Selecting Standard Views
using the Viewpoint Palette

This task shows you how to obtain standard views of your document using the Viewpoint Palette.
The Viewpoint Palette provides an easy and precise way to define your document views.
It gives you access to a certain number of viewing tools that will let you fine-tune viewpoints. You can:
  • pan and rotate as well as turn your head to view or move closer to different objects in your document by predetermined increments (zoom in, zoom out) 
  • fine-tune a standard view
  • retrieve stored viewpoints and combine them to produce an animation.

For a diagram describing the meaning of the Eye, Target, Viewing Distance and Viewing Angle, see 3D Representation in the glossary.

Insert the platform.model document from the samples folder.
  1. Select View -> Viewpoint Palette...
    The Viewpoint Palette dialog box appears.

  1. In the Translate box, click to activate the change view commands.
    The Translate box now offers a number of standard views (top, back, left, right, front and bottom) you can use to display the document:

  1. Click the desired view.

For example, clicking the Top view icon obtains the top view:


The other views are:  

Bottom view

Left view

Right view

Front view

Back view

You can fine-tune your standard view using other viewing tools (pan, zoom, rotate and turn head) in the Viewpoint Palette.

You can also obtain standard views of your document using the View-> Named Views... command.