plots in the graphics window.

Create Open Plots Tool Outline

Create Open Plots v1 Tool

The Fit plot view rescales the plot to fit the whole graph in the scene. An example of its use is when you zoom into the graph significantly to see a specific value, and you want to return to see the overview of the graph.

Fit Plot View Tool Outlined

Zoom selected plot is a tool used to zoom into the graph, it is useful if you want to focus on a certain area, since you may find mouse scroll imprecise. When using this tool, you can click on the area of interest and it will zoom into it. Or you can click, hold and drag to create an area where the scene will be zoomed into.

Zoom Selected Plot Tool

Zoom Selected Plot v1 Tool

Zoom Selected Plot v2 Tool

Pan selected plot is a tool which when selected allows you to pan through the plot. To use this tool, hold the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse to the area of interest.

Pan Selected Plot Tool Outlined


Pan Selected Plot v1 ToolPan Selected Plot v2 Tool