When you think "wheel," do you think this?
In a previous blog article, I provided an overview of new features in Autodesk Design Review 2008. This posting follow up on that and provides additional information for the 2D Navigation Wheel.
The user interface for Autodesk Design Review has been updated to make a set of "wheels" available to the user:
|2D||2D Navigation||view 2d sheets|
|3D||View Object||view assemblies or individual parts|
|Tour Building||conduct a virtual walk-through|
|Full Navigation||examine 3D objects or conduct virtual walk-throughs of architectural models|
These wheels are divided into sections referred to as wedges. Clicking in a wedge activates functionality identified for that wedge. The 2D Navigation Wheel is a tracking menu that contains Pan and Zoom wedges, providing the same functionality that is provided by the Pan and Zoom tools found on the toolbar. The 2D Navigation Wheel saves you time and clicks by combining these two tools on a single interface.
When a 2D sheet is viewed in Autodesk Design Review, the 2D Navigation Wheel can be activated.
Using the menu item . the 2D Navigation Wheel appears. It features transparency so you can still see the design data underneath it.
The 2D Navigation Wheel follows your cursor. This way it is always nearby. Clicking and holding the left mouse down in the Pan wedge allows you to pan the drawing by moving left or right.
You can then click and hold in the Zoom wedge to zoom by moving up or down.
Try it - you'll like it!
Having one file that can house all of your project data, for all of your project members, that can be shared across the entire life cycle of your project, is a real advantage offered by DWF. Being able to easily navigate this data helps DWF go beyond the paper.
...OR you could try something intuitive! and Gamelike! Like WASD. Rather than reinvent the Wheel (ho ho!)
Posted by: jon | March 20, 2007 at 04:09 AM
Thank you for the suggestion. I have passed it on. Your pun was so clever, I couln't resist making a blog posting out of it: http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2007/03/feedback_of_nav.html
Posted by: Scott Sheppard | March 20, 2007 at 10:10 AM
Do you know if there are any vendors who manufacture the Navigation wheels that can be used in consumer electronics.....
Posted by: Robinson Jose | June 13, 2008 at 05:37 AM
Try contacting www.3Dconnexion.com -
Posted by: Volker Joseph | June 16, 2008 at 09:05 AM