Overview of SteeringWheels

Overview of SteeringWheels

SteeringWheels, also known as wheels, can save you time by combining many of the common navigation commands into a single interface. Wheels are specific to the context from which a model is being viewed.

SteeringWheels, also known as wheels, can save you time by combining many of the common navigation commands into a single interface. Wheels are specific to the context from which a model is being viewed.

The following illustrations show the different wheels available:

Full Wheels

Overview of SteeringWheelsMini Wheels

Overview of SteeringWheelsDisplay and Use Wheels

Pressing and dragging on a wedge of a wheel is the primary mode of interaction. After a wheel is displayed, click one of the wedges and hold down the button on the pointing device to activate the navigation command. Drag to reorient the current view. Releasing the button returns you to the wheel.

Appearance of the Wheels

You can control the appearance of the wheels by switching between the different styles of wheels that are available, or by adjusting the size and opacity. Wheels (except the 2D Navigation wheel) are available in two different styles: big and mini.

The size of a wheel controls how large or small the wedges and labels appear on the wheel; the opacity level controls the visibility of the objects in the model behind the wheel.

Wheel tooltip, command Messages, and command Cursor Text

tooltips are displayed for each button on a wheel as the cursor is moved over them. The tooltips appear below the wheel and identify what action to perform if the wedge or button is clicked. Similar to tooltips, command messages and cursor text are displayed when you use one of the navigation commands from a wheel.

command messages are displayed when a navigation command is active; they provide basic instructions about using the command. command cursor text displays the name of the active navigation command near the cursor. Disabling command messages and cursor text only affects the messages that are displayed when using the mini wheels or the big Full Navigation wheel.

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