It is important to learn how to move in the Navigation window, as the more expert you’ll be in reaching the needed point of view, the quicker you will design while in 3D.
Everyone has a mouse connected to the PC, so let’s start understanding how to move using the standard mouse buttons.
When you open the Navigation window, the Application will move the observer in:
- the middle of the room, by default
- the first point of view in case you formerly saved in the project one or more points of view
From that position you can move by using the mouse buttons this way:
If you keep the left mouse button pressed, the observer remains in the same position in the layout, but the eyes/head will move depending on the direction you are moving the mouse in. If you move it forward the observer will look at the ceiling. If you move backward the observer will look at the floor. If you move left/right the observer will rotate left/right. If you get lost (and can happen the very first time you practice, don’t worry) click the ‘N’ keyboard button in order to Normalize the view, which is to say restore the view at the original inclination.
The right mouse button allows you to move (walk) inside the room (change the position in the layout). If you keep the right mouse button pressed and start moving the mouse, you will proceed inside the room. If you move it forward, the observer will go ahead; if you move backward, the observer will step back. If you move it right/left, observer will move laterally.
Central wheel button is used in order to move the observer higher/lower. In this way you can easily change the elevation of the eyes.
Try to practice a bit with the mouse and become expert in moving: a good exercise is to get from one corner to the opposite one. Of course you will need to use both left and right button: the left one will set the direction, while the right one will really let the observer walking in the scene.
Gamers are used to move with the mouse in addition with the keyboard buttons, especially W, A, S, D. Click here to learn how to use and configure keyboard buttons in order to navigate the scene.
This article is valid for DomuS3D® 2017 and later versions