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    Navigation Bar and/or Steering Wheel

    Does anyone use the Navigation Bar and/or the Steering Wheel?

    I just added a Wish List item to add the REWIND command to the Ribbon's View tab, but that got me curious if anyone even uses the Steering Wheel.
    Our standard installation even has the Navigation Bar (that little transparent floaty thing on the right of the Window) turned off.

    In fact, because it is hidden so well on the much-hated Steering Wheel, does anyone even know about REWIND?
    It is a super-useful command (sort of like a graphical, nearly unlimited Zoom Previous), but - being on the Steering Wheel, I'd guess a lot of people don't even know about it.
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    I dont use them for nomal modeling and whatnot, but i use the Steering Wheel all the time. The Look and Walk tools are amazing. Between newer hardware, Ambient Shadowing and camera views, and Realistic mode, i like to "look" around spaces all the time during conference calls. Why put it in navisworks, which has the default visual style of an Atari game?

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    Navigation Bar and/or Steering Wheel-battlezone.jpg
    Man, I loved that game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
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    Man, I loved that game!
    That game even had the kind of fake gunsight you had to put your face on to look at the game.

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    I've said it before, but one thing I like to use the steering wheel for is to align section boxes in perspective.

    If you make a perspective view and turn on the section box, you often can't see or get to all the grip handles to adjust the section box. So you click on a corner of the view cube, turning the perspective to an orthographic, adjust the section box, then Rewind the view to the perspective. The Rewind affects the view only, and not any tools that were used, so the section box stays put.

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    I didn't like the steering wheel at first - I just thought it a gimmick - and felt pretty much the same way about the view cube - until I started to really need to get into models. Sure, I still find the section box in a parallel 3D view the best way to get stuff done, but when in perspective, and with the walk speed lowered to the slowest setting (to avoid the acceleration effect as best I can) it's a great tool for virtual touring, and framing views for visualisation. Yes, it could be better - in particular, the I find "pan" inconsistent, and "look" distorts things too quickly (oh to have a fish eye lens affect!) but all in all, it's mighty handy - and has so far kept me from writing that ROI for us all to get Space Pilots.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott D Davis View Post
    The Rewind affects the view only, and not any tools that were used, so the section box stays put.
    Wow! I never knew that - I use the rewind tool when I balls up framing a view - but have never ventured to use it for section box editing simply because of the fear of undoing the work invested framing my views (a hangover from versions past I guess) - and still use the Ctrl+Tab "view-jump-to-a-parallel-3D-view-with-the-section-box-selected"method. But now. Oh boy, Monday Monday!
    Last edited by snowyweston; July 20th, 2012 at 07:47 PM.

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