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Zoom, pan, and rotate
 Rotate a 3D model

Rotate is the default setting when a 3D document is opened. Simply click on the model and drag with your pointing device.

If the Rotate icon is not visible on the toolbar,

  • Right-click on the scene background, then select Rotate.

or

  • On the 3D Document toolbar, click on the down arrow located next to the current Zoom menu icon, then select Rotate.

Note

This operation rotates your view of the model, not the actual assembly or drawing. To rotate a 3D assembly itself, see Assemblies and Parts in a 3D Scene.

 Pan in the 2D view
Left-click+Drag.

Pan is the default setting for 2D documents.

 Pan in the 3D view

There are several ways to pan a view:

  • Select Pan from the Zoom menu (located on the 3D toolbar) or right-click on a scene background, then select Pan. Left-click+Drag.

or

  • SHIFT+Left-click+Drag.

or

  • If you have a wheel mouse, you can pan by pressing down on the wheel while dragging.
 Zoom in/out on a 2D document

Left-click+Drag up to zoom out, down to zoom in.

If you have a wheel mouse, you can zoom in/out by clicking in the viewport and rotating the wheel.

 Zoom in on a 3D model
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Zoom.
  3. Left-click+Drag up to zoom out, down to zoom in. 
    If you have a wheel mouse, you can zoom in/out by clicking in the viewport and rotating the wheel.

Note

You can also access the Zoom command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Zoom in on a user-defined area
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Zoom Window.
  3. Drag across the area you would like to zoom in on. A rectangle shows the boundries of the area you are selecting.
  4. Release the mouse button.The area you selected will fill your view.

Note

You can also access the Zoom Window command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Move Section
  1. When sectioning is enabled, right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Move Section.
  3. Hold the left mouse button down and drag the section plane to the desire location along its axis.
  4. Release the mouse button.

Note

You can also access the Move Section command from the 3D Document toolbar.

3D zoom and focus
 View the entire 3D document
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Zoom Fit. SpinFire Ultimate will pan and zoom to fit the document contents entirely within the viewport.

Note

You can also access the Zoom Fit command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a single part
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Focus on Part.
  3. Click on a part.
  4. SpinFire will zoom in on that part.

Note

You can also access the Focus on Part command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a single point
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Focus on Point.
  3. Click on a part.
  4. SpinFire will pan the scene until selected point is in the center of the viewport.

Note

You can also access the Focus on Point command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a surface normal
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Focus on Surface Normal.
  3. Hover the mouse over a part with the surface normal indicator.
  4. Click on the part.
  5. SpinFire moves the scene camera to view the part down at the surface normal point.

Note

You can also access the Focus on Surface Normal command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a annotation plane
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Focus on Annotation Plane.
  3. Hover the mouse over a part with the surface normal indicator.
  4. Click on a PMI annotation or annotation plane.
  5. SpinFire rotates the scene camera to view the part parallel with the annotation plane.

Note

You can also access the Focus on Annotation Plane command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a PMI annotation
  1. Right-click anywhere in the background of the scene to open the Zoom menu.
  2. Select Focus on PMI Annotation.
  3. Click on a PMI annotation.
  4. SpinFire sets focus on the PMI annotation rotating the camera to the same plane as the annotation.

Note

You can also access the Focus on PMI Annotation command from the 3D Document toolbar.

 Focus on a coordinate system

A scene always contains the Global Coordinate System and may contain additional coordinate systems. The Focus command positions the origin point of a coordinate system in the center of your view.

  1. Right-click a coordinate system. This can be done either in the Markups pane or in the scene (on the 0,0,0 point).
  2. Select Focus.

Note

You can also focus on a coordinate system by double-clicking the coordinate system name in the Markups pane.

The Coordinate System Properties dialog box also has a Focus command button.

3D model display
 Choose the projection angle
  1. Click the Options tab. (The Options page can also be accessed from the Navigation menu or the Home page.)
  2. Click the 3D Viewer tab.
  3. Under Views and Viewports, Projection, select 1st Angle or 3rd Angle from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the Apply Settings button.

 

Note

You can change the projection angle for the current view by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Viewports icon in the 3D Document toolbar, highlight Projection, and then select either 1st Angle or 3rd Angle from the flyout menu.

 Choose isometric or perspective projection

Click the Perspective/Parallel Mode icon on the 3D Document Toolbar.

Note

You may also choose Isometric projection from the Views browser pane by clicking Default under Standard Views.

 Change model rendering view

Click the drop-down arrow next to the current rendering mode icon. For example, the current rendering mode may be Smooth Shaded, so, on the 3D Document toolbar, you would see the following:

Select the new rendering mode from the menu.

 Change rendering effects

To select and change rendering characteristics, click the Rendering Effects icon on the 3D Document Toolbar.

 Rendering Effect dialog box

On the Rendering Effects dialog box, select or clear checkboxes.

 Plane Offset
The distance between the model and the reflection or shadow.
 Simple Shadow

Creates a shadow cast by the model.

Resolution - Determines the sharpness and density of the shadow image.

