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    Walking on the fly

    Hi everyone

    Prior to Revit I was using Archicad where the walk through function can be used on the fly, even with the arrow keys. It just takes a camera and allows to move it while projecting in the viewport at the same time. Up to now, I've just found the walk-through function of Revit that needs to be programmed first and then plays by itself. Nothing live. I can't believe that such a convinient function doesn't exist in Revit (2012).

    Anyone knows how to do it?

    #2
    Yup. When in a perspective view, press SHIFT + W. It opens the navigation wheel, allowing you to walk, zoom, orbit and some things more.
    Arjan Ikink, BIM-engineer at PHB Deventer
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      #3
      Originally posted by ikinks View Post
      Yup. When in a perspective view, press SHIFT + W. It opens the navigation wheel, allowing you to walk, zoom, orbit and some things more.
      The wheel works in all views including 2D but with more limited functionality, however 3D views have the option of these lesser versions also.
      I recommend moving sloooooowwwllly at first....if you totally lose where you are or destroy your camera perspective (which you will) there's a really cool view 'rewind' button :thumbsup: but it is a great tool for getting your camera into weird places like the bottom of internal stairs looking upwards (or whatever). Much easier than screwing around changing between plan/elevation views where you continuously have to 'show camera'.

      The wheels also have the added benefit of being able to move your pointer off screen (like when panning or orbiting) and continue from the opposite side for as long as you keep the button pressed...for some stupid reason this functionality is not available any other way. I guess that's because it's been ported over from other Autodesk 3D software, but it's implementation is still rather clunky wherever I've seen it...like it always follows you around and gets in the way! IMO it would better if you could just dock it somewhere then select what you want like a regular command icon, or even assign specific keyboard shortcuts.
      Last edited by elton williams; October 12, 2011, 10:05 AM.
      There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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        #4
        Originally posted by elton williams View Post
        like it always follows you around and gets in the way! IMO it would better if you could just dock it somewhere then select what you want like a regular command icon, or even assign specific keyboard shortcuts.
        Now that would have my vote for wishlist item of the month... Those things irritate the hell out of me, but they do have real cool features. On the other hand, if I wanted a mouse pointer cluttering up half my screen I'd fix it in Windows. So I don't use it nearly as much as I would like to.
        Martijn de Riet
        Professional Revit Consultant | Revit API Developer
        MdR Advies
        Planta1 Revit Online Consulting

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          #5
          This is where a 3D mouse really comes into its own. It allows you to navigate the model really precisely and examine things from the inside in camera view giving you control just not possible with the wheel. I've found many modelling errors this way, brilliant for auditing models!
          Darryl Store - Associate (BIM)
          [email protected]
          Twitter: @darrylstore

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            #6
            Yes, it works !!! Thanks a lot.

            Now, we just need a record mode to create a walth-trough a funny way ...

            However, it's difficult to move in one direction while looking in another one since everything goes thru the mouse. I've just ordered a SpaceExplorer, so I hope that it will help me navigate more easily in the buildings.
            Last edited by Eric; October 12, 2011, 12:32 PM.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Darryl PRP View Post
              This is where a 3D mouse really comes into its own. It allows you to navigate the model really precisely and examine things from the inside in camera view giving you control just not possible with the wheel. I've found many modelling errors this way, brilliant for auditing models!
              ...smarty pants :laugh:
              There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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                #8
                Originally posted by Eric View Post
                Yes, it works !!! Thanks a lot.

                Now, we just need a record mode to create a walth-trough a funny way ...

                However, it's difficult to move in one direction while looking in another one since everything goes thru the mouse. I've just ordered a SpaceExplorer, so I hope that it will help me navigate more easily in the buildings.
                You can use the steering wheel and keyboard at the same time. For instance, click and hold on Look on the steering wheel. Use the mouse to look around. While continuing to hold Look, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to walk. Wherever you Look, walking with arrow keys will go that direction.
                Scott D Davis
                Sr. AEC Technical Specialist
                Autodesk, Inc.
                http://bit.ly/aboutsdd

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Scott D Davis View Post
                  You can use the steering wheel and keyboard at the same time. For instance, click and hold on Look on the steering wheel. Use the mouse to look around. While continuing to hold Look, use the arrow keys on the keyboard to walk. Wherever you Look, walking with arrow keys will go that direction.

                  I never knew that! thanks Scott :wine:
                  There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by elton williams View Post
                    ...there's a really cool view 'rewind' button :thumbsup: ....
                    I wish there was a Keyboard Shortcut for Rewind.
                    I'd love to just get that filmstrip up, scroll back to an earlier view and BAM! be right back to the View:
                    RW... scroll...pick...done
                    Instead of:
                    Click on Wheel...chase Wheel around til I get over Rewind...Hold on Rewind...scroll back to earlier View.. bam! restore View...chase Wheel around until I find the X...Close Wheel
                    Dave Plumb
                    BWBR Architects; St Paul, MN

                    CADsplaining: When a BIM rookie tells you how you should have done something.

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