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Navigating a VRML-viewer

This passage describes how to use and navigate a VRML-viewer, quoting as an illustration the COSMO-player. Utilization of other viewers in most cases follows similar routines. For more detailed description and introduction, please refer to the actual programs´ on-line help.


cosmo console
Tool console of COSMO-player


The graphical window presents the tool console of COSMO-player. To select among the alternatives "rotate", "zoom" and "pan", just pick the according button (left mouse click). The selected function key will be displayed in a different colour and stays active until you select a different button.

How to ...

rotate the model, ...

...just click the graphical window and move the mouse cursor while pressing the left mouse button.


pan the model, ...


...just click the graphical window and move the mouse cursor into the desired direction (up, down, left, right) while pressing the left mouse button.


zoom the model size, ...


...just click the graphical window and move the mouse cursor up (increasing model size) or down (decreasing model size), both while pressing the left mouse button.


Others:

Viewpoints

Preselected views of the model. By pressing this button, you can return to the default-view of the model at any time.


In case an object offers a hidden function, the cursor will change into different shape (as illustrated on the left) to point out this function while moving the cursor over this object .

The virtual worlds of the presented FE-model designed with immersive SIGHT contain such functions, if there are special finite elements results in queue to be shown, or if the cursor moves over the info-icon in the rightmost upper corner of the tool console. By pressing the left mouse button while holding the cursor above those objects, you will activate the visualization of either the fringeplot or the model information. A second mouse click will reestablish the preceding status.