Values are 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024 ppi.

Blurring - The degree to which the shadow edges are blurred.

Values are 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256.

Ignore Transparency - If selected, any transparent parts of the object will cast a shadow.

Default Simple Shadow Simple Shadow Maximum Resolution

 Simple Reflection

Creates a reflection of the model.

Opacity - The level of reflection transparency.

Blurring - The degree to which the reflection edges are blurred.

Attenuation - The effect of the distance between the light source and the model.

Fading - An gradient effect causing the reflection to appear as though it fades into the background.

 Shadow Map

Depending on the light source, SpinFire Ultimate will determine whether or not a pixel is in shadow and store this information as a numerical value in a shadow map. The resulting shadows have jagged edges. In order to smooth the edges, random samples of values stored in the shadow map are averaged, which produces a shadow factor that can be used to smooth the border between light and shadow.

Resolution - The accuracy of the shadow map is limited by its resolution. Greater resolution uses more memory and can take longer to generate.

Values are 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288.

Samples - The greater the number of samples, the smoother the shadow edges, but the scene will take longer to render.

Values are 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256.

Dynamic - By default, the shadow map is recalculated every time the point of view changes. This improves the quality of the shadows, but adds recalculation time. Clear the checkbox to disable for performance improvement.

Jitter - When jitter is enabled, a randomizing function is applied to the process of determining where to take shadow map samples. Jitter may improve a scene visually by softening jagged shadow edges.

 Bloom

Also know as glow or light bloom. Bloom is used to reproduce the illusion of extremely bright light overwhelming the eye — the light in the bright background bleeds into the darker areas, such as a figure in a doorway.

Strength -The brightness of the bloom.

Values are 1 to 10.

Blur - The degree to which the bloom bleeds into darker areas (i.e., edges are softened).

Values are 1 to 8.

Shape - Specifies the shape of the bloom.

Values are Star or Radial.

 

 

 Hide/show a coordinate system
  1. Click the markups icon in the browser toolbar to view the Markups browser pane.
  2. Clear or select the check box next to a coordinate system listed in the assembly tree.
  3. To hide/show all coordinate systems, clear or select the check box next to Coordinate Systems.

 

Note

The orientation axis types Triad and Navigation Cube—specified under Views and Viewports on the 3D Viewer Settings page—cannot be hidden. If you wish to clear all orientation axes from the view, change the setting to None.

Views
 Setting up the viewport
  1. Open the Viewports menu on the 3D Document Toolbar. (Click the drop-down arrow to the right of the viewports icon to see a drop-down menu listing the available commands.)
  2. Click the viewport arrangement you want.
  3. Optional: To resize a viewport, left-click+drag a separation border.

Note

Once you have made a selection, the viewports icon becomes a toggle, which enables you to switch back and forth between a single viewport and multiple viewports.

 Save a view
  1. Set up your view of the model (viewport, position, markups, and sectioning settings can be saved as a part of your view).
  2. Click the Views icon on the browser toolbar.
  3. Right-click User Views.
  4. Click New...
  5. Type a name for your view and click OK. Your view will appear under User Views along with your username and the time it was saved.

Note

If you don't see your saved view listed in the Views browser, double-click User Views to expand the list.

Double-click the user view name to see features saved as a part of the view (camera, geometry, sectioning, markups, and annotations).

 Set the startup view
  1. In the Views browser, right-click the name of the user view.
  2. Click Startup View on the context menu. A checkmark indicates that the view has been selected as the startup view.
 Update user view camera, geometry, or sectioning information

To remove or update camera position, geometry, or section:

  1. Double-click the user view name.
  2. Right-click Camera, Geometry, or Section, then make a selection from the context menu.

To show camera position, geometry, or section:

  1. Right-click the user view name, then select Capture Camera, Capture Geometry, or Capture Section from the context menu.

Note

If the user view already contains camera, geometry, or section information, the corresponding capture command will be grayed out.

 Move, add, or remove a markup from a user view

To remove all markups from the user view:

  1. Double-click the user view name.
  2. Right-click Markups, then select Remove All.

To add or move a markup to another user view:

  1. Double-click the user view name, then double-click Markups.
  2. Right-click the markup you want to move or add to another view.
  3. Select from the context menu.

Note

You cannot move or add a markup to a standard view.

 Apply a part transformation to a user view

You may apply a part rotation or translation to a specific user view rather than to the part itself.

Note: It is strongly recommended that you create a "startup" view before applying a transformation to any user view.

  1. From the Assembly tree, select the object(s) you want to transform. You can select multiple objects using Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click.
  2. Right-click to open the context menu, then click Transform to open the Transform dialog box.
  3. Enter the appropriate information and click Apply. (See Assemblies and Parts in a 3D Scene and Working with Assemblies and Parts for details.)
  4. Open the Views browser. (Click the Views icon on the 3D Browser toolbar.)
  5. Double-click User View to see the list of saved views.
  6. Right-click the user view you want to update, then right-click Geometry.
  7. Select Update Geometry from the context menu.
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