Message - Re: Help! Polar only 'walk' views????

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Posted by  CJ Shumate on December 28, 1998 at 09:58:08:

In Reply to:  Help! Polar only 'walk' views???? posted by Brian Findlay on December 27, 1998 at 14:19:59:

Hello Brian,

One way of thinking about the Eye and Look tools is to imagine the Eye tool is where you are standing, and the Look tool is where you are looking.

You are always looking at something, which is the Look point. By using the Eye tool, you can move around the Look point to view it from different perspectives. You can also use the Option/Alt key with the Eye tool to move closer or farther away from your Look point.

When you wish to look at something else, this requires that you turn your head, in a sense. Do this either by using the Look tool to focus on a new point, or, more accurately, select the Look tool and hold down the Command key (Control for Windows) to position the Look point using a 3D crosshair. Note that you can also use the Option/Alt key while positioning the Look point to move the Look point up or down along the z-axis.

When you have selected a new Look point, the Eye tool will now rotate about this point, rather like a rock on a string.

For more realistic walkthrough capability, use the View menu to go to a Lights and Textures window. Here, the Look tool becomes the Walk tool. To use the Walk tool, simply select it and click and drag to move forward or backward. Using the Option/Alt key with the Walk tool will allow you to look up and down. The Eye tool retains the same functionality in the Lights and Textures window as in the modeling window.

I hope this helps explain navigation in DesignWorkshop. It sometimes takes a bit of getting-used-to, but once you have it down, it is really quite easy.

Happy Holidays!

CJ Shumate

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